Category Archives: Faith in the world

Best tweets of the week, 8/27/14

This post is something I’ve been meaning to start up on a regular basis.

As my regular readers know, I’m always trying to combat the cynicism (and frankly darkness) that mostly consumes our country (and world?).

And Twitter, for all its faults, provides a decent daily nourishment if you know where to look. And since most of you probably aren’t on Twitter, I thought I’d share some pretty good Tweets from the past week. (As well as just a few that may be newsworthy, but something you didn’t see.)

Hope they encourage you or make you think, as well!

(Legend: RT= Retweet, or repeating another person’s tweet. MT=ModifiedTweet, or modifying — usually shortening — a tweet.)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: My name is Stan R. Mitchell and I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the news business, working as a reporter, editor, and publisher. I write every chance I get and I’m far too ambitious for my own good. Please consider subscribing to my blog for email alerts or taking a look at some of my action books.

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A super strong book recommendation

I wrote this more than two years ago. Now, two years later, I still feel the same.

So, if you’re interested in something that helped (and continues to help) me tremendously, here she be:

The greatest gift I’ve ever received: The $10,000 book that changed my life

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please consider subscribing for email alerts of new posts.


 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 finding 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.

 

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Some wisdom about arguing politics, with some great humor, as well

I see some nasty political arguments, and facebook has made such arguments all the more easy.

I’ve seen two totally reasonable people, both of whom I know well, unfriend each other and do everything but curse each other out.

With this nasty divide that’s spreading in our country, I thought I’d share some wise words from author Len Levinson:

I just read a line in a history book, and the line made me think of Facebook. The line was:

“But when you’re in the midst of hot argument, you don’t always present the other side fairly.”

This plays out constantly in Facebook. I’d estimate at least half or two-thirds of posts are political. People misrepresent opposing views so as to better shoot them down. Even I, the very soul of fairness and decency, sometimes get tempted into playing this dishonest game.

Evidently many people feel threatened by dissent, and become desperate to defend certain points of view, or attack other points of view. In their desperation, they believe that anything goes, including cheap shots, vituperation, character assassination, ridicule, omission or distortion of pertinent facts, etc.

We can’t have a better world unless the dialogue is elevated. Instead, the dialogue shows every sign of sinking deeper into the muck. I have no solution. I’m just trying to be a voice for moderation in this increasing immoderate world.

If these words helped you any, maybe consider sharing them with a friend or family member. I continue to worry about how divided we are as a country, and how completely unable we are to even discuss things with someone that we disagree with. (And Congress is even worse.)

Remember the words of Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

(Note: Being a Marine, it’s nice to have a back up plan. So, if the words of wisdom don’t work, share this video. It should have them laughing so hard they’re crying, and then peace will be restored. The political argument forgotten.)

(Note No. 2: If the laughing doesn’t work, just try some of the moves. It’s for the good of our country, after all. George Washington said he’d approve.)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please consider subscribing for email alerts of new posts.


 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 finding 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.

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Sometimes we crash — Two important life lessons

Fellow blogger Britt Skrabanek shared a beautiful story a couple of weeks back that ended with two of the most important life lessons that I can think of.

Sometimes we crash.

Make sure you check it out if you get a moment.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please consider subscribing for email alerts of new posts.


 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 finding 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.

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A small reminder about our elected officials

Earlier today, I noticed on my Twitter feed the following post by CNN reporter Jake Tapper:

https://twitter.com/jaketapper/status/477158775166869504

So, I see this tweet of his, and I immediately think, “Wonder what these blowhards think about the situation?”

Given that I didn’t recognize either of the names, I clicked to see their Twitter profiles.

What I saw stunned me.

Go ahead and do so. I’ll wait.

Click: https://twitter.com/TulsiGabbard. Read her bio on the left, under the picture.

And now click: https://twitter.com/RepKinzinger. Same thing: Read his bio.

Pretty amazing, huh?

Two veterans of the Iraq war, who completely don’t fit my profile of a member of Congress. (A surfer? An Air National Guard pilot?)

And seeing these two atypical members gives me great hope. I don’t know their voting backgrounds. I don’t know their beliefs. But it’s nice to see that we have a couple of war veterans who appear real and down to earth. COMPLETELY, so. (Go ahead, read some of their tweets. Glance at the pics they’ve posted.)

This entire exercise reminds me that we need to balance out our negative thoughts of Congress. I know we’re all totally inundated 24/7 with talk about what losers and dirtbags we have serving. And this is usually followed by some horrendous portrayal of a few extreme members of the right or left.

And this view, reinforced day in and day out, can cause us all to grow concerned. Or angry. Or uncaring, because it all seems so impossible to fix.

But I try to hold to the idea that America has always found young leaders (or old leaders pulled out of retirement) who have stepped up and helped our country in its darkest days.

Seeing these two profiles, I’m reminded that our future crop of leaders is out there. (Or maybe it’s time a tried and true one returned to the fray.)

And this feeling of hope is a good feeling to have.

That’s my positive thought for the day. Dismiss it if you choose.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please consider subscribing for email alerts of new posts.


 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 finding 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.

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