Gay, transgender, male, female... understand that with a burning fire deep from within my gut, I don't give a flying fuck how you identify or what your preference in salad dressing is. I have had one requirement in my 14 years as a Noncommissioned Officer: that you can do your fucking job. Nothing else matters. … Continue reading A Quick Diatribe on Discrimination in a Military Context
It's time that I conduct a "corporate" restructure. . . A personal reinvention, if you will. So, here are some changes that are to begin immediately. Put maximum effort into my writing endeavors. Writing has always been a hobby for me. Until recently, I treated it as such. I'd scribble some poetry, dab some ink … Continue reading The Personal Restructuring of My Life
In a contemporary world wrought with justification for human indignities in the name of abstractions, it is important that we remember where these actions have led us in the past... the not so distant past. Actions are still justified in the name of abstracts: religion, party, and country. Socialism, communism, nationalism, protectionism.... Make America Great … Continue reading Atrocities in the Name of Abstracts
White privilege is a thing, and once people stop reacting to it as though it's a negative connotation thrust at white people and see it as a societal current state of affairs people might give themselves pause enough to begin having the discussion. I'm not non-white. I've never had to deal with, nor could I … Continue reading White Privilege Exists; Stop Being So Defensive
I had the recent pleasure of visiting Riga; such a beautiful city with a tragic, war-filled history. Here are some random photographs. I'll try to caption what I can remember in the upcoming days. -SMW-
Here's a little non-poetic, personal stuff for ya. 6 months ago, 181 days precisely, I embarked on a new journey; the journey of sobriety. After years of punishing my body and bad decisions, it was time. The catalyst that created the realization is irrelevant, but it became apparent that I no longer had a grip … Continue reading Sobriety
Enjoying some treats on my last day in Latvia.