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Nov 16 2009

Dangerous men

by Patricia D

I’m in love with a soldier.  His name is Richard and he wears a green jacket and carries a cavalry sword—a big heavy one meant for killing, not fencing.  He is an officer but be aware that he is no gentleman, something his  fellow officers continually mention.  His best comrade in arms is named Harper and he has a darling Donegal accent and a Nock gun.  It  shoots seven volleys at once and it’s a good thing Harper’s  a big boy because the recoil from that gun will break the shoulders of most men.   They both came up hard.  Richard enlisted to escape the law and Patrick was just looking for a few square meals.  They did well in the army, rising to unimaginable ranks and winding up richer than anyone could have believed thanks to all the loot they captured.   I met them through the magic of PBS and the BBC but I got to know them both better when I read their stories.

Of course, Richard and Patrick only exist between the covers of Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe’s novels.  I love historical fiction but for the most part have always shied away from the stuff meant for the guys and stuck more closely with Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer.  I’ll admit it, I skim the battle scenes in Cornwell’s books because there is some stuff I just don’t want to know.  However, I’ve learned a tremendous amount about the Napoleonic Wars and in a manner so pleasant I was hooked before I realized what was actually happening.  I gave Horatio Hornblower and Jack Aubrey a try as well, since they are contemporaries of Richard’s, but despite the fine writing and sterling research of C.S. Forester and Patrick O’Brien, it appears that I prefer soldiers to sailors.  Go Army!

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Nov 11 2008

Thank you to those who serve and protect

by Heather S

The library is closed today in observance of Veterans Day, but I wanted to do a post to say thank you to those who serve our country.  November 11 marks the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I.  Congress declared this day to be a day to focus on world peace and those who serve their country in pursuit of world peace.  It is a day to honor and celebrate the brave, courageous and dedicated men and women who serve or have served in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy and National Guard. 

If you are looking for ways to show your appreciation, you may find these organizations helpful:

America Supports You, which is sponsored by the Department of Defense, connects people to local groups that support troops and their families.

A Million Thanks is a nonprofit that sends letters, cards, emails and thoughts to members of the military.

To Our Soldiers is an Army sponsored website where people can post words of thanks and encouragement to troops currently serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

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