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About R.E.W

I am author, artist, history buff, wishing to share these three passions of mine with anyone who cares to read this blog. The main drive between these three deep interests of mine is imagination.

History isn't just people and events in a dusty book. Writing isn't just words in a tome. Art isn't just random images in a photograph, sketch or painting. I'll give you examples of what they really are.

Yes, I’ve neglected this blog horribly.  My very deepest regrets…
School has been one big central thing these days, because we’ve had classes, and various happenings around here that make life a wild thing indeed.  But I’m back!!!  At last, I shall speak: about school of course.  This year, I’m doing history alone.  For the first time, my sister is apart, and in a totally different time period.  It makes learning rather lonely, especially since we’ve always done projects together–but despite that, I am thrilling over the fact that I’m going right into the 20th century and finding out all about World War I, one of my personal favorites in this century, though it’s terribly sad and heart-wrenching.  It is a sort of dark time, full of death and unrest–total unrest everywhere…worldwide.  From trenches to the home front, everything has been fascinating.  Comparing it to a century earlier (1814), 1914 would shock and astonish people living a hundred years before.  Seriously, Thomas Jefferson and everyone else would not believe that awful, appalling weapons such as shrapnel shell (a mangling type of explosive.  I don’t care to describe its effects), chlorine gas…the trenches!  I am repulsed by those mad, insane and terrifying ditches where millions met their death.  Men and women of the early 19th century (such as Thomas Jefferson, among many, many others) would be amazed to find that America has become a world power by 1914.  In one book, the U.S. was described as a “Giant”.  
I love that poster, because “America” looks just as she should…with a certain delicate strength about her–a young, beautiful strength.  We are certainly America the Beautiful!  Moreover, in a way it is exciting to read how America stirred and rallied as she joined her allies (England and France).  As to the Allies–America, England and France–I find it pretty humorous, to think that over a hundred years before America and England had been avid opponents and France had been little America’s aid during the War for Independence.  I wonder what patriots in the Revolution would have thought…what would King George III have thought about it?  The thirteen colonies he tried to force into submission now coming to England’s aid…very, very ironic. 
      In Rilla of Ingleside, chapter 4, The Piper Pipes, Walter Blythe (Rilla’s older brother) utters a very profound statement…startling and horribly poignant: 
Before this war is over” he said–or something said through his lips–“every man and woman and child will feel it–you, Mary, will feel it–feel it to your heart’s core.  you will weep tears of blood over it.  The Piper  has come–and he will pipe until every corner of the world has heard his awful and irresistible music.  It will be years before the dance of death is over–years, Mary.  And in those years millions of hearts will break.
Those lines haunt, haunt and point towards a very real truth.  Saying that Walter Blythe was right is an understatement.  The Great War made a nightmarish scarlet stain on mankind.  And it was followed by a second nightmare.  In both of these mad, insane dreams that are only too real–too real parts of history–millions and millions died.  Millions broke. 
It is well that war is so terrible — lest we should grow too fond of it.
                                                                                                                          ~Robert E. Lee~
Picture from Google Images
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8 Responses to The Great War progresses

  1. Meggie says:

    Hi Rebecca!

    W.o.w. I have a great-grandfather who expierenced World War II, and I knew he has terrible memories and scars from it, but that quote at the end sticks with me.
    Frankly, all the world wars dont interest me much, they give me the shivers… any sort of war pr holocaust that has a greedy, evil nation behind it.

    Hows your Adventure Novel going? We got the information on it in the mail last week and watched the sample dvd… it got my blood pumping excitedly through my veins. Counting down the weeks till I can start next year!
    Oh, and are you going to do NaNoWriMo?

    Sorry this comment turned out to be a novel itself!

  2. Oh, no need to apologize for a long comment–I love comments! 😀 Yes, those world wars are such terrible awful, sickening things… I find them both fascinating and hateful. As Robert E. Lee said– “It is well that war is so terrible, lest we grow fond of it.”
    One can’t imagine the scars such huge wars would leave on someone…these conflicts marred everything. So terrible, yes…
    As to One Year Adventure Novel! Yes, yes! I do love it, so far I’m on Lesson 8. You’ll love it, especially since you’re already so excited :) I’m anxious to start writing, but I’m still planning it out. I have heard of NaNoWriMo, and I have even gone to the website…I’m not sure yet if I will do it, though I really want to because that would be great motivation to write a story, throughout November. I saw you post about it on your blog and I was interested immediately. So, maybe!!! I hope so! how many times have you done it already?

  3. Meggie says:

    Hi Rebecca,

    I have only done NaNoWriMo once, after watching some of my other blogging friends do it a few years ago, this year will be my second time.


  4. Megzie says:

    Hey Reb,
    Oh! We studied WWI last year and I enjoyed it as much as I could when studying about a war. :)
    we read Rilla of Ingleside then too, and Walter’s words were so haunting and true that I somewhat still remember them.
    Very cool post!

  5. Another interesting fact I’ve read concerning World War I, for those who have read Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien based his Battle of the Marshes (I think that is what it was called–or something like it) on the battle field of Verdun–a large, cratered, mire-like expanse.

  6. Megzie says:

    Wait, have you read Lord of the Rings, Reb?

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