Psychological trauma | Janneke Jobsis Brown

Survival, Loyalty and Faith: Ben Skardon, Bataan Death March Survivor.

Survival, Loyalty and Faith: Ben Skardon, Bataan Death March Survivor.
For the fifth year in a row, 94-year-old Bataan Death March survivor Ben Skardon walked a portion of the march, with friends and familyi called “Ben’s Squadron.” In his speech, accessible through independentmail.com, Ben describes, the point of incarceration in POW camps, when dear friends Otis Morgan and Henry Leitner saved his life. He had already survived a journey in two bombed “Hell Ships,” arriving as among the only one out of four who survived. His three words for us are: survival, loyalty and faith. Survival, the word that honors the most horrible of ordeals. When...
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ABDACOM Loss & Liberation, Dutch East Indies

ABDACOM Loss & Liberation, Dutch East Indies
EPISODES OF WWII: The Dutch cruiser HNLMS JAVA, lost in the Battle of the Java Sea. Photo Derek Simon [1919-2004] courtesy Graeme Andrews. (Photo credit: Kookaburra2011) I have moved into Peet’s coffee, whilst preparing my novel Shadows for professional editing. I believe ABDACOM* would applaud my take-over. My Dutch-American friends, Dutch-Canadian friends, U.S. friends would also all applaud my being here at Peet’s. My Japanese friends today, who include both Japanese-Americans interned in camps in the U.S. and veterans who served the U.S. in WWII (who never had anything to do with...
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Excelelnt, Excellent—The Critic

Excelelnt, Excellent—The Critic
I squirm inside (in a healing way I hope) when I see how the intro to the first Excellent, Excellent, Excellent  post  appears on-line. It starts with these words…. “She is right,” said my teacher. “Her work and ability is excellent, excellent, excellent.”   Its as if I felt SECURE writing of INSECURITY  but embarrassed to have the first words readers see to be “She is right,” said my teacher. “Her work and ability is excellent, excellent, excellent.”   So I get to squirm into this awareness: It is okay to celebrate those times that people in God’s world affirm...
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Excellent, Excellent Moments

Excellent, Excellent Moments
What happens  when I approach survivors to do research for my pending novel, Shadows, who are not used to talking? Survivors are probably not thinking to themselves excellent, excellent, excellent at such a time, I know. Yet somehow it all works out. I receive moments, both of us softening again. Softening that which had been hardened pain for so long. We start like barnacles on the bottom of a ship, seemingly impossible to scrape off, infecting every lake it goes to, risking barnacles on every ship, kayak or boat that enters the new lake. Yet, with caring faith-filled talk the barnacles start to come...
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Excellent, Excellent, Excellent

Excellent, Excellent, Excellent
“Excellent, excellent, excellent” I scrawled on my second grade self-report, in Spanish Fork, Utah. Mama went to school for the whole report card and progress report. “She is right,” said my teacher. “Her work and ability is excellent, excellent, excellent.” By the time of this exchange, my excellent, excellent, excellent seven year old self  had already lost two beloved countries (the Netherlands and Iran), many family and friends. My encouraging second-grade teacher was at the fifth elementary school of my young life. Today this memory and report of my teacher’s words fill me with...
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