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  •  Last night the waves of despair washed over me (3+ / 0-)
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    Devilstower, steelman, mommyof3

    this morning this diary gave me back my perspective. It was the evening news stories on General Petraeous saying that we were basically stuck in an existential NO WAY OUT that hurled me over the edge of my normal optimism into the slough of despond.  Stories and diaries zip by like billboards on a solitary highway, one never pulls over to take the time to stop and think about what they mean - if you do you get runover by someone hurtling past you or ramming you up the rear.

    I am in the waiting stage of publishing a 600 page historical biography ranging from the Jacobite rebellions in Scotland in the early 1700's, through the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War, slavery and the cotton trade between Great Britain and America, North and South, finishing up in Edwardian England of the early 1900's. The major sub-theme 'the special relationship between America and England' and Scottish immigration mainly to the Southern states.  The project took me seven years, five re-writes and peer reviews and I am now waiting for the galley's.  And, I am going mad!

    I wrote it for the grandchildren, to try and tell them the truth of their mixed heritage. It was a labour of tremendous love and sometimes I get really upset when people complain about the hardship of modern life. My great grandfather lost two wives in childbirth in the mid 1800's, including my great grandmother.

    The book is already up on for pre-orders and I sometimes surreptiously visit it in the dread of night to make sure it is really really real. The website says it is so.  But sometimes I feel as though I am in limbo, lost control, my child has been adopted, subject to change by the publisher's whim.

    This is why I am spending an inordinate amount of time at DK, trying to condense my thoughts to the essence of pure meaning in less than 600 pages.

    This beautiful essay has given me back my own emotional equilibrium and historical perspectivre.

    Thank you. Can we have at least one diary on Science History on Friday's. please, pretty pretty please.  I have a long way to go yet. And I have no objection to the mingling of hisotory, science and religion - they all have their own music.

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