Saturday, January 28, 2006

Images of Bethesda 

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

War poems 

I've always loved poetry but only in small doses. I could never read more than a handful of poems at a time.

But I read Johnny's War by Steve Mason in two sittings. It was that good. It was that powerful.

US Army Captain Steve Mason served in the Vietnam War. All his poetry resounds with gunfire, last love letters, and the public and private Wall that Vietnam became. It is some of the most moving and beautiful (though gritty) words I have read.

I wanted to write to him and tell him so. I do that, not as often as I'd like - write to authors and poets and tell them thank you. But he died last May, from complications due to exposure to Agent Orange. Damn.

Read this book.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Who knows Old English? 

Random observation: the Old English word for war (werra) is very similar to the word for man (were). Is this a coincidence or are they etimologically related?

for MSI benefit 

If these pictures don't make sense to anyone but MSI people, that's probably for the best.

Comments are welcome.

Moth and guns:

Moth posing:

Because bearing arms is not just about guns:

Closeup of engraving on Merkel over-under shotgun:

That's all for one day.

Thursday, January 05, 2006


I'm working on an article on spec for Military History. Argh. I want it to be perfect, so they'll love me, but that paralyzes my ability to create words. And they didn't give me a date, so it's so easy to put off.

And I have great ideas for queries for Woman's Day and Family Circle.

I just read the best book I've read in a long time, War and the Soul by Edward Tick. I have to review it for Altar Magazine. I'll let you know when that happens.

And I'm reading El Leon, La Bruja, y El Ropero. In Spanish. Yes, I'm teaching myself Spanish now.

Okay, back to work.

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