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Greg Barrett

Fiction, Violence, Propaganda: War, War and More War

Greg Barrett | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Greg Barrett

First it was Clint Eastwood and American Sniper. For the sake of educating myself on all things mainstream, I endured two hours of this peculiar Western devotion to fiction, violence and American exceptionalism.

Two Works in Progress: The Tattoo and I

Greg Barrett | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion
Greg Barrett

Neither one of us are particularly religious, this tattoo and I. We are decided works in progress -- raw still, easily irritated, gloriously incomplete. Both of us. Lumped together like that, our flaws made us a perfect match for one another as well as for our makers.

In God (and Winnie the Pooh) I Trust

Greg Barrett | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion
Greg Barrett

When I truly believe that the power of the universe resides within me (this belief waxes and wanes apparently) I act in such a way that I am able to tap it. Jesus or the Buddha or Winnie the Pooh, these are merely conduits for the almighty energy that lies in wait.

Weapons of Mass Construction: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic

Greg Barrett | Posted 05.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Greg Barrett

[This week every year Graduation Day reverberates through the Klong Toey slums of Bangkok, Thailand for hundreds of poor students (nearly 1,000 this y...

One Texan's Remedy for War: 'Preemptive Love'

Greg Barrett | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Greg Barrett

When a native Texan named Jeremy Courtney took the stage at the 2012 Q Conference he had no idea he would, in effect, be pitching his 2013 memoir, Pre...

Americanized Democracy: Independence or Dependence?

Greg Barrett | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics
Greg Barrett

I realized that Egyptians understood American politics better than Americans did. Our democracy has never been as fake as Egypt's was, but Washington politicians are bought by Wall Street. Egyptians didn't hold us accountable for Washington because they knew we weren't entirely accountable.

Religions: For the Love of Shalom Focus on Truth Gathering Rather Than 'The Truth'

Greg Barrett | Posted 07.27.2013 | Religion
Greg Barrett

"I guess it all depends on your perspective and nation of residence. As you say, terrorism might be a product of hatred and Godlessness ... but it is in my opinion most definitely a product of fear and anger."

Marine's Memoir Commands Our Attention -- And Personal Investment

Greg Barrett | Posted 09.04.2011 | Books
Greg Barrett

Books like Rye Barcott's It Happened on the Way to War come with a price that can't be easily discounted. You can't finish it and remain prone on the sofa.