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Love Letters 69th Wedding Anniversary

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in 1940s Life, All Blog Posts, Historical Portland, Photo, Vintage Style, WW2 | 0 comments

Sixty-nine years ago on July 27th Morris married Arline in a Congregational Church in Portland Maine. My dad died in 1999. Arline now lives in a condo in a large “hotel style” three hundred unit building inside Rossmoor, a huge gated retirement community in Walnut Creek, California.

Morris and Arline c.1946 Wedding Day

Morris and Arline c.1946 Wedding Day

Arline moved in four months ago from a townhouse.  I’ve been staying with her in a challenging process of introducing new household help, not easy. Arline doesn’t want any helpers, not any I choose anyway.

Today day started out rough. But I left for a few hours and it turned peaceful. I found a twenty dollar bill on the side walk. I fell asleep with my dog in the park. I’m just giving back to God my hope that this will all work out somehow so she can remain in her own beautiful condo.

In the evening, while snacking on an obscenly chocolate muffin- causing me to scold her for skipping dinner – Arline told me about a man that had plopped down next to her downstairs while she was sitting on a bench. It happened at about 5PM. “He told me his whole life story,” she said. Arline was amazed. She kept bringing it up.

Arline kept asking me questions to identify the timing. Maybe she correlated the man with something about her wedding day. I was so self absorbed I forgot it was her anniversary though she mentioned it two days ago. “He just kept talking and talking. He talked about WW2 and all about his life, and telling me everything about himself.” This is the first day anything like this has happened in years. It occurs to me now that Morris was sometimes like that – sometimes he’d just talk and talk but on a particular topic or theme.

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Christian Science Raised the Dead in WW2

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in 1920s and 1930s, 1940s Life, All Blog Posts, Christian Science, Media, Medicine, Photo, Vintage Style, WW2 | 0 comments

Mark Twain hailed her “the most interesting and extraordinary woman that ever lived”. Wow! By WW2 Mary Baker Eddy’s organization was an omnipotent political force.  WW2 soldiers who were Catholic “boys” were allowed access to Catholic priests, Jewish boys got to have rabbis, and so Christian Science boys brought in C.S. ministry. The C.S. church ranked next to the Red Cross for goods supply to war zones. Ministry to soldiers landed C.S. practitioners and their natural medicine literature to war zones and across enemy lines. Channels for the Divine, the soldiers themselves healed physical wounds and mind-body misery using only energy medicine. Accounts are recorded. The wounded were healed, the dead raised.

Christian Science Center Algiers

Christian Science Center Algiers

The very inventions: long-range bombers, rockets, finally the atomic bomb which projected Fear of Extinction through the human consciousness shrank the physical dimensions of the globe to those of a neighborhood. “Mortal mind calls for what ONLY immortal mind can supply, Divine Love. ~Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910), founder of Christian Science.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jewish Americans, WW2 and UCSB

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in All Blog Posts, Media, WW2 | 0 comments

Morris mentions in a letter that a Jew has come on board his naval ship to help the fight. His ship, at least as far as Morris was concerned, was an American ship.

On the radio a few nights ago was a broadcast from UC Santa Barbara. A student was interviewing a teacher there named Prof. Robinson, who is a Jew, on a Jewish topic. Robinson mentioned a recent event; a Jewsish editor of a Jewish newspaper was fired for publishing an article by a Jewish American (his word order) journalist criticizing the occupation of the West Bank.

Robinson discussed his ordeal in 2009, a furious campaign that had been launched at UCSB to get him fired from the university. It all started because of a handout, a photo, included with his optional reading list for a class. The photo showed concentration camps in Warsaw Germany side by side with modern day Gaza in Palestine.

Prof. Robinson admits he enjoys jarring his students into critical thinking. A couple students, two out of eighty, decided the photo was offensive to Jews themselves and they dropped his class. It didn’t stop there. They took action, the sort of action students are encouraged to take these days. This one lead to Robinson beind branded a villain unfit to teach. He says he almost lost his job at UCSB. Like Carly Simon’s song about love break-ups “It happens everyday”.

Linked below is Robinson’s Truthout interview. He points out that at least on a college campus the democratic process can still prevail. Rah America.

Recently I heard a Jewish radio broadcaster protest, but indirectly, saying, “I didn’t say it!” -that 100 United States senators voted to continue funding Israel, thus the war that former Pres. Jimmy Carter calls apartheid in Palestine in his new book. 

Henry Ford explained that it’s up to the Jews to sort themselves out. If you’re one of the folks bothered by Henry Ford because you think he was anti-semetic, this may require some real critical thinking; don’t shoot the messenger.

If you’re a Jew and don’t like what’s going on in Israel but you can’t afford to lose a job or be barred from visiting Israel, can’t afford to go off the air or boycott materialism, maybe there’s something you can do. Perhaps you can simply do as Prof. Robinson does in this interview below, use the word order Jewish American.  PBS does in the 2008 series “The Jewish Americans”.

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Love’s Little Arrow

Posted by on May 14, 2014 in 1920s and 1930s, All Blog Posts, Media, Vintage Style | 0 comments

Elizabeth, one of my acupuncture clients, sent me this photo of her mom. Since starting acupuncture she’s been having vivid dreams where she connects and interacts with her mother who died years back.

Little Girl with Bow and Arrow

Love’s Little Arrow

I’m making a “Home Movie” for Arline’s 90th birthday next month. It’s almost two years since she gave me the letters. This one will be her story. Ready, aim, imovie.

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Love Letters to 1940s Bride

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in 1940s Life, All Blog Posts, Photo, Portland Maine, Vintage Style, WW2 | 0 comments

1940s photo of my mother and dad getting in to a car first time as husband and wife.

Photo 1940s Honeymoon

Off for the Honeymoon!
First trip as Man and Wife. c. 1946

Morris married Arline soon after he returned from WW2. Just noticed something,
these are the highest heels I have ever seen Arline wear! Arline held to
the values of her day and peers including modesty, not too much make-up and no smoking.

Her wedding dress is still in the Hope Chest. But not the shoes. Wonder if she
ever wore them again…I want to hold The Shoes in my dream. Let’s see what happens.

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