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Has there ever been a day in your life when there was not talk of war; of the separation between them and us.

From Spencer S. Hsu and Mary Beth Sheridan, The Washington Post, at MSNBC IEDs seen as a rising threat within U.S.
Chertoff vows to step up planning for bombs that have ravaged Iraq.
Well, Mr. Chertoff's planning does not hold a lot of credence down here on the Gulf Coast. And again, is it the politics of fear to drum up support for a war with Iran?

War is ugly. Why don't we get that?

Two pieces of writing today. One from Ambrose Bierce. about the War Between the States.

What Occurred at Franklin.
a tale of the Union and Confederate Armies at battle. Please note this line: The sun burned crimson in a gray-blue sky through a delicate Indian-summer haze, as beautiful as a daydream in paradise. If one had been given to moralizing one might have found material a-plenty for homilies in the contrast between that peaceful autumn afternoon and the bloody business that it had in hand. Not only does it give you a sense of the place, of the irony of the weather, but Mr. Bierce picks up in the autumn sky the gray-blue of the uniforms of conflicting armies.

From John Cory: About War. a much different kind of writing about war - graphic - intense - heart breaking that we send our young to learn these things.

While you are visiting with John, click on Home. and then on Office Tour. It is a beautiful tour and a reminder that of all those choices we can make - for horror, for a healthy planet, for diplomacy, for peace, or for war. As always, it is all in the choices.

Can you complete the thought - War is from your impression, experience of it? That should give you a good place to start writing - and remember, there are all kinds of wars, on all kinds of fronts. Perhaps in writing it out you may find some resolution, or even, solution.

Some words for thought, speaking of all kinds of wars. The only good Indian...

Chief Joseph: I Will Fight No More Forever.

And also from John Cory, a story that you will never forget.When Snowflakes Sing.

It is up to us how we manifest our destiny. Your words can help us do that in a better way.


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