Yesterday was Memorial Day and Brady gave me almost 12 gigs of photos I never saw, some I don't remember taking. I went through too many this morning while having other things to do, but I had to put some up. If for no other reason than posterity.
My first work study job while the VA was putting me in school was taking the flowers and gifts off the graves of the dead veterans at Willamette National Cemetery. I did this for a while until they assigned me the section where the men of my company were buried. Knowing the faces that belonged to those … Continue reading Memorial Day 2015
Another great night at Post 134. We told stories punctuated with amazing music from Michael Dean Damron and Mishka Shubaly! We had our hearts crushed in the best way by Mike D. and Mishka, as well as readers Sean Davis, Kirsten Larson, Kevin Meyer, and Edie Rylander! Here are a few photos from the night:
Thanks to the Returning Veterans Project and Bridge City Paddlers we have successfully built a veterans dragon boat team. We will race this summer on the Willamette. We are currently fundraising for the entrance fee, but it will happen. This is an example of the types of activities this generation of veterans need. If you … Continue reading Post 134 Dragon Boat Team!
Last night at Post 134 we had an amazing night full of great words. Cat in a Dumpster writing group hosted the reading with great stories about our mothers. We had heartfelt words about what it means to be a mother, heartbreaking narratives, and even a horror story. Here are some photos:
What a fantastic night of laughter and heartbreak. Sally Lehman's anthology Bear the Pall about the loss of a parent really brought the house to tears many times and made people laugh at others. Jared John Smith said about Bear the Pall, "The is a way to grieve. A cardboard coffin and tattooed Jesus. A … Continue reading Bear the Pall Book Launch!
Tuesday night we gathered, veterans and civilians alike, and we discussed poetry and prose. The Oregon Humanities sponsors these nights and we call them How War Affects Us. This was the 4th night in a series leading up to a reading in July for the participants. We read Brian Turner, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Faulkner and … Continue reading How War Affects Us #4
We had a blood drive today at the post with the Red Cross. Many of our members and people off the street gave blood to save lives. This is what helping the community is all about. We will be doing this again this summer. Thank you to all of you who helped out.