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My oldest daughter has a security blanket named “Pooh.” It’s actually a fitted bed sheet (what’s left of it) with a “Winnie the Pooh” print that went over her crib and she’s carried it around since she could crawl. Sometimes it’s […]

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Hands down, my favorite part of Marine Corps. Basic Training was drill. Performing rifle movements, marching patterns, singing cadences…and of all those things, the evening jog cadence with our Senior Drill Instructor is what I miss most. I still remember the […]

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In Flann O’Brien’s literary masterpiece, At Swim-Two-Birds, the protagonist is a young writer whose own characters conspire against him in order to determine their own fates. The insurgency falls apart only after the young protagonist, at the end of the novel, completes […]

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On September 11th, 2001, our world caught on fire. Everything we knew…our innocent concept of reality–was raped, pillaged, and burned. It was our Pearl Harbor, our “day of infamy,” the singular event that shaped my generation. Today I’ve asked you, […]

Two very special events took place this week 1) We signed up my daughters to play soccer AND I volunteered as a coach, and 2) My youngest daughter’s birthday is today. She’s turning 6! She’s super excited and we’ll have […]

In 1499, hundreds of years before the full equality of women was established anywhere else, Guru Nanak said: “From woman, man is born; within woman, man is conceived; to woman he is engaged and married. Woman becomes his friend; through […]

The more I read about Sikh history and their martial evolution, the more geeked out I get. I mean, these guys (and gals) are seriously like the Jedi Knights of the religious world!               […]

There is a large calendar on my wall that I use to mark off the days for Project Conversion. Each night before bed I mark off the recently extinguished day and settle into bed. The next day, I rise before […]

I’ve heard it translated a few ways: “House of the Guru,” “House of God”…either way, this is the base of communal and spiritual life for all Sikhs. Just about anywhere in the world you find a Sikh, rest assured there is […]

I’m just going to come out and say it: Sikhs are bad-ass. Who else carries a blade or sword as an article of faith? Who else has a religion known for its peaceful disposition, yet has its own martial art (called […]