Grandfathered: Where War Lingers

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Grandfathered: Where War Lingers is a play written by eight veterans and produced by me, a daughter of a career Naval officer. It is the story of four generations living under one roof and how war affects them even after war has ended. The grandfather and patriarch of the family … Read More

Veterans Write a Play Staged Reading and Discussion

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 19, 2018 Contact: Leilani Squire, Project Director; (310) 628-3507; VETERANS WRITE A PLAY STAGED READING AND DISCUSSION (NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CALIF.) — Returning Soldiers Speak, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, proudly announces the Staged Reading and Discussion of Veterans Write A Play’s final activity for the Humanities … Read More

“True Story” at EST Theatre

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Thank you EST Theatre for inviting us to read at True Story on Sunday evening, January 7th! We enjoyed listening to everyone’s story. The writing was solid, authentic, humorous, thought provoking. The deliveries were as good as the writing. How cool is that? A big shout out to Adam, Wes, … Read More

We are Proud to Announce…

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We are proud to announce: Returning Soldiers Speak is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit public charity organization! We have been on a long and arduous journey since 2010 and have finally arrived at this crossroads. So, what does this new status and title mean for Returning Soldiers Speak? It means that … Read More

raisin balls

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This was a 20-minute unedited timed writing on a prompt given by another member of a writing group. The writing prompt was “We’ve got your balls in a money clip.” Or something like that. A man gave the prompt, and I wasn’t sure if I could write on that, but this is what came out. – Anonymous

A Memorial Day Reflection

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As we take time to remember the military heroes who sacrificed for this country, let us also remember those who served and returned. Some of them came back changed, never to be the same, or never to be what they could have been had they not been sent to war. … Read More

Thank You, Music

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I had played clarinet and sax in the school and Boy Scout bands. The high school was central to a farming community, where memorizing the breeds of cattle, sheep, and pigs was mandatory, and music and art were disdained as worthless pursuits. So, when I attained first chair clarinet and … Read More

What do you sing, witness?

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Recently, singer/songwriter Jason Moon facilitated a writing workshop and performed at Wellness Works, a resource center focusing on healing the body and soul of veterans and the family members of veterans. Jason was deployed to Iraq and returned home changed, and plunged into despair and isolation until he started to … Read More

A Captain’s Interview with von Braun

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I was born on August 21st, 1945 in Havre de Grace, Maryland, 15 days after the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and 13 days before Japan surrendered to Allied Forces on September 2nd, ending World War II. My mother told me she had been thinking of naming … Read More


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I wish I could live forever—so badly I want to witness the conclusion to our existence on this planet. I want to witness when the last human is sprawled out on the ground, possibly gasping for air, lying in the fetal position, face wrinkled and contorted with a mixture between … Read More

First Impressions

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First Impressions

What’s in a first impression? Sometimes nothing. Sometimes everything. We have senses that we don’t often credit—and often ignore—sometimes to our detriment. Have you ever had that “first impulse” that said you ought to do something, and having chosen not to act, discovered the impulse was correct? I know I … Read More

Freedom to Assemble

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I wanted to write a post just before the Inauguration, but I didn’t want it to be only about politics (I couldn’t think of anything else), so I pondered and reflected and then I marched on January 21st in the Women’s March on Washington in Los Angeles with 750,000 men, … Read More