Some great points about thinking about how our words will be perceived, before we speak. I like Stephanie’s last paragraph were she gives some tips on how to be assertive and let other people know when they are being rude.
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This is a nine-page essay written by one of my friends from college. I’m going to break it up over several posts. Her essay is about the problem of men and women serving in the armed forces and coming home to find that there are no jobs for them.
“Inside the Churchville Veterinary Hospital, veterinarian Rick Parsons is busy performing cancer surgery on a 5 year old German shepherd.
It’s a bitter winter afternoon, and Parsons’ friend and accountant, Dave Young, has stopped by to go over some financial records. Stepping outside the operating room, Parsons asks his friend if he would like to watch. Glancing at the bloodstained operating table, Young politely declines.
But Young says he’s happy to see his buddy again wielding a surgeon’s knife. Parsons is just glad to see Young back handling the practice’s books.
Both Young and Parsons are part-time soldiers, majors in the Army Reserve whose recent tours of active duty in Afghanistan wrenched them from their lives in western New York for a year each, nearly destroying Parson’s veterinary practice and putting strains on Young’s tiny accounting firm.
When Parsons came home after a yearlong call-up to Afghanistan in August 2003, he was within a month of having to file bankruptcy papers. He’d been unable to find another doctor to fill in during his absence. Meanwhile, Young spent most of 2002 in Afghanistan, forcing his wife to go to work with his father to keep clients from abandoning Young and Co., the small firm he had started five years earlier.
The lives of these two officers and a half dozen of their Army Reserve comrades in Rochester offer a window into the growing strains that many warn are threatening to break America’s part-time military,” explains Dave Moniz.
Flash forward ten years and the stories are even more bleak than anticipated. An economic recession sent our economy into a downward spiral. Businesses closed, jobs were outsourced, or eliminated completely. The job market is small and the competition is high. Not only are reservists returning to civilian life, but are now in a new battle. The new battle is for the jobs they left behind.
To be continued…..
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- Ex-soldiers offered cash to join TA (telegraph.co.uk)
Anna Anderson was by far the most convincing of the imposters. She allegedly was able to recall things that her supporters claimed only the real Anastasia would know. For example, when Anastasia’s friend Gleb Botkin visited Anna, she asked him if “he had brought any pictures of his funny animals.’” When Gleb and the real Anastasia had played together as children, he had drawn pictures of imaginary animals for her, and the fact that Anna knew this was enough to convince Gleb Botkin that she really was Anastasia; immediately after this he became her strongest supporter (King and Wilson 175).
Anna Anderson was the same height as Anastasia, their eyes were the same vivid blue and they suffered from a similar foot deformity, but there the resemblance ended. To some people who have seen side-by side photographs of them, it is obvious that the shape of their faces are very different, with the biggest difference being in the shapes of their mouths; Anna Anderson has large full lips, but Anastasia had a small mouth with thin lips.
In spite of this evidence, many people were convinced that she was Anastasia. Gleb Botkin and his sister Tatiana believed her, but those who had been closest to Anastasia, such as her aunts, Olga and Irene, who visited Anna Anderson, were convinced that she was an imposter (Massie 167).
Then in the 1940s, this already complex story became even more challenging.
On February 17, 1920, a young woman was pulled from the Berlin canal after a suicide attempt. She was committed to a mental institution in Berlin. At first she refused to give her name, so she became known as Fraulein Unbekannt (German for ‘Miss Unknown’). Later she gave her name as Anna Anderson, and soon after, incredibly, claimed to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia, who was supposedly murdered; alongside her parents, three sisters, and brother. With this claim, Anna quickly captured the attention of the world.
According to Victor Alexandrov in his book The End of the Romanovs, in 1917, the Russian people were starving. World War I was being fought, and flour for bread making was rationed; but these reserves had been sold to “unscrupulous traffickers” who took advantage of the people’s desperation and sold it to them at a very high price (Alexandrov 122). The working class began rioting all over Russia.
The Russians had also suffered devastating losses of many soldiers because of several bitter defeats by Germany and Austria. These factors finally led to the overthrow of the last Tsar of Russia: Nicholas Romanov, which was followed by the rise of Communism in Russia.
On March 2, 1917, in the city of Pskov, “Imperial Russia died after a thousand years of life” (129). Nicholas, pressured by members of the Russian Parliament, abdicated the in favor of his brother Michael; who never took the throne, but was immediately murdered by the Bolsheviks. This was the name that the members of the emerging new government called themselves; similar to the Rebels and Yankees of our Civil War.
Nicholas, his wife, and their five children were murdered by a firing squad on July 17, 1918. The Communist government at first tried to cover up the murders; saying that only Nicholas had been executed. Because the graves had not been found, the Russian government was able to keep this lie going for several years after the murders.
Meanwhile in other parts of Europe, several imposters appeared; some claimed to be Alexei, the Tsar’s son, others claimed to be Marie, one of the Tsar’s younger daughters. They were all quickly exposed as frauds. “Europe, however, had yet to meet Anna Anderson” (History.com).
(Part II coming soon)