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jacqueline-winspear's picture
Jun.10.2011
The whirring sound in the distance was coming closer, so I clamped my hands over my ears and retreated under the covers, where the only sound echoing in my ears was the swish-swoosh of blood being pumped around my body.  I remained still for a moment or two, then, gasping for air, I pushed back the...
red-room-well-red's picture
May.30.2011
"I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity." –General Dwight D. Eisenhower, leader of the Allied invasion of France during World War II As the United States observed Memorial Day last weekend, we thought of...
blair-kilpatrick's picture
May.30.2011
A recent Facebook post by Jennifer Gibbons reminded me.  Too often, we overlook the War II stories of the women who stayed home.  So here’s my mother’s story, for Memorial Day. December 7, 1941: The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.  The next day, President Roosevelt asked Congress to issue a...
barbara-audet's picture
May.28.2011
By Barbara AudetMy country ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty  World War II, you are personal. First foe. Now awkward friend? You thrive in this new century, I admit, to stop others from erupting like you once again. First a demon. Out of control. Hungry for lives not yours. You are not doing as...
zoe-brigley-thompson's picture
May.28.2011
Wars are not only fought along battlelines, but also at home. And while violence is played out on the field of war, cultural and political tensions show themselves in the towns and cities that soldiers are fighting to protect. One sad story of the home front was told to me by my Welsh grandmother,...
john-haynes's picture
May.27.2011
My Old Man was a Bastard.  Oh, he didn’t start out that way.  He started out as a sweet-faced, quiet farm boy from Bard, New Mexico, a flyspeck collection of adobe and frame houses just off the Caprock on the northern New Mexico plains, about midway between Santa Fe – where I was born – and...
thomas-burchfield's picture
May.27.2011
[Another version of this feulliton can be found at my official web page, with exciting action photos!]   "Despite Spielberg's avowed intent to darken and coarsen the formulas of the war picture, old moviegoing habits die hard: I was practically standing on my seat and yelling at Tom...
eric-a-olsen's picture
May.27.2011
Some of my earliest memories concern my father neatly folding toilet paper and tucking it into his shirt pocket before leaving the house. Also my father now and then breaking spontaneously into Italian, often at the dinner table, and sometimes even into snatches of Italian opera. As I recall, he...
farzana-versey's picture
May.27.2011
Joshua’s lips quivered just a bit. This was sadness that crept stealthily, crushing leaves underfoot but not before the trees had been laden with fruit. Joshua, born into a war, of an Italian Jewish father and a mother from an aristocratic family, had pride as well...
balthazar-rodrigue-nzomono-balenda's picture
May.27.2011
We know what happens when evil goes unchecked; we know what happens when we ignore its signs emerging from people who have desires to promote ideologies of hate. Genocide is the world’s most inhumane crime and I don’t know what goes on other people’s minds when they decide to kill someone because...