Even in the Movies

Written by Ellen M. DuBois

The other night, I watchedrepparttar movie "The Family Man" starring Nicholas Cage. I enjoyed it very much, although that's not intended to be my point.

The story takes place in two locations: New Jersey and New York. When Cage's character takes his wife to New York City for dinner,repparttar 126330 camera shows a shot ofrepparttar 126331 city's sky line.

Fiction quickly turned to non-fiction.

What a strange, ominous feeling. I was relaxing and suddenly I was reminded of what no longer was -- what was now a ghost. The Twin Towers.

I thought about how they looked so beautiful inrepparttar 126332 evening sky line of New York City. I thought aboutrepparttar 126333 shooting of this film and how back then no one ever would have dreamed that these buildings would berepparttar 126334 target forrepparttar 126335 worst attack in history.

God, life is different now. Isn't it?

I was filled with sadness. I was drawn fromrepparttar 126336 movie and back into thinking about allrepparttar 126337 lives lost. What I was looking at onrepparttar 126338 screen was, in fact, no more. It was a ghost.

The ghost ofrepparttar 126339 past. The ghost of security andrepparttar 126340 ghost of life in America as it was. All innocently captured on film by camera operators who had no thought that this may berepparttar 126341 last time they'd ever film these buildings.

Books As A Life Saver

Written by Ellen M. DuBois

I cannot take credit for writing this, for I am only sharing with you something I found today. It is a very old page, worn and yellowed, from "The New Republic" dated December 8, 1917. What struck me about this article are two things: 1. The letter fromrepparttar gentleman, and 2. The extreme importance of books to soldiers overseas. The article states thatrepparttar 126329 two most important things soldiers desired were "tobacco and BOOKS". It seems that then, just as now, reading helped folks get throughrepparttar 126330 most adverse, frightening and challenging situations by givingrepparttar 126331 mind something other than their fear or pain to focus on. I cannot even imaginerepparttar 126332 terror experienced in battle and how these soldiers kept their sanity about them. I do know that reading played a significant role inrepparttar 126333 matter.

I will now share with you this newspaper story. It is a chunk of history; a piece of time captured on brittle paper that I was fortunate enough to find withinrepparttar 126334 pages of, yes, you guessed it, a very old book.

December 8, 1917 THE NEW REPUBLIC V

"Who Thought of It- a Soldier?"


"...I should like to meet some ofrepparttar 126335 gentlemen in our company, to thank them personally for what they have done for my grandson who is in France. I cannot help thinking that it must have been a soldier, a man who has been throughrepparttar 126336 fighting mill as I have, who initiatedrepparttar 126337 idea of providing such good books, in so convenient a Veteran. I fought from '62 to '65. I remember wellrepparttar 126338 craving I used to have for something good to read, something to offsetrepparttar 126339 loneliness and homesickness which was harder to bear than all our physical hardships. It was so keen that we used to pounce on scraps of newspaper we found. I tell you there is nothing that will so well keep uprepparttar 126340 morale of fighting men as good reading matter. They need it to keep their minds off themselves. I know what our boys will go through;repparttar 126341 mental agonies are worse than anything else. Yet when my grandson atrepparttar 126342 opening ofrepparttar 126343 war enlisted inrepparttar 126344 Canadian Army, I was glorified- that isrepparttar 126345 word!- to have him go. I sent with himrepparttar 126346 blessing of God. I knew it was not love of adventure that urged him on, but something ofrepparttar 126347 same spirit with which we boys were filled long ago. It is a spirit as old as Christianity,repparttar 126348 spirit ofrepparttar 126349 Crusades. He longed to add his boy's strength torepparttar 126350 might ofrepparttar 126351 world to teach an everlasting lesson to those damned Potsdam animals, who were willing to drenchrepparttar 126352 world in blood without mercy, to further such a thing as sordid commercial ambitions. He has fought at Ypres and Vimy. He has been wounded twice. I have seen him again, and he is notrepparttar 126353 same boy. He has seen, this child, more than I ever saw. War is hell to him, as it was to us; he hates it with all his soul, as I do. But he hatesrepparttar 126354 Kaiser and his crew more, and he will be there torepparttar 126355 end. This, gentlemen, is not what I wished to write to you. As you may appreciate, I feel this business keenly, and my feelings carries me away oftentimes. When I saw my grandson he asked me to write to you. Some time after he went away I sent him as many of your little books as I could buy. Before he received them, he andrepparttar 126356 men with him many a time crouched for hours under heavy shelling- sometimes for days and nights, without relief- waiting, waiting for attacks. They had nothing to think of except what was going to happen to them. I believe only a soldier can appreciaterepparttar 126357 mental condition of men under such circumstances! The books I sent were a godsend to him and his comrades. They constituted a sort of company library, each man carrying several ofrepparttar 126358 volumes in his pockets, and he told me there was hardly a man inrepparttar 126359 company who had not read every one ofrepparttar 126360 books....I think it will be interesting, and heartening, for you to know how greatly you are helping to keep uprepparttar 126361 morale ofrepparttar 126362 men who are enduring atrepparttar 126363 front mental suffering that is beyond, truly beyond,repparttar 126364 imagination of us who stay at home."

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