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June 26, 2006 [ More archived home pages here ]

Unnecessary Battles

Today's song is It's Too Late by Carole King, released in 1971.

I went to see the new movie, The Lake House last Friday afternoon. What a wonderful story and it helped me recognize the impact I might have on those who know me from both near and afar. There may be readers who don't let go from connections because of my writing? Maybe there are unnecessary battles I can help someone avoid if I withhold matters of importance that would affect them?

It is said that there are only six degrees of separation between all the people of the Earth. I don't know if that's really true or not. I do know there are connections with me up to two degrees and I should act responsibly in light of that fact. An artist without a code and a conscience is diminished from their true nature.

One of my previous home pages I wrote about the effect the Capote movie has on me. Now today, with the insights from The Lake House, I wonder about the impact of my book would be on others?

Part of that book's message has already been expressed, only the details and certain special aspects of my life remain undisclosed. The message has already been received by the intended, perhaps it is redundant to publish the book?

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On Saturday night, I attended the launching ceremony of the new Navy ship, USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2). Sacagawea was the very young Shoshone Nation woman who saved the Lewis and Clark Expedition 200 years ago. Her actions avoided battles and helped open up our new nation.

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One hundred thirty years ago yesterday, a historic battle between the Plains Indians and forces under command of Lt. Col. Armstrong Custer took place. That location is now known as the Little Bighorn Battlefield near Rosebud Creek in Montana.

I took my wife and daughter there as part of a month-long camping trip around the West in early July, 1981. It was a place that stirred my inner spirit and stimulated my psychic sensing's during our one-day visit there. In the years since I read a number of books about the whole situation leading up to the battle and the aftereffects.

As a person born in the middle of the last century, I look upon the history of the United States and how poorly it treated the Native Americans whose lands earlier Americans invaded without permission. Surely there could have been a better approach to sharing the land, but the attitude was take without payment or even discussions. If Treaties were signed, they were violated when those Americans wanted. It could have been a better situation, but that's the history.

So many battles in life in hindsight turn out to have been unnecessary. We can't do anything about them, except try to learn from them. If we do learn, we should be eager to share with others and help make the world a better place. All those souls, from all the wars in the history of the world would probably like us to do that. That way they didn't die in vain.

Don


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