Hear the words of Marine Corps CPL Kyle Carpenter, and be inspired!

“The enemy killed me. I came back.”

These are the remarkable words of Medal of Honor recipient Corporal Kyle Carpenter.

He continues: “I ran a marathon. Completed a mud run. And jumped from a plane.

“I won’t ever quit. I am just getting started.”

Watch the video, be inspired, and be thankful for another generation of warriors like this.

Then think on what he said and tackle whatever problem (or problems) you have facing you.

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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This nearly brought tears to my eyes

Turn your volume down, get everyone to leave you alone, and take four minutes and watch the entire thing.

Just watch it and think about what you’re seeing.

(My thanks to Stacy Reller for highlighting this and bringing it to my attention.)

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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Author Mark Allen interviews me, and tosses some tough questions my way

Author Mark Allen interviewed me earlier this week. He asked me everything from what brought me into the action fiction genre to what I say to those who claim the genre glorifies violence.

Definitely some great (and tough) questions. The interview is located here.

Big thanks to Mark for the interview. He’s an amazing writer, and I’m lucky to have crossed paths with him.

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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Some advice and inspiration from a best-selling author

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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