After Memorial Day

June 5th, 2011

By Jan Barry What do Americans do the day after Memorial Day? Move on, mostly, into the swing of summer, the resumption of daily routines uninterrupted by badgering advertisements for holiday sales and blaring reminders to commemorate the war dead. So the crowd was sparse the day after Memorial Day at the Veterans’ Voices poetry […]


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At the Movies: A Veteran’s War

March 3rd, 2011

By Jan Barry It was a long way from a machinegun mount in a military convoy in Baghdad. Robynn Murray’s getup was very elegant on Sunday at the Academy Awards in Beverly Hills, California. What made her stand out from the famous movie stars at Hollywood’s gala event was the brace of tattooed pistols perched […]


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Living with Death’s Shadow

December 23rd, 2010

By Jan Barry Holiday blues. Survivor guilt. Withering blasts of grief. Like so many war veterans, I’ve been living with these and other chronic nightmares most of my adult life. It often gets worse during holiday seasons and certain anniversaries. For many of us, this is an intensely private story that’s seldom talked about in […]


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The Psychic Toll of the Great Recession

October 4th, 2010

By Dr. Jim Taylor Of course I’m concerned about the financial well-being of our citizens. Every layoff and foreclosure hurts not only individuals and their families, but also the over-all health of our economy. But, given my Ph.D. in Psychology, I’m also deeply concerned about the impact of the Great Recession on the individual psyches […]


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Ignoring the Obvious

November 6th, 2009

By Tom Carter Like many other people, I’ve been following the news of the massacre at Fort Hood.  There are a lot of things about it that aren’t surprising, including who the killer is, what his motives were, and how the mainstream media is covering it. How many were surprised to find that his name […]


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