All posts tagged: Soldiers

Sammy Bernstein, patriot & poet

Sammy Bernstein reminds me of the importance of Memorial Day in one of the most touching and true poems I’ve ever read about war, this poem came from a letter he wrote to his parents during the Battle of Iwo Jima, written during a battle Sammy never thought he’d make home alive. March 7th, 1945 on Iwo Jima Oh, I just saw a sight to see, A sight that will always live in me, And there they were, row on row, The graves of boy who gave their all, Here a cross and there a star, Try to see it, ‘cause there they are, A Catholic, Protestant, and a Jew, All American boys we once knew. And though you read, “so many thousand dead” You know not what you really read ‘Cause only those who see their graves Will ever know and be amazed. So to the ones who must receive A notice that they’ve been bereaved The boys who died for four great rights, We alive, for all time, must keep them bright. And when …

Life Affirmation

Some days I find myself questioning a lot of things, like my living situation and my job choice. Choice being the optimal word here, there a lot of options in this world (maybe too many) and when it comes down to it life is all about making choices. I typically really love my job. I get paid to write for a living -most people only dream of that opportunity. Occasionally, I find myself jaded over stupid minor things but on the whole my job has been exceptionally rewarding. During Easter I was talking to visiting relatives about what I did for a living. The more I talked about my job to someone unfamiliar with what I did, the more I realized how lucky I am. I basically get to schedule my days, I’m either assigned stories or I can choose what stories I write. Everyday I’m working on something different. It’s pretty sweet. Working at a military base focused on research, development and engineering has allowed me to meet countless people working vigorously to improve …