Posts Tagged ‘war’

1871. The war has been over for six years but Rupe Smith still fights his demons. Ten years have passed since he left his Maine village. His Wyoming ranch is the one place he wants to be and the last place he can be. There is no escape from the guilt of his parents’ grief or his longing for the girl whose one letter kept him alive, without knowing she is beyond his reach, married and raising a family.

Cathryn Marcher is not the giddy, giggling girl with high ideals she was before the war. The woman who waited for Rupert Smith’s safe return has no doubt she isn’t the reason he has finally come home. The haunted expression on his handsome face reminds her of the outcome, the horror and suffering of war she saw close at hand, all those years ago, in the faces of soldiers she nursed in Boston.

Captain Smith and Miss Marcher share a love of music but Cathryn must hide her disappointment when Rupert chooses to sing in harmony with the widow, Mrs. Miller, whom the residents of Oslo Hill believe will be his bride.

Susan Miller’s disdain for her voice teacher, her rival for Rupert’s love, is matched by Colonel Jericho Colson’s loathing for his fellow Union Army officer, his rival for Cathryn’s heart.

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Those of you who’ve been following EverWriting for a while may remember my blogs about growing and nurturing a pomegranate plant which I related to the process of writing Salsa Dancing with Pterodactyls.

I’m back at it.

I actually had not eaten a pomegranate for years and years! When I was a girl, my first taste of this wonderful fruit (some believe to be the original ‘forbidden fruit’ of the Garden of Eden variety) gave me hives! As the ruby fruit was the only oddity in our daily composition at the time, pomegranate got the blame. I stayed away until I was well into adulthood.

My next encounter was after I had three children with no untoward results at all. Since I had already had good luck with growing apple trees from seeds germinated from the Braeburn variety and oaks from acorns my children had gathered at school, I threw some pomegranate seeds in potting soil and behold, I was the proud horticulturalist of a plant usually only grown in mediterranean climes.

This year, I bought and ate my first pomegranate after another long long dry spell and, though Iimage of pomegranate seedling have only a balcony and a few potted plants, I attempted to repeat my previous effort. As far as I know my first pomegranate is still growing in my daughter-in-law’s care but having one of my own again felt right. I have a number of lemon bushes from seed and a pomegranate was a natural step.

Of the twenty or so seeds I planted, three sprouted and one survived and the secondary leaves have sprouted.

In many ways, at least in my quirky mind, there are similarities between storycraft and horticulture/gardening. If we think of an idea for a story, we often think of it as a seed. We nurture the idea/seed with effort in the way of research in the process of germinating the story, as the seedling has germinated from its pod and thrown out roots below and first leaves above. Those first leaves and roots provide the nourishment to grow in the same way our stories grow from experience (roots) and imagine (leaves).

My previous experience with pomegranates coincided with the writing and successful publishing my multicultural, interracial novel Salsa Dancing with Pterodactyls.

This tiny plant coincides with my first American history novel, Pavane for Miss Marcher, which examines the aftereffects of the American Civil War on those who fought, those left behind and process of healing the divisive wounds.



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“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless.
Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”
—Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I have always been a political and social activist.  Therefore, at the risk of distressing any of you, I must express my objection to any intervention in the Civil War in Syria. As was the case in Iraq, the evidence of Weapons of Mass Destruction is suspect.

In my opinion, there are as many who claim against the rebels as claim against the Syrian government. To attack Syria is to declare war. Syria was a stable, secular Middle Eastern government until anti-government sentiments were stoked by outside forces.

I believe destabilizing the Middle East is the agenda of special interest groups, the arms industry and private corporations, not the American people nor, in fact, the Syrian people.

No matter how precise the massive assaults planned are, there will be collateral damage. The result of any attack will be devastating and have disastrous effects on the country and its ancient civilization for decades to come. The religious demographics are 10% of the Syrian population is Christian; 13% is Shia Muslim; 60% is Sunni Muslim; the remaining 18% of the people of Syria are minorities of various religious persuasions. Who among these will be killed? You, as well as I, know the answer.

I believe the government of the United States is about to make the same mistake made at the beginning of the war in Vietnam and Iraq. If they do this against the will of the people, they are acting unconstitutionally. I have now contacted my Congressional representatives to express my opposition to any action against the Syrian people.

In my opinion, the government of the United States has been interfering in the Middle East at the behest of special interest groups, the arms industry, the private corporations, to name but a few. As a Dutch veteran of World War II once told me, ‘There will never be peace in the Middle East.’ So be it. But that situation is not our concern. That is for the countries of the Middle East to address. I believe that interference from the US government prolongs the agony for all concerned.

I believe, if the US government continues its penchant for policing the world, there will ultimately be no winners. The problems facing the USA are myriad. The needs of the American citizens would be better served by a government that is concerned for the prosperity and welfare of their own citizens.

I do not believe that our prosperity and welfare are in anyway linked to the destruction of other sovereign nations nor the systemic destruction of our Constitutional liberties. Until the government of the United States stops its war on American citizens, I will oppose these acts of terrorism inflicted on us by this government.

“Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.” — Benjamin Franklin

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A Longer Time Coming: USS Liberty

In memory of the naval personnel on the USS Liberty who, on June 8, 1967, lost their lives when their vessel was struck by friendly fire. May justice prevail.

Lest we forget.

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In honor and memory of all those who have given their lives in the cause of freedom, I wanted to say ‘Thank you’. My generation, and those generations before mine and too many of those now and in the future, have and will live through decades of war. Some of those wars were justified but I believe all wars can be prevented and lives can be spared.

The war of my youth was Vietnam.

Weeks before Lyndon B. Johnson declared war, my father died. His military service during World War II was his proudest hour. When he returned, there were no jobs and he took whatever work came his way to feed his family.

I believe the men and women who are serving our country are doing so in good faith. I believe they deserve our gratitude – no matter what our thoughts about the war they are fighting.

When Veterans return from their service, the least we can do is honor their sacrifice and their commitment to our country and way of life.

Thank you and God Bless.

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