Shell Shock and Cowardice in WWI: The Story of Harry Farr.

The Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine has a pdf of a gripping article on Private Harry Farr, a 25 year-old British soldier shot for cowardice during World War I, despite having being treated for shell-shock. As with all other WWI soldiers executed for cowardice, Farr was pardoned earlier this year by the British Government. The article is written by Professor Simon Wessley of King’s College London, who puts the Farr’s court martial and execution in context of the history of World War I, and in the context of what was known about trauma-related psychiatry at the time. There is little dispute about the sequence of … Continue reading Shell Shock and Cowardice in WWI: The Story of Harry Farr.

The Secret Women of the Civil War

Originally posted on Sol Empire💫:
The Secret Women of the Civil War To transcend gender, through loyalty on both sides of the American Civil War, was the women who disguised themselves as men to fight alongside in this bloodiest of wars raging. To get around the law preventing women from fighting, hundreds upon hundreds of such women took to a male disguise of the time, risking being sent home and even prison, some even keeping up this disguise for many years afterwards. Some identities were kept and some were widely known about amongst their fellow soldiers. The perception of equals… Continue reading The Secret Women of the Civil War

Next Mission: PTSD at home. Veterans breaking the Silence.

Actually, I am living this situation at work. Yes, I am the weak link.  And yes, I was the first and only one to break the silence. So, what? Do you know the story of someone who is sitting on the edge of the river waiting for his dead enemy’s body passing by? Seriously, it took me 1 month and a half to take an appointment with a psychologist after my burn out. Sometimes it’s life or death. *** “ah, post traumatic stress disorders, what a wimp, the weak link and then, you are not promoted anymore, you are not … Continue reading Next Mission: PTSD at home. Veterans breaking the Silence.

The Story of the Spider and the Bee.

Well, I love to believe that human soul spirits transform into animals before evolving somewhere else. Or bugs, whatever. So, a couple of days ago, on my way to work, I see this bee caught in a spider web. still alive and kicking. with a black big spider rushing on her way. don’t ask me. I take my phone and tie the web with the bee on my phone. and throw her on the ground. free her from the web. to fly again. I say to the spider: “You will have your brunch later today.” and go my way. and … Continue reading The Story of the Spider and the Bee.

Everyday is my Lucky Day. A story from the Royal Marine.

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers. A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar … Continue reading Everyday is my Lucky Day. A story from the Royal Marine.