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Reenacting the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in Civil War, Go East USA, Journalism Today, North America, Places to Trek | 0 comments

“There’s so many stars up there.” “What?” I opened my eyes and watched the stars spin before my eyes and then come to a stop. The whiskey was still fresh on my breath.”Yea, its been a while since I’ve seen that many stars”Above me, dressed in blue pants, a checkered shirt, a long beard, and old eyes gazing at the sky, stood a Union Civil War soldier. “Mind if I sit down beside you here.” “Sure, I was about to go to sleep, but I’m awake now.” He hit the ground, like a ton of bricks, and sprawled out on the grass next to the fire. I could tell right away he was hammered off his ass. “I used to live in the mountains.” “Oh? Did you now” “Yea back in the sixties. A bunch of us moved into...

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Violent Ignorance-The obsession with fake violence in the first-world

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 in Current Events, Journalism Today | 0 comments

I believe a large problem, with our culture in the U.S. and others in the western world, is we are obsessed with violence and war. It isn’t  real violence or war, but rather a fake interpretation of war that we pretend to be real. Our video games, movies, etc. give us a fake interpretation of what “violence” is. In the movies, we see Bruce Willis firing the machine gun, things exploding, and people falling down. In video games, we get shot and are allowed start over again. There is no finality to it. Let me first point out that these movies and video games don’t bother me and I am as entertained, as anybody, to watch or play them, but this turns into a problem when, as a whole culture, we make unified and conscious decision to go to...

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The War Photographer

Posted by on Nov 25, 2012 in Current Events, Journalism Today | 0 comments

War is the lowest or at least one of the lowest attributes of the human species. In the 21st century we claim to be more evolved, more intelligent, and more civilized than our early ancestors. But, we are still animals. Every animal in nature has a defense mechanism, that defends them against danger, and humans are no different. We see danger from other human beings and we react with violence. At the same time, our consciousness has evolved and most of us agree that killing another human is taboo or wrong. Religions around the world preach against killing another human and governments punish their citizens for committing it, while at the same time we support an acceptable form of killing in the form of war. It is almost as if humans are so vulnerable to their instincts that we...

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Pepper Spray, Puking, and Occupy D.C.

Posted by on Nov 18, 2012 in Current Events, Journalism Today | 0 comments

One thing I’ve learned from my first protest is to always bring a face-mask or, even more, a gas mask, because frankly pepper spray sucks. I found this out first-hand last year during the peak of the Occupy movement.  College life at West Virginia University began to feel repetitive,  so to break up the monotony I jumped in the car and drove for 3 hours to a subway station outside of Washington D.C. Repping army boots and my canvas camera backpack I use for hiking, I became an anomaly in the middle of the business crowd rushing like cattle towards their box cubicles where they would spend the rest of their day staring at computer screens until they turned into money and could buy them a new television screen that they could go home  and stare at until they fell asleep. Manufactured...

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Cedar Creek Battle

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Civil War, Journalism Today | 0 comments

Printed in Civil War Courier Magazine What Reenacting Means To Me Imagine it’s an October night time in a Virginian field and the stars fill the sky. You march, from the warmth of the campfire, into the darkness.  No one speaks and the only sound is the soft putter of brogans on rock and grass.  You hold your Springfield rifle in your hand and stare off into the darkness when, suddenly, your captain whispers sharply to “Halt!” Your captain stares off at tree line in the distance, which begins to excite your fellow soldiers.  “Fire!” A voice booms out and a flash of fire, followed by the sound of rifles, erupts from the tree line.  Everyone begins to scramble into line as the officers try to shout orders.  A huge shrill cry comes forth from the tree line, and...

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