A Warning to Ignorant Americans: Be Prepared

Iraq was the prime mover. Sure, my ex kicked my ass, and boot camp also put my butt into gear. But Iraq was the tipping point. It’s what politicized me. So much so that I have changed my legal middle name. I mean, my former legal middle name was Owen, which is my father’s legal middle name. I had no real attachment to it, however, I didn’t like the sound of it. The name was Irish in origin, but my grandmother was only part Irish. And according to a DNA test, I’m only five percent Irish myself.

Changing my legal middle name was a needed break. Read more.