April 30, 2020 2 min read

Welcome to this week’s edition of "Just a few things," a weekly blog dedicated to sharing a few thoughts on things I think you could find interesting as well as a few things I've been reading, learning or contemplating during the week.

Let's get to it:

How is COVID19 impacting Combat Flags?
Long story short, it's brought things to nearly a full stop. Daily traffic to the website is down as are overall sales, which is to be expected. With most of us watching our money more closely, this was bound to happen. I'm thankful to have a corporate gig to fall back on right now, but the unfortunate thing is that the decrease in sales ultimately results in smaller donations to Stop Soldier Suicide. The good thing, though, is I'm confident we (the country) will bounce back from this when we can.

The good news, though, is that the "extra" time has provided the opportunity to embark on a few new projects, including small run product offerings with other veteran owned companies as well as a new podcast :)

The podcast, what I've named "The Service Record Podcast," has been a dream of mine for a few years, and it's finally coming to fruition. The goal of the podcast is to talk with veterans to share their stories of service and beyond.

The teaser is up on all of your standard podcast sites now. If you'd like to check it out head to one of the following:

Apple Podcast

Spotify

Google Podcast

What am I reading right now?
You know me... always trying to read something new. I typically bounce between fiction and non-fiction, and usually over-index on non-fiction, but right now I'm all about the Vince Flynn Mitch Rapp series. I've read the first 6 or 7 already, but am rereading from the beginning. I'm currently mid-way through the 3rd book and really enjoying it again.

If you're unfamiliar, the series follows a covert operative, Mitch Rapp, on counter-terrorism missions all over the globe. They're fun books with a great writing style.

What are you reading right now?

What's a recent purchase I'm really happy with?
Well, this one is interesting because I haven't actually received the item yet, but I'm already really happy with it. I'm increasingly interested in stoicism and purchased a book called "Letters on Ethics: To Lucilius (The Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca)" based on a recommendation from a friends.

Many of these things are inspired by my interactions with you via email or social media, so feel free to drop a comment and share a few things yourself!


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