Monday, May 29, 2017

Defeated by Memorial's Day Weekend

Hello Lovelies,

I wanted to take a moment and acknowledge that I've been missing for the last couple of days. This was, unfortunately, self inflicted. I originally had content for the last couple of days in the form of a short story that was based on something less than fiction. The intent was to end with the final piece coming out today on Memorial's Day. However, at the last minute, I elected to remove the story and, due to the demands of the weekend, I had nothing to replace it with.

I sincerely apologize.

In short, the story was a piece that revolved around my older brother. I believe I've mentioned him before, but he served as an Army Ranger. The piece I was going to post revolved around a few very real instances for my brother and what he experienced in the name of the American people. However, I elected to remove it because it also ended how his story ended: in his death. I won't go into the finer details, but it was simply something I wrote that it was too tender to release, even a few years later.

With that said, I know that many Americans see this day as a day to barbecue and stay home from work, but I'd like to provide a reminder. Whether you believe in your government or not and whether you agree with what our leadership is doing or not, the boots on the ground are men and women who are willing to put forth their lives in honor of something greater. Remember them and remember everything that they do and remember those that have been lost both in and out of the field of battle.

To all of our Veterans, Thank you. You are remembered. And to any Americans who live beneath their cloak of protection and willingness to give their lives, may you honor them in your own way.

Thank you all, I promise we have more coming soon. I just kind of screwed up my own timestable the last few days.

- RB


  1. Sometimes it's not right to put something out. You'll know when you're ready to share it. Or not. Totally okay if not ever.

  2. NO apologies necessary.
    You owe us nothing. We are grateful for what you do share.
    Remembering our veterans is always poignant. And necessary. And I still long for the days when Remembrance Day/Memorial Day is an historical anomaly.

  3. Hi Robert ... so sorry to read about your brother ... but to know that if it is not right it is better to remove things. Remembering our servicemen and women of all eras is so important ... it's taking the time at regular intervals and remembering our loved who have gone before us ... in war and in peace, early or late ... take care - Hilary

  4. Remembering those who truly have and do put their life on the line is the way to be indeed. No matter what one thinks of the baboons in charge.

  5. What a great post! A good reminder to all that its not about a backyard party, its about people like your brother. It is a time for the rest of us to thank your brother for his service. I am sorry for your loss of your brother, but God Bless men like him. My father was in the Navy 22 yrs but we did not lose him during his service time. I know what you and your famiy went through must have been really hard.

  6. Thank you for the reminder. Without the sacrifices men and women in the armed forces make, we wouldn't have the luxury of freedom. We should treasure it. Disagree, complain and always try to make it better.

  7. This weekend was about remembering all those who have been lost. Very sorry to here about your brother.

  8. So sorry about your brother. That is absolutely tragic, and I can see why you weren't up for posting a story based on what he went through. Writing doesn't always need to be shared, after all; there's something therapeutic about creating something that's just for your eyes only...

  9. I'm very sorry about your brother. His life and sacrifice are exactly what Memorial Day is about, and I'm glad that even mentioning him in passing, you reminded others of the true meaning of this holiday.

  10. I am sorry to hear about your brother. Thank you for this piece, as it is a great reminder of the true meaning of day. As most of my family has served, I have nothing but respect and gratitude for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy the freedoms we have today.

  11. Sorry about your brother. A beautiful, heartfelt post. Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

  12. I am so sorry to hear about your brother. No need to ever apologize for being gone for a few days.

    A huge thank you always to everyone who has served our country.