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In Memory of Inez Tulk 

August 25, 2016

My friend Elaine’s cousin lost her life tragically this month. Her life was taken by someone whom should have loved and protected her. I didn’t know Inez personally, but when I designed this flyer for her, I thought about her a lot. She was beautiful. I thanked her for her service to our country, as she served two tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan. I also thought about her four boys she was forced to leave behind and the hole they will feel for her for the rest of their lives. Something like this happened in my family in 2005, so I know these feelings all too well. 

If you live in Santa Fe, please visit the bake sale Elaine’s family is holding at the Bad Ass Sandwich Company this Sunday. If you live farther away, you can visit the •GoFundMe page for her children•. Her services are tomorrow. May she rest in peace.

–>Click on the flyer to see the text better.

Be Stronger Than Your Excuses

November 22, 2015


Yesterday I posted a gym rant about focus. It seems that today I’ll be forced to eat my words. I have to admit that today was the first day in a really long time that my focus was a broken. Don’t get me wrong, I still put in a killer chest workout, but there was a guy in there that distracted me a little bit. It was a good distraction. This was actually worthy of my time and thoughts, because it wasn’t a shallow guy parading around in tiny shorts or a vain woman with her ass in the air.

Today was the first time I have ever seen a person with one arm working out. At first I had to give him a double or maybe even a triple take. He was on the other side of the gym being trained by a guy who looked like his twin brother. They were also working chest. By the time I was hitting my finishers, the duo had made their way to my side of the gym. There he was… sweating and pushing a 90 pound dumbbell with one arm. I stopped to watch. 

I took the time to say a few words to him which I rarely do. “No excuses,” I said and he quickly responded, “nope. None!” I told him, “good job. That’s awesome!” He thanked me. It seemed like he liked hearing that. He was really working. His will and courage was beautiful. I worked hard on the cable crossovers, but my mind worked even harder. All of the sudden I felt very guilty because I had two arms. It somehow seemed unfair. Maybe it was because I was sure he lost that arm upholding my freedom.

Several thoughts ran through my mind… How does he feel in the gym? If they are twins, they must have an unexplainable connection like my brother and sister which is why his brother is helping him regain both mental and physical strength. Why do I take my body for granted? Where did this happen to him? Was he born this way? Was it a bomb? What happened to him? I almost asked him, but I realized he comes here like me… to be nothing but strong and shut that other world out.   

He was a young, decent looking guy with one arm and heart so bright it burned. I give respect to people like him because he deserves it. It is people like him who are true champions… all bodybuilding competitions aside. He deserved the 2015 Mr. Olympia trophy. I’m sure he was a veteran. I wanted to thank him for his service, but I didn’t. For about half an hour, I felt really sorry for him. I felt sorry for him until I realized that he has more strength and power than I will ever have no matter how hard I train.

Read about other
heroes I respect:

When We Are Disfigured

A Lady, A Hero and Hooks


May 25, 2015

Thanks for the great thank you G!! 🙂

Rethinking Life







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Bitter Sweet Belladonna

November 12, 2014

I have uploaded a new and improved theme and gravatar for my web site. The new site design features my Poison Ivy cosplay and a quote from Ambrose Bierce… “Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.” Awesome!!

You have to like the works of “Bitter Bierce” right? His satire is remarkable! He was an American military man. Later, he was an editor and journalist who also wrote short stories. He was known for his “nothing matters” motto. Ironically, as a writer, I’m sure everything in his world mattered. A look at his writing will reveal that he was hurt by someone he loved.

Bierce would have liked the comic book character Poison Ivy. Unfortunately, she was birthed with ink in 1966, over 50 years after Bierce was last seen somewhere in Chihuahua in 1914. Poison Ivy is a fictional, toxic woman he would have appreciated.
“You’re dead and buried, darling. Sorry love. You’re plucked.”

