A Week of Remembering – A Writer Speaks

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“If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow,”

Kansas City, 1918, Ernest Hemingway signed up for Red Cross duty to become an ambulance driver in Italy. In May of that year, he arrived in Paris  to find a city under bombardment from German artillery; by June, he was at the Italian Front. He knew first hand the devastation that came with war. July 8th,  he was seriously wounded by mortar fire, sustaining severe shrapnel wounds to both legs. In spite of his injuries, Hemingway carried an Italian soldier to safety, for which he received the Italian Silver Medal of Bravery.  He was only 18 years old. For those of us who have not seen military action, we simply do not know the horror or fear that comes with the life of a soldier.  But we can listen and learn from their experiences.

 

“You can wipe out your opponents. But if you do it unjustly you become eligible for being wiped out yourself.”

“No weapon has ever settled a moral problem. It can impose a solution but it cannot guarantee it to be a just one.”

Ernest Hemingway

Real Fun

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There is an art to having fun. And the first imperative is to go places that increase your likelihood of having fun.  Mignon McLaughlin (June 6, 1913 – December 20, 1983), journalist and author, contributor to Vogue, Redbook and Glamour Magazine, figured it out.

“Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun.”

Mignon McLaughlin

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Merry-Go-Round, Riccione,  Italy

St. Francis of Assisi

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“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.”

Francis of Assisi

Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Italy

Rainbow End

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Perugia, Italy

Donde termina el arco iris,
en tu alma o en el horizonte?

Where does the rainbow end,
in your soul or on the horizon?” 

Pablo Neruda,  The Book of Questions