1. The splinter in my mind

    For the past few months something has been bothering me. Until today I couldn't quite put my finger on it. I only knew that something wasn't right with the world. Obviously this is nothing new, but something was different. Something had changed that pushed my mind over a virtual line in the sand. While sitting in a coffee shop earlier today, it occurred to me.

    Women are now allowed to serve in our most elite fighting forces.

    Why has this one specific event shifted ...