Monthly Archives: December 2013

2013 in review

Here’s the 2013 annual report for this blog.

I really appreciate all of you all, and the community we have here.

I’ll be posting some big news regarding 2014, probably tomorrow.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 93,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

8 Comments

Filed under Stories about my life

Something positive and inspiring to help kick off your week

Every day, we’re inundated with fear and bad news… (Knock out game, Congressional impasse, a huge divide in our country, you name it…)

Here, though, is something positive. Something inspiring. Something that will make you feel better about the world, and remind you that each of us can do a small thing here and there to make this world more bearable for those around us.

It’s a bit long, but worth the watch.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please, consider following me and joining our small community. And, also, make sure you leave a comment. I love hearing from you guys and I try to answer each and every comment. No need to sign in or use your name.

Leave a comment

Filed under Random posts

USMC postpones rule for women doing pull-ups

Women just took another hit in their effort to serve in infantry units in the Marine Corps.

The Marine Corps quietly cancelled its new rule that required women to be able to do three pull ups instead of a flexed arm hang, which meant holding one’s chin above the pull-up bar for at least 15 seconds.

Here’s the full story: Marines: Most Female Recruits Don’t Meet New Pullup Standard.

Go read the story and come back and share your thoughts. I’d love to know what you all think, both about the pull-up requirement postponement, and women serving in the infantry.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Believe me… You really want to follow me. And, please, leave a comment. It helps build our community, plus I love hearing from you guys. Best of all, I try to answer each and every comment and remember, you don’t have to sign in or use your name.

16 Comments

Filed under Marine Corps

Netflix purging 89 movies; catch these while you can

BuzzFeed listed 89 movies that will be coming off of Netflix come Jan. 1.

The article – Watch These 89 Movies Before Netflix Purges Them On Jan. 1 — listed all 89 and here were the ones I saw that were worth catching if you haven’t seen them yet:

  • Braveheart
  • Lionheart
  • Jarhead
  • Platoon
  • Top Gun
  • We Were Soldiers

 Did I miss any? (I tried to keep the list short and manageable…)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after surviving three years of war only to find himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron. And “Soldier On,” a short novel, follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to make it through the final, miserable months of World War II.

4 Comments

Filed under Movie thoughts

Merry Christmas from home, and from abroad

Hey guys,

I just wanted to wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas! I hope you all get some enjoyable time with your family, and I thought I’d share some pictures from back in the late ’90s when I was away from home.

Hopefully, these will serve as a reminder that there are thousands and thousands of military service members deployed throughout the world.

They’re in harm’s way,

Albania

My unit in Albania, evacuating Americans from harm’s way.

out at sea without the benefit of mail,

Ship life

U.S.S. Nassau in 1997. The ship my unit was on.

and crammed in tight ships too tight to be even remotely considered humane.

Me on ship

Me, at right, with a fellow Marine on the U.S.S. Nassau, definitely wishing I was home for that Christmas!

We owe them greatly for their service. Please remember them and thank a vet every chance you get…

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after surviving three years of war only to find himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron. And “Soldier On,” a short novel, follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to make it through the final, miserable months of World War II.

16 Comments

Filed under Marine Corps, National security, Stories about my life