Category Archives: Faith in the world

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.

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 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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Solar Roadways?

Now this seems like one of the biggest ideas I’ve ever come across.

What do you all think? (Hat Tip, Kelly Callison.)

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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Police officer buys bed, TV, Wii for teen

Good evening, members of Mitchell’s Militia!

Just a reminder that while the world has overwhelming problems that can make you throw up your hands and surrender, there are also things you can do in your own community to completely change someone’s life.

Take this story, as an example.

Police officer buys bed, TV, Wii for teen.

Read it, be inspired, and do a good deed this weekend. (Even a card or letter or visit to a loved one.)

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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Don’t bet against America

Some days, I read and watch too much news.

Or stand and talk too long to some crotchety, old man bellowing about how things used to be.

Or maybe I sit and reflect unnecessarily on how our political parties have brewed hatred, hatched controversy, and ripped us apart as a country.

And on the days that I do too much of any of these things, I begin to worry.

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