I am back here where this weblog really began - The Outer Banks of N.C. Our family has chosen this as our new get-away-from-it-all spot and a lot has happened this year that we are all happy to get away from. Hopefully this place, with its sun and water, will renew our lives and spirits.
"One of the more shaming paradoxes of war and terrorism is that it seems easier to honor the dead than to acknowledge the wounded. Newspapers print the names of the dead, names that eventually make their way onto memorials -- cold comfort though it may be to those that loved the dead and ache for them. But the wounded -- at least the civilian wounded, who are shown here -- are listed by number, and there is not even any public tally of who has suffered some passing injury and who has lost a kidney, who has been blinded, who has lost a limb." ~ David Rieff
An incredibly direct and arresting set of photographs from Gillian Laub; pictures which get in our face and remind us that conflict has a human toll which all too often gets lost in the rhetoric of our political leaders who stay safely behind these human shields.
"An unrelenting student of Celtic and Bluegrass music shares his acoustic travails, while working as a Civil Affairs trooper in Iraq. What follows is a curious alchemy of a liberal arts education, two decades of military culture, and an undying optimism regarding personal potential."
Finally an audioblog worth the bandwidth! Author Glenn Tolle, another soldier in this man's military - recently returned from Iraq. Glenn couples commentary and his own bluegrass musical skills to give us one more personal, uncensored view of life in post-Saddam Iraq.