Friday, July 29, 2016

Things I Have Been Reading Recently. Added to 30 July 2016.

Life is busy. In a little over a month I will finally sign out to leave the Army behind. Much to do. No time to do it in. Regardless, I still find a little time here and there to read different things online. Here is what I have been reading recently:

Courage Vs. Boldness: How to Live With Spartan Bravery. This article analyzes the difference between the ideas of Courage and Boldness. While the British Special Air Services' motto, "Who Dares, Wins" is true in certain aspects of warfare and life, simple courage is what is more often needed in our everyday lives. The article delves deep into the book Tides of War by Stephen

Pressfield. Pressfield has made a name for himself writing historical fiction centered around the Greek civilization. His writing catches much of the spirit of the age and you find yourself lost in the world he is describing. History changes (or not), human nature does not change. The simple lessons discussed here are just as applicable today as they were then.

What I Saw and Learned in the Kolyma Camps. 46 observations from Varlam Shalamov who lived in and out of Soviet work and prison camps throughout his life. Some very eye opening things here. One of the observations that stood out to me was number 8: "I saw that the only group that retained a bit of their humanity, despite the starvation and abuse, were the religious, the sectarians, almost all of them — and the majority of the priests."

Gear System: Philosophy, Set Up, Use, Fitness & Mindset: Max Velocity reposted an article from almost a year and half ago. It is lengthy, but take notes. Work around your limitations.

Essays in Idleness: David Warren's essays are a breath of fresh air in a world gone mad. I will add him to the blog roll.

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors: More wisdom from John Mosby on building your tribe and what it takes to make it last.


  1. Best of luck on attaining your DOS.

    And anything by Pressfield is superb, as I'm sure you're aware. Hope you stay active upon resuming civilian status.

    1. Thanks DTG! I am hoping that I will have more time to blog while looking for work. And work out, train, teach, and many other things. A sabbatical actually would be very nice.

      Thanks for stopping by!