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Sunday, October 15, 2017: West Point Foundry Preserve

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The West Point Foundry Preserve, in the village of Cold Spring, NY, is sited amidst the ruins of a long-defunct iron works that supplied major artillery for the United States government in the nineteenth century. Today, an almost magical woodlands has reclaimed the land, protected from development as an “outdoor museum” by Scenic Hudson. On this, my first visit, I found the transformation of a once bustling, belching, noisy, and polluting armaments manufacturing complex into a scene of pristine natural beauty good medicine for the soul.

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Sunday, July 2, 2017: Damascus, Syria and Mosul, Iraq

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While we in the United States have been preoccupied with the Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, the steady drip of leaks concerning the investigation into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, and the Orange One’s deranged attacks on the media, the fight to retake Mosul from ISIS in Iraq continues. Today, I came across this CNN video from June 6 that I urge you to watch if you haven’t seen it already. If the human cost of war can be told in a child’s face, it is right here, not once, not twice, but several times — and absolutely heartbreaking.

I wonder if Donald Trump thinks this is fake news.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017: Mosul Iraq, and Raqqa Syria

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We don’t normally think of what’s happening now in Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria as terrorism but the consequences are the same for their residents. Having already suffered under ISIS rule, millions of innocent civilians are now subject to indiscriminate car bombs, mortars, aerial bombardment, and gunfire as attempts are made to retake both cities. Food and water are in short supply, and death tolls are rising in neighborhoods that have been reduced to rubble. Caught between opposing forces, families face the agonizing choice to remain in their homes or flee, knowing that neither option comes with a guarantee.

After reading the accounts below, I’m reminded of that classic quote from Vietnam: “It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.”

Forty years later, is there nothing we’ve learned?

NY Times, March 28, 2017

Washington Post, March 28, 2017

NY Times, March 27, 2017



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