Hypnotic Soundscapes — Garden Of The Buddha

A close-up on Blue Crocus flowers by a flowing stream back this “Singing Bowl Sandwich”. It was created from many different MIDI synth runs layered together with an ambient backing track also of my own creation.

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Veterans’ Blogs Offer a Glimpse into Life on the Front Lines

I spent a lot of time watching the History Channels last week. Soon all of the people who helped in this fight for freedom will be no more; and I’ve even heard that in some areas of the USA teaching the history of the Great Wars (World Wars One and Two) is no longer done as the curriculum is considered to be “politically incorrect”. To this I can only say one thing:

Those who neither learn from nor remember the mistakes of the past, are doomed to repeat those mistakes.  Therefore let us strive to always remember.

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Last week was the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the start of the Allied landing in Normandy, France, that contributed to the end of World War II.

While some marked it with (deserved) pomp and circumstance, we observed it by reading the latest from some of our favorite veterans’ blogs on WordPress.com:

Carrying the Gun

Then-infantryman Don Gomez served two tours in Iraq with the US Army in the early 2000s. After a stint in graduate school and a dissertation on the experiences of Iraqi soldiers during the Iran-Iraq War, he re-upped and heads to Afghanistan later this summer as a Second Lieutenant.

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His blog, Carrying the Gun, is a mix of  thoughtful essays on everything from modern soldiering to women in combat to the transition from soldier to civilian. Sprinkled throughout are photos and letters from his Iraq deployments — a fascinating portrait of the life on the front lines.

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