I attended the Northern Virginia Writers Club monthly meeting on Saturday, and the Guest Speaker turned out to be exceptional. Adele Levine is one of those truly gifted people (down to earth and just a real delight to know), and her book - Run, Don't Walk - sounded like a book that all military, military family members, those who support our returning wounded service members, and those who ever wondered about what they might be going through should read.
I'm very much looking forward to reading it, and as always, posting my thoughts in a review of the book in the coming days. Meanwhile, here is one of the many reviews, just to whet your appetite...
"An amputee rehabilitation center is a crucible of emotion, and this book throbs with the pulse of a human heart. The characters are hilarious, harsh, eccentric, brave, and real, portrayed with tenderness and unflinching honesty. Yet Levine moved me more with what she didn't say. A master of understatement, she paints a picture of what it's like to work at this strange job, patching up broken soldiers only to be sent back to war - and tells her own story, setting her own sorrows and struggles beside the pain of her amputee patients."
August 7th is Purple Heart Day - a Day to Honor America's Combat Wounded and Fallen Heroes
Each year on August 7th, Americans pause to remember and honor the brave men and women who were either wounded on the battlefield or paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. The Purple Heart is awarded to any member of the U.S. Armed Forces that has been wounded or died as a result of a wound in battle. This now includes those persons who died in captivity while a prisoner of war (POW).
We now celebrate Purple Heart Day on the anniversary of its inception, August 7th. On this day it is our patriotic duty to remember and recognize those people willing to serve our country, no matter the price.
Ron Capps | Photo: A VWP Seminar in 2011 | Credit: Jacqueline Hames, Soldiers Magazine
The Veterans Writing Project had extremely in-depth sessions on all aspects of writing. The seminar was presented in an atmosphere conducive to the free exchange of ideas in an comfortable and safe environment for veterans to discuss their experience. My eyes were opened to many aspects of the publishing and writing business that I had not yet considered. I was also pleased to meet some very interesting veterans from the United States military as well and veterans from Australia. Gathering with those who share your interests and experience is a great way to bring you closer to your writing goals and it really helps to unlock the ideas and stories that you have stored in your brain housing group. This session emphasized telling your own story.
I was impressed by the thoroughness of the presentation and the involvement of the participants. I would recommend this seminar to those interested in learning how to get their story down in writing. Everyone has a story - you just need to tools to get it into a tangible form. Ron's seminar and materials help you acquire those capabilities.