Our Lives Are Surrounded by War

In America, it’s easy to think that there is no war but I hear the sound of war when a fighter jet takes off from the nearby air force base. I’m very grateful for the peaceful existence I have in America and for those who “fought for our country,” but I see the damage done to our young soldiers when we watch the evening news and see how ill- treated many Vets are in hospitals created to take optimum care of them. We hear stories about friends and neighbors and how their lives were altered by war. And then I see it when I’m researching. Whether I’m researching genealogy or for a fiction I’m writing. Yesterday and today are surrounded by war. Can’t we get past it?

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees. Available here:


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