••••~Poison Ivy’s game over lines from Batman: Arkham Asylum 🎮

Freedom to Train

November 11, 2014

Before today’s workout, I slammed a blueberry/banana creatine smoothie and 5 deviled egg whites stuffed with fat free cream cheese and sautéed baby yellow squash. It was a strong day in the gym. I worked biz, triz and shoulderz.

Shoulder pressing a plate for 10 reps is going smooth, but today I was able to close grip a 35 on the bench. Almost a plate on close grips!!! My triz are thrashed!

Thank you to the veterans out there for my long workout! Because of you, I can train hard. I finished my workout by running for 40 minutes.

As J.Swoll says… “somebody pleeeease train harder than me!” #addictedtofitness 


November 11, 2014

I am thankful for all the servicemen and women of the United States of America. I thank my cousin Justin who is currently deployed in Iraq. I also thank: my brother, Brian; my cousin, Melanie and her husband, Shane; my cousin, Jonathan (KIA); my cousin, Bobby (MIA); my uncles, James, Clarence, and Nelson; my grandfathers, Phil and Gilbert; Feliciano and Mike; my friends, Betsy and John; and all the military wives, husbands, and other people who provide support for those who have serviced or continue to service our country.  ~~~Sincerely

••See my military posts here.
••See my veteran posts here
••See a USSS post here.
••See other posts about the veterans in my family here.
••See my post about New Mexico’s Project Healing Waters here.


First Lady to Attend Signing of Md. Veterans Bill

April 15, 2013

Courageousness and the Asiatic Pacific Theater

April 6, 2013

Last week I helped someone who was doing research for the Names Project. The project honors “New Mexico’s 200th and 515th Coast Artillery (Anti-aircraft) units” which “served with bravery” and sacrifice “in the defense of Luzon, Bataan and Corregidor” during World War II. There was a memorial held in Albuquerque today to honor these brave champions. It was interesting that the very same day I helped that man,  I had an email come in through a list serve about the historical preservation efforts taking place with the Library of Congress.

It makes me sad to think that I never had a chance to meet or speak with my maternal grandfather about his service in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during WWII. I have so many questions I wish I could ask. I wonder what he was feeling when he left the United States on a ship of nervous men headed to the Far East? My grandpa Phil entered the service less than a year after the Fall of the Philippines in 1942. I wonder if he was scared leaving his family behind knowing that close to 2,000 New Mexico soldiers had been forced by the Japanese to march over 60 miles when the Philippines went down? I think he arrived in Manilla, but I need to confirm that. His arrival to the Far East came in 1945, just a few months before the Assault on Luzon (codename S~Day). I am not sure if he was part of that, but I need to find out.
180 meridian

The sacrifices that our soldiers make leave me in awe. It must be mentally taxing to leave your homeland not knowing if you will return. This month I will take time to remember the soldiers who sacrificed for us during the Asiatic Pacific Theater of World War II. Thank you to my grandpa Phil~ the grandpa I never had the chance to meet. He passed away right before I was born.

Timeline of Asiatic Pacific Theater of Operations of World War II
1939~1945~ World War II
1941~1946~ Asiatic Pacific Theater
1941~ December~ Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor and two sites near Manila, Philippines
1941~1942~ Philippines Campaign (Bataan Peninsula)

1942~ January~ Battle of Bataan Begins (15,000 captured and interned)
1942~ April~ Fall of the Philippines/Bataan Death March
1942~ December~ Date of Induction~ Phil Garcia
1945~ February and March~ Smallpox/Typhoid/Tetanus Immunizations~ Phil Garcia
1945~ August~ Date of Departure~ Asiatic Pacific Theater~ Phil Garcia
1945~ September~Date of Arrival~ Asiatic Pacific Theater~ Phil Garcia

1945~ January~ Assault on Luzon (codename S~Day)
1946~ February~ Phil Garcia crossed the 180º Meridian toward the USA
1946~ February~ Date of Separation~ Phil Garcia

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