Sunday, January 24, 2010

big sigh

January 24, 2010:
The U.S. Marine Corps has left Iraq. The U.S. Army will remain behind to wrap things up. This is another old custom, going back to World War II. During the first American offensive in the Pacific, the 1942 invasion of Guadalcanal, the marines led the way. But once the heavy fighting was over, the marines departed, and the army finished up.
During the 2003 invasion, some 40,000 marines participated, and there were over 80,000 marines in the region at the time. A marine and army division advanced on Baghdad, fighting their way through the Iraqi army. After 2003, the number of marines in Iraq shrank, usually no more than 25,000. But the marines were always there, and lost 522 dead and 5,049 wounded in the process. Most of the navy casualties in Iraq (26 dead, 320 wounded) were sailors serving in support of the marines. There are 203,000 active duty marines, about seven percent more than there were in 2003.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


We had a one day wind storm of which I totally loved.
The skies were bright blue this morning and the weather was amazing.
Work is going. nstr

There is an event in a few weeks I am choosing not to partcipate in.

I just started watching Burn Notice -Season Two.
It is good.
I am trying to find out if Big Love has started the new season.

My Buddhism class is interesting. I am enjoying reading the books and particpating in the discussions
just finished...
Learning to Breathe by Alison Wright alison wright Amazing book, author, memoir and photographs.

Friday, January 15, 2010

boxes are getting packed.
I am making plans in my head/heart.
Looking forward to days in the distant future.
Everytime someone says I am short, I defend sayinig that I am not. We still have plenty of days.
I am takign two classes this semester so I am busy reading about Buddhism and International Organizations.
I learned how to write my name in Arabic and have been practicing.
I hope I am able to have simple conversations when I get back.

woke up with these lyrics in my head

A star, a star, shining in the night
With a tall as big as a kite, with a tail as big as a kite.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year

Ok - it is now 2010
Chelsea is Germany.
She is unsettled, but I am sure will nest soon.
The weather was beautiful today. Perfect sun.
I enjoyed yoga and a Hazelnut Latte. I had to work - but it was low key.
I have been enjoying so many amazing snacks. Thank you for the dried mango and persimmon. The rice and seaweed. and Falfel. Some one called me the falfel yesterday, made me smile.

Finishing Master's
Finish what needs to be done.