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December 7, 2012

Here is a photo I made awhile back, maybe October, taken up under some of our back trees.    I don't believe I shared it yet.  Can't let the day pass by without mentioning it is Pearl Harbor day, don't have to explain much more.   It signaled our entrance into WWII.   What comes to your mind when you think about it?  I have this vision of my father working in the farm fields when he's young, maybe 12 years old or so.  They hear a loud roar coming toward them from far off.  Finally the noise reaches them and waves and waves of P-51 fighters pass overhead on their way for deployment.  He's never forgotten the sound or sight. 

I also have another vision of my uncle standing on a beach in the south Pacific and being the only one left alive, though this vision is largely based on just one family story that was told to me because he past away before I thought to ask many questions.  He was drafted right out of high school and we think he probably fought with the Marines at Peleliu and Okinawa, not many of those guys ever wanted to speak of it again once they got home.   It's difficult to understand what a regular soldier went through during the war, seems like most books are written from the perspective of the command folks.  So a few years ago I sought out and read the book by Eugene Sledge called "With the Old Breed".  It was fascinating and written from his notes penned during his time fighting as a regular "foot soldier" on both of these islands.  I would recommend the book to everyone, rarely do you find a book at Amazon with such high ratings.  You can find the book here, the Kindle version read very well even on the I-Phone.

"You do not need to know precisely
what is happening, or exactly where it
is all going.  What you need is to
recognize the possibilities and challenges
offered by the present moment, and to
embrace them with courage, faith, and hope."

Thomas Merton