Appalachian Patria

Appalachian Intellectual. To me that means plain thinking. I am A Non Commissioned Officer in the Army Reserves. Let me say...My views expressed here are mine and not those of The U.S. Army, Army Reserve or my fellow brethren in The National Guard. This is entirely Sua Sponte. This is My Thinking. I'm single and in my mid 30's. Politicaly, I'm a Libertarian. (Again, Sua Sponte.I do not represent the Libertarian Party.)I love my native Appalachia, Rock n Roll and...I love God.

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Location: Brevard, North Caroilina

I started blogging for two reasons. I was concerned about the changes to the area I live in, Southern Appalachia and I was about to go to the war. I was in Iraq in 06 and 07 and now Kuwait in 11 and 12. Blogging was a means of documenting my experiences and hoping it would help gain clarity. I don't feel that way about it any more. It's said people write blogs because they are frustrated, that's why people read them too. That makes us sound apocalyptic. Are we? Let it be said, what I say here is of my own thinking. This is entirely Sua Sponte and not an official representation of the U.S. Military or the U.S. Government as a whole.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

I done Up And Volunteered Myself, Edited

Latley I've only kept up sporadicaly with anyones Blog. But, the other morning I stopped to check in on Red Geargia Clay. It appeared the boy had been hit with a Book Meme. I noticed he listed T.E. Lawrence's "Seven Pillars Of Wisdom" as one book impressing him most. It made an Impression on me too. I agreed with him and since he was not taggin but asking for Volunteers, I, in a sense I volunteered myself.

1.How many books have I owned? There is no real telling. Bunches upon bunches.

2. The last book I bought was? "In The Red Zone, A Journey Into The Soul Of Iraq", by the late Steven Vincent. He was an Art Reporter who saw the World Trade Centers fall and later went to Iraq out of pocket, not as an Imbed or working for a News Angency. As I was reading it he was shot and killed in Basra and his Lady Interprator, Noir, was seriously wounded. He was a big supporter of Democracy in Iraq, but even his writings shed a dim light for hope in that. From his writing I liked him personaly, may he rest in Peace. Maybe Noir can come to here and live without threat.

3. The last book I read was? See above. So...
3a. The Book I read before that was the Draft version of FMFM-1A, Fourth Generation Warfare, by Bill Lind and the 4GW boy's.
3b. Before that I read "Lost In Translation, a Combat Advisor's Story, Vietnam", by Martin Dockery.
3c. And before that was "Not A God Day To Die, The Untold Story Of Operation Anaconda", by Sean Naylor(It's up there with "Black Hawk Down", by Mark Bowden). I'm Currently re reading FMFM-1A.

4. The books that have left an impression on me: There are so many. Some that come to mind are...The 1985 version of FM22-100, Military Leadership. "The Seven Pillars Of Wisdom", by T.E. Lawrence, The Book Of Proverbs, both the Living Bible and The King James Version..."Open rebuke is better than secret love"...Not to mention Eclesiastes. History, Myths and Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees, by James Mooney. About Face, by the late Col. David Hackworth, The Travels Of William Bartram, by William Bartram(slightly lesser is A Journey into The Carolinas, by John Lawson). Enders Game, by Orson Scott Card(and Enders Shadow!) and the countless books I read as a kid on Mountain Men and Indian Warriors. One to add, for variety and it's true, was The Secrets of Seduction by a lady named Venus Something another. I loaned it to Horse Slayer, but, he must have never read it.

Two to add after thinking about it. "Boyd, The Fighter Pilot That Changed The Art Of War", by Robert Coram and "Rising Tide, The Great Mississippi Flood Of 1927 And How It Changed America", by John M. Berry. The latter my Ex picked up in a discount store over In Pigeon Forge, meaning it didn't do as well. It deserves much credit. 800 plus pages, but, very interesting reading. You'll have a better understanding of a Complex South.

In the same spirit of Dave I'll ask for Volunteers. It may work better that way.

I plan on getting some posts caught up soon since I'm going to be away so much over the next 20 odd day's. Bare with me...hang in there.
Appalachian Intellectual

8 Comments:

Blogger Murf said...

I'd volunteer but they couldn't compete with yours.

8:00 PM  
Blogger The Appalachianist said...

So? Do it anyhow...people read different things. Try it you'll like it.

10:59 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

I am glad you volunteered, you threw out a couple there that I need to find so I can read 'em.

12:23 AM  
Blogger Lea said...

I'll volunteer. I got here from Red Georgia Clay, I'm also a Libertarian, and I've read Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card) at least twice, as well as the sequels. You'll find my post at Teak Talks (be back in a bit with the actual link!)

2:06 AM  
Blogger Lea said...

Here's the link to my book meme post. Thanks for stopping by!

4:23 AM  
Blogger The Appalachianist said...

Well I hope I turned you on to something good Dave. I'v decided to find "Company Aytch" since reading your post.

Lea, (Another Libertarian Folks!) Thanks for coming over and volunteering. I can't say that I've read Ender's Game twice(It's being made into a Movie). Enders Shadow is the same story but from a differant charectors eye's.(Bean, an Orphan from the slums of Rotterdam)

The books I've listed are only a high light. One I failed to was "Boyd, The Fighter Pilot Who Changed The Art Of War". I think that I will add that to it.

7:49 AM  
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