I want to welcome all of the new subscribers to the site and do hope that you tell your friends. As you probably figured out I write about a lot of subjects, some of which may be of great interest to you and others not so much. Don’t worry I’m not offended if you don’t like or read everything that I write. In a way this site is like a buffet and you can chose what you like and what you don’t. By the way, just a fair warning since I am getting ready to lead my students to Gettysburg at the end of the month you are going to get a bunch of Civil War and Gettysburg articles over the next few weeks as I update my text for the class.
As a Priest, a historian and career military officer, who suffers from PTSD, chronic insomnia, a major crisis in faith with continued doubts about God and a bunch of other stuff from my time in Iraq I sometimes use what I write to work through my own stuff as well as offer support to others who might be walking down a similar path. I am a pretty flawed person, but I am okay with that as it keeps me humble and allows me to be a bit more gracious to most people. Like I said, I’m pretty flawed so I can’t say more gracious to everyone. Some people drive me absolutely crazy and to keep my sanity I pretty much try to shut them out. There are times that like the legendary Don Quixote I joust at windmills as well
I happen to love baseball and I am a big fan of the Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants and I keep season tickets with the Norfolk Tides who are the Orioles Triple-A farm team. Baseball is probably as important to my faith, after all I like Jesus very much, but he no help with curveball, and baseball is probably as important to my spirituality, mental health and resiliency as anything but my wife Judy who you can follow at the Abbey Normal Abbess, my dogs Molly and Minnie and my friends at the Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant in Virginia Beach. I love music, especially classic rock, pop, R&B, country-rock and soul from the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
I find meaning in a lot of things, faith, history, baseball, music, literature, the lives of complicated and often contradictory people, as well as nature. History, military theory, foreign policy and the relationships of nations and peoples are a passion for me. So I write a lot about them, as I do some social, religious, and political issues.
Politically I am more progressive than I ever was before, and I definitely fall on the liberal-progressive side of the tracks on almost every issue. Though I am a career military officer, since I have seen it, I view war as an evil; a last resort and I am a critic of the chicken-hawks who can’t get enough of war even though they have no skin in the game. I spent most of my life as a pretty conservative Republican until I came back changed from my time in Iraq. That being said I don’t hold politics against anyone and I have close friends who we may disagree with in terms of politics, religion, social issues or if they happen to be Yankee’s or Dodgers fans; but we still are friends, we get along and enrich each others lives. That is important to me because relationships matter and unfortunately our society is so divided right now that a lot of people seem incapable of seeing past their own views to keep friends.
I am a Christian but even so I struggle with faith. When I returned from Iraq I went through a faith crisis that left me pretty much as an agnostic for about two years. I try to be honest about my struggle with faith and as transparent as I can in dealing with my own issues, the stigma associated with PTSD, depression and other mental health issues.
So anyway welcome to the new folks, thank you to the faithful and I hope that you have a great night.