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Art & Healing Conference in D.C.

Greetings All, Next week I’ll be in Washington D.C. for a special week-long event on the role that Art and Literature can play in the healing process for Veterans.  It’s a collaborative effort with the Smithsonian and the Library of … Continue reading

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Surviving Victory

Despite being a perfect tool for learning to fly a new aircraft, I’ve always found the training in a full motion simulator to be frustrating.  Unlike a video game, the visual and sensory cues create a realistic experience and generate … Continue reading

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Remembering to Forget

A few weeks ago I was hiking with my family on the same hilltop village where we stayed last summer.  Walking past the Gasthaus, I remembered how I sat there last August writing the first words of this blog, imagining … Continue reading

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Soldier-Artists: Preserving the World

by Donald Anderson Well, about my experience, it illustrates how you can become something you never thought you would become, without being aware of the transformation. That there is evil in you, or violence in you, or both—which you’re not … Continue reading

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Broken

Whenever I travel, especially by train, I try to bring along a book written about the region I’ll be visiting. There’s something about watching the countryside zip by, immersing me moment-by-moment, a little deeper into the world outside my window—a … Continue reading

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The Many Faces of War

A week or so after posting my last blog, I learned that Frank Buckles, the last American Veteran of the First World War, had passed away at the age of 110.  I was surprised to learn he’d also served in … Continue reading

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The Poet and the Wounded Warrior’s Return

Sing to me of the man, muse, the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course once he had plundered the hallowed heights of Troy… – The opening line of The Odyssey by Homer I’ve been an … Continue reading

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War Literature – A Living List

Greetings All.  Below is the list of books that were sent my way.  Thanks to all of you who took the time to make a suggestion during this busy time of year.  Some people sent in a name or two, … Continue reading

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The List

After a few conversations regarding my last blog, I found myself thinking of what it was like to live in Berlin during the war years.  I couldn’t shake the images from several of the museums or the stories in the … Continue reading

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Berlin Again

It’s been over fifteen years since I walked alongside the decayed buildings in Berlin’s old East side—warehouses and old tenement houses that marked the edge of the former East.  I remember thinking how the city exemplified the toll and cost … Continue reading

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