Saturday, February 20, 2010

Sunset over Lynchburg

We had a stunningly vibrant sunset last night, so I ran to grab the camera after taking Jasper out for his "evening constitutional." Sorry to disappoint anyone who was hoping to read more today - this is all you get. Two posts of pictures, and not much else! Today is dedicated to research, research, and more research. I'm trying to find out more about SOE (Britain's Special Operations Executive) in the low countries (Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands) and the Balkans. So far, I'm not having a whole lot of luck, since the vast majority of sources focus on SOE's work in France. Well, back to the grindstone!

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"