The death toll of the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon was 11,500. In West Beirut alone, it was 4,000. That is a huge figure for a nation whose total population is three million, many of whom had already emigrated due to the civil war, which started in 1975.
I saw my nation falling and rising, I saw pain and heroism, I saw cowardice and courage, I saw humiliation and happiness—these are all etched in my mind. For me, those left much more gruesome wounds than those which scar the body. Fortunately, I was spared the latter, together with any of my loved ones.
While many might suppress their memories, as the soldier in ‘Waltzing with Bashir,’ or choose only the easier, lighter moments to recall, other survivors of 1982, like me, feel compelled to tell what they saw and felt—to describe those moments of intensity so starkly different from the ordinary course of events, for the sake of the truth.
In Mt. Diablo’s Shadow–A Collection of Prose and Poetry, Volume 6–Compiled and edited by Kati Short, Poet Laureate, City of Brentwood.
Welcome to our sixth collection of local writers’ work. This may be the best assortment of poetry, short story and prose we’ve offered so far.
There are many wonderful poems such as Before the Fall, Cowboy Copeless, Gone too Long, Wild Horses.
Among the prose pieces are Donkey Baseball, Tommy and Flicker, In Training to Become Queen, Fist Fighting Mariachis.
We hope you enjoy our literary arts fest.
“Charter schools are a new direction with vast potential to provide a different and creative educational program in a unique setting.”
–Dr. Robert Byrne,
Superintendent of Schools,
Thornwood, New York
ALFRED J. LODOVICO is currently an Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Thornwood, New York. He has been in various fields of education for 35 years. As the notion of Charter Schools became more and more familiar, Mr. Lodovico chose this educational reform movement as a final project and requirement for his doctoral degree.
The Revelation by Ethel Beardsworth. Ethel Beardsworth is a dancer and pianist, and her husband, Harold, a high school and college football player, was Purchasing Agent at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, CT. They, together with their sons, Kevin and Edward, started and managed Professional Music Center in Fairfield, CT., housing a retail music center and studios for teaching all instruments.
Ethel and Harold were high school sweethearts and married on May 27, 1950. They had an idyllic life together with their three sons and later, their wives and four grand-daughters. However, God intervened and took Harold at age 61. Ethel believes that it was the Goodness of God that sent Harold back to her to soften the blow that was to come, the death of their middle son, Kevin.
“Friends and foes are unanimous in their opinion that he was a strictly honorable man in all his dealings and that his word was as good as his bond.”
“He was absolutely fearless, afraid of no man.”
“Gentleman-like and pleasant in his manner, even easy going in many ways, he was a rigid observer of the old frontier code of honor.”
“He was recognized by friends and foes, as a recklessly brave man, who would go any distance, or undergo any hardship to serve a friend or punish an enemy.”
Anyone can have good health and happiness if they are willing to do what it takes! This inspiring guide about the Living Foods Lifestyle is a must read for anyone seeking knowledge about the natural way to heal the body, mind and spirit. It’s a remarkable story of how Brenda Cobb turned her own health challenges into a mission to help heal the world. It’s not just a diet, but a whole new way of thinking that really changes lives. Her delicious recipes and practical advice have empowered people around the world to take charge of their own health and well-being and take control of their lives.
Night of the Witches, The Bocor, the second book in the series which chronicles the life of a young girl and how she becomes an enchantress of the dark ways.
Now befriended by a group of slaves and introduced to the practice of Voodoo, Damiana becomes apprentice to the Bocor. Welcomed by the gods, her powers begin to intensify.
A Novel In Eight Parts by Don Festge–first book in a series which chronicles the life of a young girl and how she becomes an enchantress of the dark ways.
Conceived through rape, Damiana Novella, a sixteen-year-old child from Spain is forced to flee for her life. Stowed away aboard a ship heading for Hispaniola, Damiana is soon caged like an animal. Her aversion towards life begins.
Spider Lies is Astor’s second collection of poetry. The first, Dame, was published by The University of Georgia Press in 1980. For over twenty years, Astor has worked fulltime as a teacher of poetry in the public schools.
the tiny white ones
hanging by their slender threads
almost impossible to catch
they could be anywhere
the bulbous clumsy ones, grey-black
that try to hide in cracks
too narrow to contain them
or dangle in midair
obscene and undeniable
the quick thick ones that scuttle
and the stilted ones that pose
those that are lethal
the ones so intricate in their design
that they intrigue
the ones so beautiful
so perfectly strange
they cannot be believed
Copyright © 2003 by Susan Astor
Princess Elizabeth of Graycliff and Prince Edward of Whitehill have been bound to marry each other by the terms of a magical stone engraving. If they do not marry by their sixteenth birthday-only six days away-they will turn to stone. Serious Elizabeth loves eloquent poetry, somber music, and courtly dancing. Playful Edward loves athletic competition, nature’s beauty, and peasant food. They meet right before the wedding and discover that they detest each other.
With the clock ticking, Elizabeth and Edward decide to travel to distant Engravia to find a stonecutter who, they hope, will release them from the dreadful enchantment.
They begin their journey convinced that the greatest hardship will be spending time together. Little do they know that traps lie in wait for them, for each kingdom they visit offers a temptation which threatens to hold them…forever.