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Survival

Survival
I had moved into Peet’s coffee, whilst preparing my novel Following Shadows for professional editing.  You see, this is where I “worked” with the least distraction, especially when I had deadlines to reach. My goals include, like many children and grandchildren of the Greatest Generation, to find meaning all these generations later.   The irony of our World War II lessons, is how we cannot be fully prepared  for the next wave of danger. The Japanese in WWII were fully prepared, with modern weapons, ships and planes, because they had the plans that the rest of the world was not...
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Survivor Psalm for readers of Following Shadows. I wish all individuals, all countries could be trauma free By Frank Ochbery, M.D.  I have been victimized. I was in a fight that was not a fair fight. I did not ask for the fight. I lost. There is no shame in losing such Fights. I have reached the stage of Survivor and am no longer a slave of victim status. I look back with sadness rather than hate. I look forward with hoperather than despair. I may never forget, but I need not constantly remember. I was a victim. I am a survivor. ( Youtube from the author reading the Survivor Psalm, and explaining...
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Following Shadows Book Launch in 7days

Following Shadows Book Launch in 7days
Novel and its “family” take flight Following Shadows- a Novel, features the Vanderveer family. Translation of Vanderveer? ...of the feather. The Vanderveers experience life - sometimes on solid ground,sometimes like feathers cast up in the wind (of WWII) to new continents and countries. I am so thrilled to be celebrating with local BookSmart supporters, the South County community, friends and family. I hope to see you there: BOOK LAUNCH --Following Shadows, a novel What: literary WWII fiction, family saga Reading, Q and A, and light reception Location: BookSmart,...
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Paratrooper “Angels” of WWII

Paratrooper “Angels” of WWII
 ‘Oh, my God. Look, the angels are coming.’ Here is an article about the life of 95 year old Henry “Cowboy” Kusmierczykhey and his recollection of participating in the liberation of a brutal Japanese Concentration Camp in the Philippines. The detail in this article, his recollections bring meaning to my life today. “Cowboy” and other Army Paratroopers succeeded in freeing more than 2,100 civilians and military personnel from the camp, known as Los Banos. The sight of paratroopers floating down to earth, Kusmierczyk said, prompted some of the prisoners to describe...
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Trauma and Truth

Trauma and Truth
When trauma does occur… We are living in times of racism, skewed values, and careless words. All can lead to war, and do lead to violence, in our country, right in the daily  news. All past presidents would have used their national platform to bring peace and reconciliation within our nation. So when trauma does occur… (Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical–American Psychological Association) we experience the following ways in which the experience of trauma confuses...
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