What's New - August 8


Dear Henry,

What's new with you?

This has been a very big week for us.  Fish was offered a promotion he couldn't turn down and so now it looks like we will be living, at least during the week, in Tulsa Oklahoma. Fortunately, it's only a couple of hours away from Bella Vista and coming home regularly shouldn't be a problem. I'm looking forward to the venues available in Tulsa (I've really wanted to see Hamilton live) and, of course, the botanical gardens there.

I've finished my big project on Slavery in the US, it's titled Chattel Goods - The Sad Story of Slavery in the US.  I'm no closer to discovering the "why" behind slavery. What I have discovered is terrible. Slavery has existed almost as long as we have and it still hasn't ended. I think that was the hardest part to learn. Finding out that there are still, after the Civil War (a war that killed more than 600,000 Americans), an estimated 400,000 enslaved Americans is an appalling fact and is completely unacceptable. That there is no attention drawn to this problem sickens me.  The Department of Homeland Security has a site with information about this, but, really, without getting similar media attention of other current events like police brutality (which kills around 1,000 people each year) and COVID (The current number of deaths is about 160,000), we don't have a chance of fighting this problem.  

My book reviews at www.riteoffancy this week stayed with the theme.  I reviewed - The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron. This is a fictionalized account of the Southhampton Insurrection that occurred in Virginia during the month of  August 1831.  The book earned William Styron a Pulitzer and a great deal of controversy because Mr. Styron is of European descent. Like the book Twelve Years A Slave, it is an incredibly harsh read. 

I also reviewed St. Catherine of Siena: Mystic of Fire, Preacher of Freedom by Paul Murray OP. St. Catherine was a Catholic Saint who focused very much on individual freedom and the choices we make that take our freedom from us.  It fit in well with the rest of my readings. This is a religiously-themed book and may not be for everyone.

Fortunately,  I discovered some great guys at www.everydaypatriot.com this week, which helped me face my anger and sadness with our slavery problem, both men served during the Gulf war.

The first was US Air Force Technical Sergeant Rober Hodges, he served aboard the Spirit 03, which had been tasked with providing fire support to the Marines in the area.  He rests in Barrancas National Cemetery.  

The other was US Army Chief Warrant Officer Hal Reichle, a helicopter pilot whose spirit of giving to others inspired his friend to create a "secret society", dedicated to giving, in his honor.  The organization is called ssssh.org.  I thought it a beautiful tribute to this man.

I've got a couple of projects in the works for next week, including a post about my search for the Ozark Spook Light.  Until then!

xoxo a.d.


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