My Life As a Soldier


Part 3 of 4 THE MISTAKE OF VOLUNTEERING “Are you busy right now? I can use your help,” Arata said. “I have a class in a half-hour.” “This won’t take longer than about fifteen minutes.” * * * My brother, who had been in the army band, warned me, “Never volunteer for anything in the … Continue reading

My Life as a Soldier – Part 2 of 4


Pajamas Arata likes giving orders. I don’t. He can also take orders, something I also have trouble with. This is partly the fault of my small learning problem—mixed-brain dominance, an educator friend called it, when I explained that, although I’m a righty, there are some things I prefer doing with my left hand, such as … Continue reading

My Life as a Soldier: Part 1 of 4

My Life as a Soldier: Part 1 of 4


Guns Were Forbidden in My Home “I need a favor from you,” said Steven Arata, a man too likable to be a professional warrior. But that’s what he was the commanding officer of the Reserve Officers Training Corps at Hofstra University and a veteran command officer in Haiti. Being friends with Lieutenant Colonel Arata, even … Continue reading