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Enlightenment?

My wonderful and crazy brother-in-law Chris Paul, is a Vietnam veteran, nurse, gardener, wiseguy, masseuse, and granddad. I love him to pieces, and don't know anyone more enlightened than he.

Say "Knock, knock."

So Little Time

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My granddad was a prolific gospel songwriter,  producing scores of songs and publishing them in two volumes of revival songs. He never took a piano lesson, but composed by sitting at the big black grand piano in the living room and plunking out a simple melody and harmony with two fingers. Often his baritone voice would be accompanied by the silken yowls of his collie, Flicka.

Nicole Brodeur | A soldier fights for empathy | Seattle Times Newspaper

This is an article published a couple of years ago about Ashleigh Fortier, a Captain in the Washington State National Guard who led a military police company for a year in Iraq through some amazing and horrific experiences. She spent a day with me in a classroom with 60 young women at Forest Ridge, a Bellevue high school, telling her story and doing an amazing job of teaching about the experience and trauma of war.

The light at the tip of the candle

"Veterans are the light at the tip of the candle, illuminating the way for the whole nation. If veterans can achieve awareness, transformation, understanding, and peace, they can share with the rest of society the realities of war. And they can teach us how to make peace with ourselves and each other, so we never have to use violence to resolve conflicts again'. -- Thich Nhat Hahn

Orrin Gorman McClellan

Orrin McClellan was born on March 22, 1985. He grew up on Whidbey Island, Washington and graduated from Bayview High School in 2003. At the age of 18 he joined the Army and spent 3 years in the service, including a deployment in Afghanistan.

Three Amigos

Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Sheikh Jamal Rahman, authors of "Getting to the Heart of Interfaith," continue their humorous approach to deepening the wisdom of their spiritual traditions.

Voices Education Project

Andrew Himes was the executive producer of Voices in Wartime: an acclaimed feature-length documentary now available on DVD. He is now a member of the board of Voices Education Project.

View the experience of war through powerful images and the words of poets, soldiers, journalists, historians and experts on combat from around the world. Learn how the experience of war extends beyond national borders and into the depth of the human soul.

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