Category Archives: war

December 7, 1941: “A Date Which Will Live in Infamy.”

Seventy-five years ago today, The Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. President Franklin D. Roosevelt called it, “A date which will live in infamy.” The following day, the United States declared war on Japan. Three days later, it declared war … Continue reading

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Confederate Flags in the Stained Glass and a Rock from the Moon

Family time in and around Washington, DC. My youngest daughter and her husband live just outside Washington, DC. This year they volunteered to host the whole family for the Christmas/New Years holidays–four of us as house guests, two more in … Continue reading

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An Immigrant’s Tale

I met Ms. M only once. The check I’d sent for our two-day stay in her vacation rental on San Juan Island had been lost in the mail. I said I could pay by credit card or PayPal. But she … Continue reading

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If You Were in a Horror Movie, How Long Would You Survive?

  A few weeks ago, my oldest daughter sent me an email. The subject line read: “Have you retained Daddy’s training?” She’d taken an online fun quiz called “How Long Would You Last in a Horror Movie?” and she was … Continue reading

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Fort Casey: Protecting Our West Coast

 The day after Thanksgiving, my daughter, sister, niece and nephew and I packed our bags, piled into a couple of cars, and headed north on Highway 99. We’d hoped to avoid the Black Friday shoppers, but even after the turnoff … Continue reading

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Pearl Harbor Wasn’t the Only Target on Dec. 7, 1941

  For most of my life, I thought the only country the Japanese attacked on December 7, 1941, was my own, the United States of America. In my defense, the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor was an enormous event for … Continue reading

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A Foreign Ghost in a Wartime Cemetery

 Do you believe in ghosts? Do you think there are some people who can see spirits that are invisible to the rest of us? Do these so-called “ghost whisperers” possess a special sensitivity? Or are they just more imaginative than … Continue reading

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Empire of the Sun: the Movie and the Novel

After twenty-seven years, I still remember the Steven Spielberg movie, Empire of the Sun. I must have seen and forgotten hundreds of movies since 1987 when it was released. But Empire of the Sun is not the kind of movie … Continue reading

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The Bulging Fridge of a Famine Survivor

China has a long history of famines, an average of almost one per year for the past two thousand years. One of the worst was the Great Chinese Famine of 1959-1961. It was caused by a combination of drought, poor … Continue reading

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Novels Aren’t Meant to Be “Fair and Balanced.”

It was a vicious, bloody war—the Rape of Nanking, the indiscriminate bombing of cities, the deaths of 480,000 Japanese soldiers, three to four million Chinese soldiers and as many as sixteen million Chinese civilians. But it’s over, and it’s been … Continue reading

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