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Religious Minority

How Anthony Bourdain Got Me Through Post-War Depression

November is a month of mixed feelings. Like September, a month filled with melancholic memories of 9/11, the ominous uptick of pumpkin spice latte ads, Suicide Awareness Month, and my birthday, November provides a lens of reflection for Veterans Day. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t share how Anthony Bourdain’s suicide in June was so personally devastating – especially when he saved me from my own as an Iraq War Veteran. After I…

Ash Flakes

Uncountable drops clouding and squeezing me tight, as I ponder with wonder of the unknown above me and below and yet to come. Lonely sets in with uncomfortable ease as is the meek face of a new born wide eyed with astonishment and wanting of womb, with facial expression of fear from detachment of comfort and heart beat from its only known home. Below distant and loud as salty misty fog groups gather in clumps,…

Decolonize Love: Fighting Colonialism in the Age of Indigenous Renaissance

Decolonize Love: Fighting Colonialism in the Age of Indigenous Renaissance A look back on a 12-hour conversation where love was decolonized between two veterans. When I met Alessandro on our first date, he told me he was born in Genoa, the birthplace of Cristoforo Colombo, or Christopher Columbus as we know him in the United States. My heart sank for a moment, and as much as I tried to hide my disgust over hearing Columbus…

Counseling on the Battlefield: When the Abyss Stares Back

By M.B. Dallocchio Summer 2005 in Ramadi, Iraq was hell.  However, the blistering 138 degree heat paled in comparison to the hellfire my fellow troops and I endured with constant rocket and mortar attacks accompanied with daily firefights between us and insurgents on the streets. At this point in time, I had just returned from my R&R leave which was a relief to me as the whole time I was away from Iraq, I somehow…

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