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  •  Naturally I've seen a lot of the conversation (4+ / 0-)
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    surrounding Kill Anything that Moves but I don't think I'll be reading it. In a general sense I already know too much of what it describes. In the specifics it's the recapitulation of something I hope is illustrated by this story:

    We landed "in country" in March of 1965, the first "combat troops" of the war, charged with protecting the Da Nang airfield. By May, just about every time we had a battalion formation the XO, a Major, would tell us "Men, I know what we're doing here doesn't make a lot of sense to you, but that's because you can't see the Big Picture."
    After some weeks of that finally the Old Man, a Lt. Col., addressed the formation. "Men," he said, "I've got to tell you the Truth, there isn't any Big Picture."
    I came home in April of '67. It was a different war by then. Everybody on the ground more or less got it that there wasn't any Big Picture. The only thing that mattered was making it back to "the World" in one breathing piece.

    “Perhaps the most 'spiritual' thing any of us can do is simply to look through our own eyes, see with eyes of wholeness, and act with integrity and kindness.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

    by DaNang65 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:36:33 AM PST

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    •  On the "Freedom bird" (3+ / 0-)
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      With everyone puckering until we were feet wet.

      Hobbs: "How come we play war and not peace?" Calvin: "Too few role models."

      by BOHICA on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:44:47 AM PST

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      •  Mine was a "Proud Bird With a Golden Tail" (3+ / 0-)
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        operated by Continental Airlines that touched down "feet dry" (feet dry at last, Hallelujah!) at El Toro in SoCal.

        “Perhaps the most 'spiritual' thing any of us can do is simply to look through our own eyes, see with eyes of wholeness, and act with integrity and kindness.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

        by DaNang65 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:57:32 AM PST

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        •  I had a layover in Honolulu (3+ / 0-)
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          Middle of the night and we couldn't leave the airport. But I did get to buy a pack of OLD GOLD's which was my brand in the states but weren't available at our PX. Best cigarette I ever lit up.

          Hobbs: "How come we play war and not peace?" Calvin: "Too few role models."

          by BOHICA on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 06:02:38 AM PST

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