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Sunday Salon: November 13, 2011

Family and Life:
Ah, a three day weekend. But not just any three-day, this is Veterans' Day when we acknowledge the official end of World War I and honor veterans of all wars. On Veterans' Weekend I always think about my grandfathers who fought in WWI and WWII and my great-grandfather who fought in WWI (all under the UK flag).

In addition, I go down to our wharf and honor the vets who put up 3,000+ crosses on the beach representing the US deaths in Iraq during our current conflict. (They stopped adding crosses at 3,000 because it took too long to put up and take down each week.)

This month marks the eight-year anniversary of the display called Arlington West and they had people reading the names of US soldiers killed Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the names of some Iraqis and Afghans who have been killed.

And we've got the USS Milnius in town for five days.

Somehow the four-day week we had seemed crazier and longer than the five-day weeks!

Books and Reading:
I have completed all the challenges I set out for myself this year (see details below), which feels really good. I haven't decided yet which ones I'll do in 2012 yet.

Do you have any good challenge suggestions for me?

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