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michele
That is a beautiful poem, Baz. 

My dad was on a minesweeper called The Canora in WWII. He saw ships all around him get blown up but (lucky for him and me) his survived. Now he's in the veteran's center, 94 years old. He has Alzheimer's.

We saw him on Monday, and he wasn't as good as last week. He didn't care, really, that we were there. He didn't really even care about his Baskin-Robbins that we brought him, a chocolate sundae. But last week he was so sweet, he had his humor back and was amazed when I told him he was my dad. We go once a week and would go more if he were not so far away. It's a whole day thing, there and back, but worth it. When Dad is sweet and happy to see us it's like Christmas for me. When he's crusty we cut the visit short. I'm lucky that Allan is so supportive.

My dad can still play air hockey in his wheel-chair, his hand-eye coordination is excellent. And he loves it when I put on songs from The Jungle Book - The Bare Necessities and The Monkey Song. I think he likes it because it's jazz and band leaders (Phil Harris, Louie Prima) that he used to like. I will try Peggy Lee from Lady and the Tramp.

On Remembrance day, they fill the grounds with Canadian flags, tiny ones, and it's beautiful. 

Here is my Dad, when he was very young, way before I was born. I was going to post this on remembrance day but then got busy and forgot. Ali posted a beautiful pic of her grandfather (I think). I also meant to comment and forgot. I am going to try and find it. . .

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 am back - I looked and looked for the picture Ali posted of her Grandfather in uniform but couldn't find it. Ali??? You should put it here with my Dad.
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Pinkie
Are y'all French Canadian, Michele? Your Dad looks French. Quite handsome and soulful looking, too.
I just now recalled part of an anti-war folk song I wrote when I was 13. It has a beautiful melody, very mournful.

You Must Go to War (My Son)

You must go to war, my son,
there are battles to be fought and won
you must go far away,
you must go far, far away

They say it's freedom for which you fight,
does that make all the killing right?
Well, it has always been that way, Yes
It has always been that way

And if it happens you
should be killed,
on some blood soaked battle field
then all the world shall hear my cry
then all the world shall hear, hear me cry

That's all I can remember of the lyrics. I didn't romanticize warfare. All I could see and think about was the terrible violence. I'm still the same, about that. Wondering why such a thing has to be. Not understanding, not at all, not in the least.





"more sinned against than sinning"--shall be on my tombstone "Transpersonal psychology--transcend the self, to abolish and avoid pain...what is the self, anyway?"--Pinkie "Queen of Pain, I'll Always be Queen of Pain" (laughs)with apologies to Sting "Yes it's over now, drink your big black cow, and get outa here"--Steely Dan "I'm just a girl, they think I'm some kind of freak"--Gwen Stefani 
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Pinkie
Daddy served in the Navy during WW2. 10371534_885047394854708_6144841270143772486_n.jpg 
"more sinned against than sinning"--shall be on my tombstone "Transpersonal psychology--transcend the self, to abolish and avoid pain...what is the self, anyway?"--Pinkie "Queen of Pain, I'll Always be Queen of Pain" (laughs)with apologies to Sting "Yes it's over now, drink your big black cow, and get outa here"--Steely Dan "I'm just a girl, they think I'm some kind of freak"--Gwen Stefani 
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cordibaz
Your dad looks like a really nice guy and i,m glad he came home from the war unharmed, these are the people the world should treasure.
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cordibaz
It's all down to politics, but remember this, if politicians had to go to war, there would never be another one.
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