Mostly, I just believe that I’m never going to stop learning what it is I believe.
Fear for the future of my daughter.
For the future of EVERY American daughter.
Rise up, ladies.
If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention!
“Can I use a line from a poem I wrote?”
“I want to hold you like you are Mary and I am Joseph and I believe you. “
I would LOVE to hear the rest of that poem.
When Nicholas Rodriguez returned from Afghanistan in 2010, his mother and stepfather had never heard of post-traumatic stress disorder. It was only after Nick killed himself that they learned the warning signs and realized he needed help dealing with his combat experience.
After seeing one of my closest and most beloved friends struggle with the realities of coming home after having spent 7 birthdays in the desert at war, this piece on yesterday’s All Things Considered struck a deep chord for me. I noticed him change in the tiniest of increments with each visit we were allowed during those years but it wasn’t until we had him home for good that I realized the toll it had taken on his soul and spirit.
Everyone counts him among the lucky to have come home “in one piece” but I’ve often said that just because he has his limbs doesn’t mean he made it back whole.
As I listened to this story yesterday during my commute, I wept along with Anna Rodriguez as she spoke of her beloved son and how much she missed him. Her pain was palpable; her grief a living, breathing reality. A reality that far too many families are faced with after war. I wept for my precious friend who I’ve laid eyes upon many, many times since his return but who went missing 12 years ago the night he boarded that plane to Iraq. And maybe I wept most for all the other men and women we have lost even though they’ve made it “home”. Those whose stories remain untold. Those whose wounds remain unseen.
Turns out there are hidden weapons of mass destruction in this war…the silent suffering that leads our veterans to suicide.
“If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?”
There is nothing more beautiful than seeing a person being themselves. Imagine going through your day being unapologetically, unabashedly, wholeheartedly YOU.
—C. JoyBell C.
As you may already know from the spectacular Google Doodle in honor of the occasion, Maurice Sendak would have been 85 today.
Here is a collection of 10 interviews with Sendak, including the illustrated version of his interview with Fresh Air done by Christoph Niemann for the New York Times some months ago. You can listen to the full version of that interview here. It’s one of the best.