9/2 & 9/3 “A journey in time”. Visit with me and learn about Florida’s history.
Out and about: Saturday, 7/21/18, 2 PM
Sandman Book Company
16480 Burnt Store Road
Punta Gorda, FL
DL Havlin to present: Flaming Florida, I – A land born in violence. (1520 to 1784) –
From before the days the Spanish stepped ashore on Florida’s sands, violence and war were a way of life. This presentation provides information about Florida’s inhabitants and the culture they derived from and what happened to them. From an estimated population of 350,000 people at the time Columbus arrived, these native “Indians” were decimated to less than 3,000 by the time the Florida’s (East & West) became an English colony. Spain, France, and England all brought disease, slaughter and slavery and the natives responded with equal violence.
Has your life ever inspired you to write? Then come to check out the Gulf Coast Writers Association. Our guest speaker DL Havlin, will be letting us in on how he weaves reality into a world of fiction. The meeting will be held Saturday, June 16 at Zion Lutheran Church, Fort Myers 33919. First time guests are free. If you want more info please call 770-906-7885 or go to gulfwriters.org.
I quote Santa Anna – “He who chooses to ignore history is doomed to live it again.” I believe we can learn so much from things we have done right and from our failures.
This day is one of those days that we should look back and listen to what history is screaming. Look at the pictures on this blog and understand what they mean. Each body lying on the beach was someone’s loved one. That corpse gave its life for all of us. It did this so we can have the freedoms we should enjoy and savor. They were purchased at such a high cost.
Today, there are many humans that do not value the sacrifices made and are perfectly willing to sacrifice freedoms for their particular political thought. Inflexibility and ignorance and siblings and some see their view of the world as the only correct one. How sad. If something doesn’t affect them in the here and now they devalue it.
Let’s see if we can add that worth back. Look at the picture below. It’s the body of a brave man who died alone. In all probability his death was painful. No one was there to comfort him. Now, look at him a little differently. His unseen face is your brother, your son, your uncle, your father. The price of his sacrifice has just gone up. We should accord all those nameless, faceless heroes the same honor and esteem we would for those of our blood.
Today, June 6th, 2018, say a prayer and give thanks to all those who fought, who fought and died, and who fought and were forever changed. In actuality, they are all our blood relatives.