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This is Kyle, and he’s about to restore your faith in humanity

Just a reminder of how important showing kindness can be.

You won’t believe this story.

This is Kyle, and he’s about to restore your faith in humanity.

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.

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In the darkest moments, these people responded in the most beautiful ways

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, my friends.

I’ve been writing like a maniac on Mexican Heat, and finally finished it last night.

Anyway, I read this a week or so ago and saved it to share with you guys, but I’m just now getting around to doing so. Regardless, I hope it touches you the way it touched me.

In the darkest of moments, these people responded in the most beautiful ways.

Be kind to someone tomorrow (or tonight, if you can), and keep loving and believing in yourself.

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.

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Rest in Peace, Tyler Cone

A fellow Marine shared this on facebook: Rest in Peace, Tyler Cone.

It’s a story that’s unfortunately far too common. A returning vet taking their own life.

If you get a moment, read the short story of his life and try to think of a vet you know. Honestly, there’s almost no one who goes in who doesn’t come back changed and a little messed up.

Or, at least it’s almost always this way with the Marines that I know.

And partly it’s because things are so clear while you’re serving. You’re doing worthwhile work, you have the closest friends you’ll probably ever have, and things are simple. (Not always fun or easy, but certainly simple.)

And when you get out, the freedom and sudden lack of responsibility is a cold, hard slap in the face. You go from being a hero and doing something worthwhile to stocking shelves and dealing with some seriously immature and spoiled people, who just don’t get it. And you’re getting all these questions about what’s it like to serve and it’s just impossible to answer to someone who’s never been there.

Ack. It’s too complicated to get into without writing a novel. Please read about Tyler Cone (link, once again) and then share some love in the world.

To a vet, if you can, but since we’re impossible to approach or help sometimes, help someone who’s just hurting.

That stranger at the gas station who hasn’t taken a bath or shaven.

That weird friend on facebook who’s posting odd and scary posts on their timeline.

Hell, go give ten or twenty dollars to that woman or man who pulls up to a gas pump in a beat-up car and a look of desperation and fear in their eyes. 

Spread some love and good karma, friends. This world can be a cold, hard place.

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.

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How to respond to negative people without being negative

I needed to read this… Really dealing with someone who drives me crazy and gossips and judges to no end.

How to respond to negative people without being negative.

So, how do you deal with negative people? Do you blow them off? Avoid them? Try to change them? Or what?

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.

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Jewish hospital a fixture in Tehran

An odd story I came across today that both knocks down a stereotype I held and gives me just a bit more hope in the world.

Jewish hospital a fixture in Tehran.

I know I’m a little dense in the head, but if you had told me prior to me reading this article that there were Jews so openly (and safely) living in Iran, I’m not sure I would have believed it. (Would you have?)

Yet more proof — me thinks — that much of our knowledge from the media is far too generalized (and often wrong). And given that the hospital has been there for fifty years, it reminds me that no matter how loud and ugly the crazies may be, their power isn’t nearly as strong as they think.

UPDATE 5:41 p.m.: My friend Raj, who has a PhD and is about a million times smarter than me, made the following comment on facebook, which I thought was worth sharing: “Persia also known as Iran (British name) has had Jews from the times of the Old Testament. Iranians do not hate the Jews, they hate Zionism and the state of Israel. Rather the Koran directs Muslims to protect the people of “The Book.” Jews have left Persia after the formation of Israel to be in the promised land, not because of prosecution.”

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.

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