This is an oddly-combined post but I wanted to mention two things today, so I'm going to include them both even though they have nothing in common whatsoever.
If you happen to pay attention to my "Please Remember" box in my sidebar, you'll notice that our American fatalities have recently exceeded 3500. Being as it has only been a little over 5 months since I wrote this post about reaching the 3000 mark, I just wanted to ask everyone to please remember once again. Losing an average of 100 soldiers a month is terribly sad and the sacrifices these brave men and women have made for us should not go unnoticed.
In addition, our fallen soldiers are not the only ones who have suffered or are suffering. I've been seeing a lot of interviews lately on the subject of post-traumatic stress disorder and the inability of our healthcare system to help veterans who are returning from war. Facilities are overbooked and understaffed and the lag times until treatment programs are available are increasing every day.
One of my blogfriends Deborah, from Weathering Migraine Storms, has just written this heart-wrenching post about what her son Philip is going through since he came home. I encourage you to stop by and give everyone in Deborah's family your support.
And secondly, on a much lighter note...
... as promised last week in my Show Us Your Hobby! post, today is the day to Show You Their Hobbies! That's right folks, as a reward for humoring me and responding to my call to show us your... whatevers, here is a link-parade of everyone who played along.
1. Linda from Letters From Third Grade shows us some of her mad photography skilz in this post. She clearly has an eye for subject matter, unlike me who wouldn't be able capture a Kodak moment if I had a net.
2. Ashley from One Tall Momma wrote this tounge-in-cheek post about her favorite hobby. I won't give it away here but let's just say it includes tongues and cheeks.
3. Heather from Cool Zebras wrote this post about a hugely popular hobby these days - scrapbooking! Much better than the pictures of my youth I have mashed together in shoeboxes in my closet.
4. Gale from This Was Me wrote this and this about a very cool restoration project she and her husband are working on. I admire their desire to want to spend hours and hours sanding something, because anyone who has read this blog over the last year and a half knows how I feel about sanding anything!
5. And finally my mom, who doesn't have a blog but wrote the comment of the week in response to my story when she said, "My hobby is waiting on your Dad!!!!!"
Huh, if only that were a joke.