Showing posts from April, 2010

National Poetry Month

April was National Poetry Month, on this last day I'll post my favorite poem.

"O my Luve's like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve's like the melodie
That’s sweetly play'd in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I:
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry:

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun:
I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only Luve
And fare thee weel, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho’ it were ten thousand mile."

Robert Burns 1759-1796

With The Old Breed by E. B. Sledge


Presidio Press published in this edition 2007, originally published in 1981, 352 pages
Biography, History, Military, World War II

This book was bought by me for the purpose of reading/reviewing.

E. B. Sledge or Eugene Sledge enlisted into the Marines December 3, 1942. He was born and raised in Alabama, the son of a doctor. He was in the 1st Marine Division, 5th Marine, 3rd Battalion, Company K. Sledge writes of the 2 major battles that he took part in: Peleliu and Okinawa.
This is how the book is divided: Part 1 is Peleliu and Part 2 is Okinawa. Previous to these are the foreward, preface and introduction, and each of these are powerful and memorable. Sledge writes of his making of a Marine, travels to the Pacific, the 2 historic battles on Peleliu and Okinawa. Sledge also writes of what was in his combat pack, the Gideon Bible he carried, what he ate, his feelings of not being able to stay clean--
"Fear and filt…

The Pacific on HBO


Manic Monday #209

Yes, I know it is Friday!

"If you could write your own Bill of Rights, what would you include?"
I wonder how many people answering this question know what is in the Bill of Rights?

1. Grants freedom of worship, speech and press, the right to petition the government and to assemble peacefully.
2. Secures the right of citizens to bear arms.
3. Assures that troops may not be quartered in private homes without the owner's consent.
4.Guards against unreasonable searches, arrests and seizures of property.
5. Requires indictment by a grand jury for major crimes before trial; forbids repeated trials for the same offense and punishment without due process; prevents people from being required to testify against themselves.
6. Guarantees a speedy public trial by an unbiased jury for criminal offenses; grants legal concil for the accused and asserts that witnesses must attend the trial in the presence of the accused.
7. Guarantees trial by jury in civil cases for anything valued at…

Mixed Message | Books and Culture

Mixed Message | Books and Culture

Another review on the book The Blood of Lambs by Kamal Saleem. I reviewed this book earlier this year, but Doug Howard in Books and Culture magazine May/June issue 2010 had a different review on this book.

Link for my review:
Blissful Blogging!

William Shakespeare

April 23 is the day traditionally celebrated as William Shakespeare's birthday, he was baptized 26 April 1564.
In honor of his birthday and in honor of National Poetry month I will post a passages from one of his sonnet's.

"When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time's waste:
Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow,
For precious friends hid in death's dateless night,
And weep a fresh love's long since cancelled woe,
And moan the expense of many a vanished sight:
Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,
And heavily from woe to woe tell o'er
The sad account of fore-bemoaned moan,
Which I new pay as if not paid before.
But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restored and sorrows end."

Blissful Reading!

Review-And If I Perish, Frontline U.S. Army Nurses In World War II

by Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee
Published by Alfred A. Knopf a division of Random House Publisher, 2003--514 total pages
Non-fiction, history, biography.

This book was borrowed from the library for the purpose of reading/reviewing.

This is a fantastic book! I recommend this book to every reader that has an interest in World War II. I've read stories written by those that served in combat operations during World War II, I've read stories by missionaries that were captured and held as prisoner, I've read stories of civilians living in Europe during World War II, and I've read stories of the Holocaust. Reading the stories of the nurses that were often on the front line near combat operations gave me a different view of World War II. These brave women--a total of 59, 000 served during World War II, they were as faithful and devoted as any man in combat. Many of the women survived bombings, sinking ships, crashed planes, sickness, capture by the enemy, th…

Manic Monday #208

Manic Monday is a weekly event hosted by Fleur De Lisa.

"How has your life been different than you imagined?"
I never imagined that my career for most of my adult years would be caring for my parents in their home. I imagined caring for them...helping out with their care...but not living in their home.

"What lessons have you learned from your relationships?"
I have become a less selfish, kinder, and self-sacrificing person because of the relationships that I've had over the years. I've learned through having children and caring for my parents that patience and kindness and selflessness is needed as much as love.

"If you had to move to a city besides the one you currently live in, where would you move?"
I would live with my husband full-time (we are apart because I live with and care for my dad in his home, my husband works and lives in another city during the work week). I would live in the Dallas area with my husband.
If I could live anywhere wit…

World War II

Are you watching the series The Pacific on HBO? There is a new episode every Sunday night, re-runs during the week. The Pacific is about the Pacific war during WWII. My father was in the European front during WWII, and I'm familiar with the battles and biographies of many of those books that have been written about that stage of the war. I had never read any books on the Pacific front. Maybe you've noticed at the bookstores a section of books on World War II in the Pacific. One of those books is With The Old Breed by E. B. Sledge; his story is included in the show Pacific on HBO. I have plans to read a few of these books on this front of the war. I am already reading With The Old Breed. I have another book about The Bataan Death March, entitled Tears In The Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman. I'm also reading a book on nurses during World War II entitled, And If I Perish Frontline U. S. Army Nurses In World War II by Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Gr…

Manic Monday #207

Manic Monday #207

"Are you doing what you really want to do?"
Yes, I'm caring for my elderly father in his home. I'm reading, blogging, and writing. I am blessed immeasurably.

"What is your biggest fear? How can you conquer that fear?"
My biggest fear, hmmm. I have several which I will choose not to share, better not to draw attention to them, nor to place them on a stage where they will receive any more attention than they deserve.

"Have you settled for mediocrity in your life?"
No, I don't settle. As a believer in Jesus my job is only to follow, follow Him. There is never mediocrity in your life when your life is in Him.

Blissful Blogging!

In Honor of National Poetry Month

"Ah! Sun-flower"

"Ah Sun-flower! weary of time,
Who countest  the steps of the Sun:
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the travellers journey is done.

Where the Youth pined away with desire,
And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow:
Arise from their graves and aspire,
Where my Sun-flower wishes to go."
William Blake 1794

The Diary of Anne Frank on PBS

This Sunday April 11 on PBS Masterpiece Classic is showing a remake of The Diary of Anne Frank.

Follow the above link to find out more information about Anne Frank and to watch a preview of the movie.

April 11 is Holocaust Remembrance Day!

We cannot forget!

April is.......

April is National Poetry Month. I encourage you to read at least ONE poem this month. Did you know that nursery rhymes are poetry? Music lyrics?

Links for more information on National Poetry Month:

One of my favorite poems:
"A WORD is dead
When it is said,
Some say.
I say it just
Begins to live
That day."
Emily Dickinson

Blissful Poetry!

Manic Monday #206

"What are you grateful for today?"
That sunshine follows rain.
Freedom of speech---I can have a blog and post whatever books I choose to read and give my opinion.
For my family, that we are able to all gather together every weekend to eat and visit with each other. So many families in America live in separate cities or states, or even on opposite coasts. After Church on Sunday we gather at my home to barbecue or cook a meal, then we all sit down together and eat and have sweet fellowship.
I'm also grateful that my family enjoys being together, so many people I know have issues with their children, or in-law's, or parents.
I'm grateful that my father at age 87 is still living and in good health.

"What's missing in your life?"
Nothing is missing, I am blessed!

"Has the conflict and harm religion has caused outweighed the good it has produced?"
I'm guessing that this question was asked in reference to the sexual abuse cases in the Catholi…