April 17, 1967

He

the first born

the first grandchild

the first

a gifted athlete and student at Father Judge High School.

He

an All Catholic tackle

earned a full scholarship to play football at the University of Tulsa

and played hard, but fair.

He

left school

to return home to family on Meridian Street

and worked construction.

Until

his number came up. It was

November 1965.

He

was begged

by his parents

by his mother

not to be

a hero

before being sent to Vietnam

in July 1966.

He

was assigned to

Company C of the 2nd  Battalion

of the 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division.

Army.

He

sent pictures and wrote letters

and always downplayed

the hell

all around him.

He

a team leader who,

like so many others,

longed for the simple:

to return home to his family

to his friends and to the neighborhood

that he

loved.

He

instead

threw a body block on his platoon leader

to save him from a

live grenade.

He

took the hit

and became the

hero

his parents asked him

begged him

not to be.

April 17, 1967

forever changed the meaning of

Memorial Day.

He

was

Sergeant John F. Bense, Jr.;

to the rest of us, he was

Jack.

Jack Bense

May 7, 1945- April 17, 1967

 

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The real reason for Memorial Day is nothing to celebrate…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HERMIONE

Another interesting historic piece by FrenchrootsinAmerica, this time about Hermione, the ship that brought Lafayette to the Colonies.

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Tout recommença à Rochefort sur Mer, une petite ville proche de La Rochelle en France. Une incroyable idée après plus de 200 ans d’oubli. Faire renaítre l’Hermione.

All  began in Rochefort sur Mer, a little town near La Rochelle in France. An incredible idea after being forgotten for over 200 years. Give birth to l’Hermione again.

Avant d’être la ville des Demoiselles, Rochefort était la capitale des grands voiliers, des grands mâts. C’était à l’époque quand la France était une puissance maritime, où les grands explorateurs voyageaient pour découvrir des territoires inconnus. C’était à l’époque des Bougainville,La Condamine et La Pérouse.

Before being the city of the “Demoiselles”, Rochefort was the capital of the Tall Ships, Tall Masts. It was the era when France was a sea power, when the great explorers traveled to discover unknown territories. It was the era of Bougainville, La Condamine and La Pérouse.

En 1771…

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Addict

I am an addict.

An addict.

I admit it.

ADDICT.

 

I am addicted.

Addicted.

That is what I am.

ADDICTED.

 

I want more.

And more.

No use pretending.

I want MORE.

 

I can’t stop.

Just can’t.

No use in hiding it.

I CAN’T.

 

I won’t stop.

Just won’t.

No use in lying.

I WON’T.

 

I am a junkie.

The more I have,

the more I want.

STUFF.

 

I am a user.

The more I get,

the more I crave.

CANDY.

 

I am a fanatic

in search of a high,

an escape, some serenity.

A TRIP.

 

I am dependent

on my next fix.

A place unknown to me

I SEEK.

 

I am a goer,

a  wait-until-the-last-minute-er

a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants-er

a What’s-next-er

A VOYAGER.

 

I have a habit

that I never want to break.

New cultures and peoples and languages,

are  lifeblood.

my FIX.

 

I am an enthusiast

searching for the next place

to explore.

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Lafayette

This in an interesting bilingual piece about an important man in American history who was virtually unknown in his native France.

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LAFAYETTE

Romantique avant les Romantiques

Romantic before the Romantics

Aventurier avant d’être Révolutionnaire

Adventurer before Revolutionary

Démocrate et Royaliste

Democrat and Royalist

Célébré et Méconnu

Celebrated yet Unknown

LAFAYETTE

Méconnu en France, trop aristrocrate

Unknown in France, too aristocratic

Célébré aux Etats Unis, comme un héros

Celebrated in the United States, as a hero

Aventurier fortuné poussant les frontières,

Wealthy adventure seeker pushing frontiers

Il risque sa vie pour une Terre inconnue.

He risked his life for an unknown land.

De son ami Washington,

Of his friend Washington

Il devint Général,

He became General

De son ami Washington,

Of his friend Washington

Il fut le fils

He was Son

LAFAYETTE

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I Knew She Would

She came.

After a 9 month wait,

9 long months

filled with wondering

when and how,

and why not yet,

she came.

 

I didn’t realize at first,

I didn’t understand

at first,

but it was her.

She didn’t say much,

only

“Such a chore.”

 

Such a chore,

Yes.  Yes it was.

this going to bed each night,

this getting out of bed each day,

this living each day

waiting for you,

wondering if today was the day

you would come.

 

But you,

being with you,

caring for you,

loving you,

that was Never

a chore.

Not once.

EVER.

 

She came.

You came.

Finally.

And I am grateful.

 

 

 

Related to this piece from March 2, 2016:

She Hasn’t, Not Yet

 

 

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Breathe

Look closely, observe

the present in my presence

Pause. Really see me.

Each new day unfolds

whirlwind and breathless until

she whispers, “Stop. Look.”

 

 

 

Photos and words by Maribeth Batcho.

The hybrid peony photos were taken of the same bush in my garden.  The photos were taken on different days this past week, at approximately the same time of the day, when weather conditions differed drastically. With exception of the image on the bottom left side, the photos are of the same flower.

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