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Literal Thoughts

My friend Kerry started a blog (her second or third one, I believe) back in March.  She's about as straight a shooter as you'll ever find.  She's adventurous, too - she just got back from Jordan and Iraq.  That was her second trip there.

Her blog is Literal Thoughts.

She's got many posts to consume with things like:

...these days, the words are blurring together. Gitmo, Durbin, ratings down on this, ratings up on that. I just find myself, well, not caring. In fact, I’m too busy thinking about all of the stuff I have to pull together to make a successful trip across the pond, and then across the desert. And I think that’s why I am, for the lack of a better word, frustrated. The debate is important. It’s only one half of the solution however. Now, I think that there are some amazing writers that do a fantastic job using their talent to raise the debate level, or awareness. That IS doing something in my book. However, when I see the same arguments and thoughts repeated ad nauseam on blog after blog, frankly, it depresses me. If people stopped talking so much, and put all that energy into doing something, well, I think a whole lot more problems would be solved...

In another post:

...I want to talk about what I feel is an entirely misunderstood and underrepresented section of the Middle East. I’m talking about the educated 30 year old and under crowd. Largely westernized, if even through exposure to television (ugh), and getting more and more educated, this class knows and despises what extremism has brought to their lives. They also know, thanks in part to the Internet, what else is out there in the world...

And...

...I need to tell you about Baghdad in spring. It looks like paradise. It did not look like the hell I saw on tv, not at all. There are giant areas of housing of course, it’s a huge city, of about 6 million people. But, many of even the smaller homes keep a “backyard garden”. So there was still plenty of green, and that’s what surprised me, how lush it was, how the groves of palms were almost forests in places, how the Tigris (Dijla there) sparkled in the sun...

Great blog!  This is the part where I say, "grab a cup of coffee - or, in my case, a not-so-wee dram of Laphroaig" and enjoy.

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