Monday, May 29, 2017

In Memory of War & Peace


Memorial Day. I prefer to be reminded of the wars fought instead of death, but people die in wars. Do I have a choice? I do? Well, then, I choose to be reminded of countries that have fought like children since tribal days, when everyone lived in tents. They fought until both sides agreed to stop. Both sides presented open hands, palms up to say, "See? No hidden weapons." Those who wore armor lifted their visors while face-to-face with their enemies to say, "See? 'Tis I, your brother." 

People laid down their arms. Plowshares were once again used for farming--longer melted down for lead balls bullets. Were bullets recycled for coat buttons, harnesses or hoes? Well, I guess the answer is no seeing as how no one wanted to get lead poisoning. And you have no idea how many soldiers died agonizing deaths from the lead in their bullet wounds---bullets and fragments that eventually caused lead poisoning. 

"Better Call Saul" is on in the background. I just realized how much I dislike this show. I cannot stand the Jimmys of the world who prey on others in the name of the law. Shucks. "The Civil War" is on PBS. 

As you can see, the idea of this post began two days ago. It remains unfinished. I offer you an open hand instead. Let us shake for the sake of Peace. 

This is Memorial Day. Not all warriors died on the battlefield. Too many became the walking wounded and the living dead. We can celebrate those who lived as well as the dead. War sucks. It creates a black hole that can never be filled. How can Memorial Day be a happy holiday? I know! Let us be happy for the day when there is no more war. Um, do we have a Peace Day? 

Be well.



4 comments:

  1. we had horrible storms here last night and the winds had me really scared that I was going to loose everything I had planted this spring thankfully nothing got uprooted , God is so good ., Oh yes I agree let us have a peace day . I so like that idea . Okay now about chickens you do realize you have to give them shots right ? like you do kids . I find that analogy funny . Oh well be well and stay well and I will try and do the same .

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    1. Fear not, my friend. We can always replant or buy from a farmer's market. I'm thankful that you didn't lose anything. We had storm the night before. I lost a few squash blossoms but the tender young yellows hung on. We just finished spreading compost; our composter is on it's last spins. It has been a good and faithful servant these many years.

      I might have beaten the birds to three very large figs--they'll be my first of the season. How they know they ripen overnight is beyond my ken. I guess the early bird gets the ripe figs too, huh?

      I still get Chickens Magazine, and came to the conclusion that chickens are more trouble than they're worth on paper and in my imagination. They have mites and flu and peck each other to within an inch of their lives, and have to have their necks wrung when it's time for someone to eat them. They're too much like people in many ways. But I would choose the nicest, kindest, healthiest, rarest chickens on the planet. ;) It's easier to drive down Barker Cypress and buy fresh eggs from the woman who sells such things. I still recall what fresh chicken doo fees like when you accidentally step in it barefoot. Ewww.

      How did Tasha Tudor do it? And milk a goat, make cheese, spin wool, preserve fruit, can veg, tend the cows, and still have time to cook, do laundry on a rub board, wring it, hang it, press 'em with a flat iron, bake her own bread from the wheat she grew, threshed, milled . . . And she still had time to draw and paint and make pretties. Whew! :D

      Be well.

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  2. Better Call Saul ... I liked the series so far because I "Saul" started out with this heart in the right place. I love the way they built (or unbuilt) his character. I may be jaded. :-)

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    1. I rooted for Saul each time he straddled the fence or was tempted to be a worm. What he did to his brother turned the tide against him for me. I believed/hoped Kim would influence his moral compass but last night's episode made me want to wring her pony tail. Sometimes men write roles that make women less than.

      Must art imitate the seedier sides of humanity? I'm relieved to see the final finale of The Leftovers. Good writers are telling fresh stories that make us wonder, question, and analyze instead of swallowing the slop that's churned out and spoon fed to viewers. You are the only person I know who watches Better Call Saul. :)

      I know I'm jaded. Entertainment has become the same-old-same-old. It's gotten me back to the drawing board. LOL I hope Saul redeems himself.

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