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Luan, Nguyen Công Indiana University Press ePub

In my early childhood, “war” was one among the first abstract words I learned before I could have the least perception of its meaning. It was when World War II began. When I was a little older, I saw how war brought death and destruction when American bombers attacked some Japanese installations near my hometown. But it was the wars in my country after 1945 that resulted in the greatest disasters to my people.

Particularly, the 1955–75 Việt Nam War has been the most destructive in Việt Nam history and the most controversial in the United States as well as in many countries in the world. The debate seems endless, the arguments contradicting.

Before and since April 1975, there have been conferences, teach-ins, books, reports, and movies about the Việt Nam Wars after 1945. I realized that many of them contained incorrect and insufficient information, one-sided and superficial arguments, and erroneous figures. There have been conferences held outside Việt Nam about the war, but among many hundreds of participants, there was not a single Vietnamese from either side.

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Chapter 7: Black Sheep Jeff Daggett

Richard F. Selcer University Of North Texas Press ePub


Black Sheep Jeff Daggett

Jeff Daggett was bad news his whole life, from his unwelcome birth in 1863 to his unfortunate end fifty-four years later in a hail of bullets in the Tarrant County Courthouse. He was born in 1863 on the plantation of Captain Ephraim M. Daggett, remembered as the Father of Fort Worth. His mother was Matilda Smith, a slave on the plantation. It was a small plantation by the standards of the Old South, no more than ten or fifteen acres with the slave quarters right behind the big house. Slaves and their master’s family lived and worked close together. Jeff’s father was Ephraim “Bud” Daggett, the only son of Ephraim Merrell Daggett. Bud Daggett had been born in Kentucky in 1838 to E. M. and Pheniba Strauss Daggett. The mother died while Bud was still a child. The father fought in the Mexican War where he acquired the rank of captain while serving with the Texas Rangers. He came to Fort Worth in 1854 with his family, livestock, and slaves, settling on a survey about three-quarters of a mile south of the bluff. Daggett had remarried in the meantime, but Bud Daggett was mostly raised by a black mammy who was like a second mother. Growing up in a slave-owning family, race was a fact of life and living in such close proximity the lines between the races were sometimes blurred. With his father often away on business and being the oldest male in the household, Bud was the man of the place.1

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16. Cook Clinic

Bob Hammel Indiana University Press ePub


Cook Clinic

When I started this clinic in 1993, everybody in town thought I was nuttier than a fruitcake. We would go broke. It would cost us too much money. And the doctors and the hospital got mad at us for doing it. Those doctors love us now because we pay cash. If we refer one of our patients to them for specialty treatment, they see the patient, we get the bill, and we send the doctor a check. And we get a discount for quick payment. It works.

—Bill Cook

It looks like an ordinary doctor’s waiting room, except:

•  It’s a little bigger, with nineteen chairs.

•  It has a sign saying, “We Welcome Our Walk-In Patients.”

•  It’s open Monday through Friday from 8 AM until 8 PM—not until 3, not until 4 or 5, until 8 PM. And from 8 until noon on Saturday.

Cook Clinic is more than one company’s attempt to combat and control rising health costs. It’s Bill Cook’s microcosmic offering as Exhibit A that the health problem—which neither government nor private medical practice nor any of the profits-through-the-roof insurance companies has begun to dent—is not insurmountable at all.

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2. 77 Ranch

Joe Nick Patoski Texas A&M University Press ePub

In Texas we are losing productive, open-space land faster than any other state in the nation. Our legendary wide-open spaces are becoming cluttered with suburbs, shopping malls, and miles and miles of asphalt. The landscape is literally changing before our eyes.

As a result, caring for the land and the resources is no longer enough. Today’s most effective stewards must also be evangelists, spreading the good news of land stewardship to an ever-growing audience that has no relationship with the natural world.

Gary and Sue Price have embraced the challenge of communicating stewardship’s message with the same zeal that they have embraced the challenge of managing the native Blackland Prairie that is the core of their 77 Ranch. On the ranch, they have succeeded by carefully observing the world around them, working with the natural forces that are in play, and moving deliberately toward the future. It is with their eyes on the future that they have opened their ranch gates and welcomed fleets of yellow school buses to the 77 Ranch, so children can experience life beyond the artificial habitats of concrete and carpet grass.

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A for Answers

Colin Rafferty Break Away Book Club Edition ePub

Where did these come from? This little one, this scratch, faint on my arm—what caused it? How many could I count if I spent an hour? Two hours? If I took a pen and traced each one, how long before I blacked out my body?

The cat’s claws? A spark from a fire? An envelope opened the wrong way? A broken window? A broken sense of optimism?

Are they like a collision, cars piled up on the interstate? Are they like a graveyard, rows and rows of crosses? Does each have a story? Does anyone know every story?

What happens when we forget? What happens when we remember? What happens in the aftermath, when there’s still glass on the highway, holes in the wall, blood on the ground? What happens when history keeps moving?

What happens in committee? What happens in the architect’s office? What happens on the construction site? What happens at the dedication, one week later, two years later?

Do we remember with stone and steel? Do we remember in our minds or with our hearts? Do we remember the event, the story, or the memorial? Do we remember what happened or who it happened to?

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