Liesl Bradner is a Los Angeles-based journalist. The Pennsylvania native graduated from Florida State University and studied English literature at the University of Cambridge. She's currently a regular contributing writer for the Los Angeles Times and Truthdig covering art, books, entertainment and history.
When former U.S. Army soldier J.T. Ibanez returned home from Iraq in 2004, just going to the grocery store was a challenge. He’d intentionally do his shopping in the morning or early afternoon when there were fewer people around.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.