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September 18, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 2
ONE HELLUVA PAYBACK FOR HEROES
This Week’s Theme Music: Armed Forces Medley: 2014 National Memorial Day Concert – YouTube
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Here’s a headline that personally impresses me and for several reasons. Scuba, Parrots, Yoga: Veterans Embrace Alternative Therapies for PTSD
I like the creative approach because it involves activities in which people unafflicted by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder engage. One of the most devastating aspects of PTSD is the incredible emotional isolation one can feel at times. It is the reaction of a creature so hurt that solitude and hibernation are its only trusted means of self-preservation.
It can also be, as in nature among all creatures that do this, a place of no return. According to Veterans Administration records, America lost over 55,000 Vietnam War veterans to this place. They were good men and women who returned to a world more savage in some respects, than the one they survived.
That is often the way of it with first responders and health care providers, as well. Between automobile accidents and terrorism, far too much of it is our responsibility and if we created it, we can very well un-create it. John F. Kennedy firmly and proactively believed that and so do I.
As long as we condone a violent society, we will have victims of it and if they cannot get the help that they need, they will become casualties themselves. The ironic part is that the first to fall will be those we need the most.
That’s one helluva payback for heroes and I am very surprised we keep producing so many of them.
Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.
This Week’s Theme Music: Armed Forces Medley: 2014 National Memorial Day Concert – YouTube
We found this to be a pretty “heads up” question. What’s Free In Your Country?
Here’s good news for some of us. U.S. Household Income Grew 5.2 Percent In 2015, Breaking Pattern Of Stagnation
I found this extremely interesting. Graphic: For Every 10 U.S. Adults, Six Vote and Four Don’t. What Separates Them?
FOLLOW-UP: As a follow-up to last week’s edition, which was dedicated to 9/11, we thought it would be interesting to share with you a Russian perspective. 15 Years After 9/11, What Has The West Learned?
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINE NEWS
OCEANA & POLYNESIA
FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK
WE ARE ALL TRIANGLES
I just returned from a wonderful vacation in the Carpathian Mountains. It is nice change from civilization. Great air with melted aroma of pines and of course, a picturesque view. These reminded me Ural Mountains of the place I was born. Even the smell of autumn coming to the scene is the same, a bit “mushroomy,” to explain in one word.
I’m now back at the usual coffee shop in the center of Lviv, enjoying a Carpathians tea made from herbs that surrounded me yesterday. A beautiful view of the Market Square shows the anxiety of town life, reminding me of how different are the worlds of nature and of people and how people really do need them both.
I found interesting article in the Wall Street Journal to share: Shaping Up In An Expat World: We Are All Triangles Now. I couldn’t agree with the author more when she contends that living in places far away from one’s homeland affects mentality and opens the whole new world. However, with new ways of thinking, things never be the same again.
Maybe this is why I enjoy my communication with expats from different countries as it is a great way to loosen stereotypes. Travel is probably the easiest way to broaden horizons. Of course there are other ways like education.
And despite an increasingly more arrogant tone to it, the Internet has made information so much easier to acquire, particularly in contrast to just one generation ago and in places where, also just two decades ago, there were not even landline telephones, libraries or government archives with citizen access.
Before leaving you this week, I would like to share with you some great pieces of art from Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, chosen to host Eurovision next summer in an article entitled . This Resilient Ukrainian City May Just Have The Most Beautiful Murals In Europe
That’s it for this week. Take care, my cousin.
MF IN NORTHERN CALIFORNA:
Good commentary. You get it; most don’t, about why we seem to never tire of war. The same applies to dysfunctional relationships and addictions. We do seem to get off on drama, even if it kills us.
Thank you. It helps to have drawn down 32 months combat pay and to have lost a best friend from Vietnam to suicide four years after he returned to the world. It also helps to have readers in five war zones and a staff member who travels frequently to several in Eastern Ukraine. It never has been about armchair journalism with me and certainly not with this magazine.
Yes, actual experience is better than simple reflection.
DS IN WASHINGTON STATE:
I wonder if we are bored as much as we are feeling overwhelmed and helpless at times. The Four Horsemen of the 21st Century bombard us so much each day, we become numb to what is happening around us and we don’t feel we can do anything. However Nine One One has also taught us that the four Angels of “Care, Mercy, Forgiveness and Tolerance” are all powerful actions as well and somehow people of the United States and around the world continue to find these attributes even as we grieve and support others throughout the world whether it is in the southern Sudan, Italy, Louisiana or Venezuela. For myself, I keep believing in the 4 Angels!
Where has one of North America’s foremost travel photojournalists and writers been lately and who or what has he been shooting? Vancouver, BC
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OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
This sounds like the title of a science fiction film. Earthworm Invaders Alter Northern Forests
We thought this was just too cool not to include in this issue. Passing Research Ship Saves Weather Station Staff From Polar Bear ‘Siege’
This is incredible. ‘Fossilized’ Lightning Bolts Are Revealing Just How Powerful Storms Can Be
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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
This is absolutely and totally good news. Giant Panda No Longer Endangered
Let’s home his successor do the same. Obama Creates Atlantic Ocean’s First Marine Monument
Given their endangered species status elsewhere, we found this of some small comfort. The Country With Too Many Elephants
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The Cornell University Lab of Ornithology September 2016 newsletter is now available. This is another bird lover’s absolutely delight so check it out here and enjoy.
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