Why Most Veterans Die a Little Inside Every Time You Thank Them For Their Service.

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                A few years ago it became a thing to thank people in the military for their service.  While we in the military can understand and appreciate the sentiment behind this, most of us would rather not hear it, and I will try to explain why.  Obviously since there are over a million people currently …

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The Buddhist Problem With Identity

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One of the hardest lessons that comes out of meditation is the realization that we never truly know who we are.  At birth you we are given a name, a religion, a nationality, and race.  Then we spend the rest of our lives defending a fictional identity. We have to shed our preconceived notions of …

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Using unknown variables to deal with anger

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Like many people, one of the reasons I began studying Buddhism and practicing meditation was to help deal with some of my anger management issues, so when my new truck (new to me) was involved in a hit and run accident before I had even made the first payment on it, I was presented with …

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What Video Games Taught Me About Buddhism

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I am bad at playing video games.  When I say this, I mean I am bad at playing video games.  I can’t fly, I can’t drive, more than half the time I’m not sure where I’m supposed to go, and I believe that if I swing my own arms in the direction I want my …

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The Life Principle

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Please welcome guest blogger Phoenix to the page.  I’ve recently had the privilege of getting to know Phoenix by reading some of his voluminous work, and having philosophical debates with him as we serve the homeless community in our area.  Phoenix is very passionate about his philosophical inquiries, and easing the suffering of those around …

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Should we ever block a child from receiving Christ’s love?

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Last Friday, the Mormon Church took a not so surprisingly strong stance against gay marriage; banning the children with gay and lesbian (do you have to say that?  Gay and lesbian?  Or does gay cover both?) from being baptized, going on missions or receiving blessings. Like many people here, both members and non-members of the …

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Pew Pew Pew Gun Control

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When it comes to Right Speech, I often defer to the Thumper philosophy where if I can’t say something nice, I will remain silent.  However, silence is a form of acceptance, and I can’t be silent on this anymore. As most of you know, I am a former Marine.  I have sniper training, and have …

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Salt Lake Comic Con 2015

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I’m very happy to announce that I will be at Salt Lake Comic Con this year, September 24th-26th.  You can find me in Artist’s Alley, Gold 38 will be my booth number.  Look for the gold table dressings I’m thrilled to have two new books that will make their debut at this Comic Con. First …

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Kindness is not a crime

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A couple of years ago, I took part in a community outreach program held by The Legacy Initiative here in Salt Lake City, where we fed burritos to the homeless, while being dressed as superheroes. Our local Comic Con was giving away passes to some of the participants, and honestly, my focus was way more …

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Curling and letting go

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I wish I had the ability to pick up on the messages the universe sends me a little faster. I swear my skull is at least three times the thickness of the average male, so external stimuli has to fight pretty hard to get through. It’s not that I don’t understand, it’s the implementation that …

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