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  • The world never ceases to amaze….

    Two nights ago a few of us were over at two friend’s home for dinner. It was jolly and the wine flowed.

    Of the hosting couple, Doug is a retired United States Marine Corps Major General. Heck of a nice guy, a man’s man with grace and a good sense of humor. He and I have known each other for a while, but not well. Last night was the most time I’ve spent with him and I very much enjoyed it.

    Yes, the wine flowed.

    Then Doug broke out a very special bottle. (You’ll hear that one described first in his narrative.)

    Inspired by the spirit of the occasion, Doug left the table and came back with an empty bottle of 1934 Wermacht Champagne.

    He proceeded to tell the story to which you are listening.

    Amazing…simply amazing.

    But what also really blew me away was waking up yesterday morning and poking around in Cowbird for a little while. It was here that I stumbled across “Afternoon by the piano with Christopher” by Lin.

    It is, put simply, one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard and read. Check it out. I can scarcely stop listening to it…

    Anyway, I guess my point is that I am supremely grateful that I am living a life that allows me, in the course of twelve hours, to hear and savor two such enormously different stories.

    My God, the range of the human experience.....

    There is, indeed, darkness all around, yet there is light of indescribable beauty as well.

    Thank you Lin and Doug, thank you for sharing both qualities with us.

    And thank you, Doug, for coming over to my place and re-sharing this story with me…there aren’t many people of whom I would ask such a thing. I’ve sure gotten to know you better. Again, I count my blessings….among them having as a new - and true - friend, a warrior poet.

    Now, dear reader, please, go listen to Lin.............
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