An inspiring D-Day story, for an extra reason. Also, 7 other things worth knowing today.
You bring up a good point about mass shooters being on a suicide mission. It seems many of these men (and they all seem to be men) are there to prove a point, abet a seriously sick point. There are others in the past who’ve done this. Back during the Vietnam war, monks would set themselves afire to protest the war. The killing was already around them and their statement was poignant. But today, to kill first to prove a point, then commit suicide seems not having to face the consequences so is the cowards way out. The “I’ll show them”attitude,sometimes along with a political/cultural manifesto, is their moment of fame. But it’s actually a moment of shame because in the suicide they’re saying that maybe their actions were not right because they’re not willing to fight for them after the fact. In any case, it’s a very sad state of illness that is affecting the entire country.
Awwww, if the process of buying a house makes you cry, how in the heck are you going to maintain one?
General Roosevelt inspired the men of the IV (aka Ivy) Division such 2nd LT Bill Chapman whose story is told by his son in Battle-Hardened: An Infantry Officer's Harrowing Journey from D-Day to VE-Day. The blurb that follows from Goodreads explains the book. What impressed me, and, frankly, was new to me, was just what it took to be a company grade leader in the infantry (tactics, stamina, courage etc). There is an incident in the book when Bill Chapman meets General Roosevelt.
Here’s the blurb: Battle-Hardened: An Infantry Officer's Harrowing Journey from D-Day to VE-Day tells the story of an American soldier's growth from a 2nd Lieutenant eager to prove his worth in battle to a skilled and resolute commander over the course of the Northern European Campaign. Craig Chapman delves deep into the personal recollections and mental state of Bill Champman as he fought against the Nazis, enduring frontline combat and witnessing horror on a massive scale. Lieutenant Chapman maintains his sanity by isolating his emotions from the chaos of the battlefield, and the young officer turns into a hard-edged warrior who dispassionately orders men to risk their lives yet still manages to hold onto his humanity.
Here’s link to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34557858-battle-hardened
I loved it
Good morning, Bill - thank you for sharing Theodore Roosevelt Jr story - I especially enjoyed it and it poses a great counterpoint to this morning's WSJ article about U.S. economic sentiment being at a 35-yr low.
"it completely flips the idea that someone with a gun on the scene is going to deter this." This is a ridiculous statement. The gun on the scene is not to DETER it is to STOP. Are we really arguing that we should just let him continue to kill people because he wants to die?
Thanks for another good email.
I have a few other subscriptions to daily emails that either summarize the news or share worth-knowing information (or a combination of both), yours is the only one I read.
I am reminded of a Will Rogers comment. "Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement."
60+ years on and I still have my Gerber baby spoon. And I know it's hard to do but buying a house should be a business transaction not an emotional investment. Way too easy to get over your head buying emotionally. The war in Ukraine was a 30 day sound bite. People's attention span is too short these days to keep the focus longer term..
I didn’t know this about Gen. Theodore Roosevelt. Thank you for this reminder of today being June 6, D-Day. Will put our flags out front to commemorate it.
As an aside, I took the time to read all of the links of today’s other 7 topics.
I appreciate them all … !!
One wonders if people who cry during the process of trying to buy a house - whether they might feel entitled to get what they want, when they want, and how they want it (?) Then again, they say it’s healthy to release pent up emotions…
I enjoyed reading about the 83 yr. old gentleman who sailed across the Pacific… it gives me both encouragement and incentive to maintain my mental and physical health!!
Buying a home:
If buying a house is making you cry, this isn't the house you should be buying. Your agent, who is NOT your "friend", is most likely trying to sell you something that you really can't afford at all. Remember, the agent works for a commission. Of course they're going to upsell.
Beware any agent, car salesperson, etc who merely asks how much money do you make and then says this is what you can afford. Yeah, I can " afford " the house if I eat nothing but baloney sammiches for the duration of the loan. And drive a paid for, 10 year old car for the next 10 years.
These dolts pick their targets precisely because they know everyone there is unarmed. They would go elsewhere if it was common knowledge that there were people there who were not only armed, but who shoot to kill, no questions asked.
Put armed teachers, coaches, councilors, etc in my kiddos school. Then we can stop these bullshit fetal position drills that teach kids to just give up the second something bad might happen to them.
Oh my, now I know why I subscribed to Understandably's newsletter. <3
Half of Americans cry at least once...is the original headline, but Home buying is so traumatic is the one sited in the 7 other things link...
I wonder what the actual question was?
Did you cry for any reason during the home buying process?
Well, yes, my dog died.
Always more behind the story...and on that note, thanks for another story about a Roosevelt I'd never heard, Bill.
I wonder what it took for him to be allowed to go in the first wave...I guess it could've been being related to the president. :)
What a beautiful and inspiring quote by General Roosevelt! Thank you for the advice to, “Fight where you’re at.”
A different perspective on shooters. Most folks don't need semi-auto weapons, but that's a whole other issue. The kids (and sometimes adults) in rural areas are in a different mindset than the urbanites. Rural folk rely on guns. To hunt, for protection; it can be 30+ minutes between a call for help and it's arrival, for protection from wildlife; many rural areas have many critters that can do a lot of harm and you don't want to try to go against them with a stick or something. Many have three or four generations living under a roof or other extended family. The kids who are having these mental health issues are aware that if they seek help, under current red flag laws, the entire household's guns would be confiscated. Leaving the entire family without protection and without means to hunt. They don't want to/ they won't put their entire family at risk because of their problem. They do, many of them, have some sense of responsibility to others. Unfortunately, the way things are as of now, sometimes some of them feel like they're backed into a corner (and they kind of are). They're often too young to figure out a way out, so they go along until they literally snap. Until this glitch is fixed, I'm sure you'll continue to see the things we're seeing much too much of.