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Life is an infinite continuum, feeding on its own death. Our mortality, real and imagined, lives within. We can always see these truths with a discerning eye. The mirrored images that seem like two, are but one, a parallel universe whose paths cross like a wisp of wind, we are all of one time, like prose and poems written in separate centuries, but of the same struggle. There, always there, truth never hides, except for those who don’t seek it  for fear of what they might find. From light to dark we fly in different directions though toward the same destination. What matters is what we do on our flight. Do we see the paths of leaves as they float on the pond, the reflection of the sky beyond, and the trees, who have now shed their leaves but will reflect full in the spring; beneath the leaves, the roots of the lily pads  and the stare of a wary carp who looks from his world as we do from ours? We must find time on our journey to read, play a game, or simply sit and wonder at the marvels around us, for death will come in its own time…

Christmas Truce

Blog Posted:12/22/2013 10:25:00 AM

One hundred years ago next Christmas eve, during the first year of WWI, nearly 100,000 soldiers in the trenches, mostly German, British, and French (the US did not join the war until 1917) initiated an unofficial truce.  If you remember this true story refresh, your memory (if you like) by watching a couple stories on youtube.  If you haven’t heard of this please check it out . (Google - The Christmas Truce) or copy the link below.  The Germans started by placing Christmas trees with candles along the trench lines and singing carols and the English and French joined in until they all joined together in “no man’s land”.  The story in the movie Joyeux Noel  (Merry Christmas) was a small part of this night.  Small in the quantity of soldiers but large in the quality of heart.  This is well worth 7 minutes especially now.

My thought was, however naïve I may be, that if soldiers in a world war freezing in the trenches in the farmlands of Europe could lay down their weapons and celebrate that Christmas as one, that we from our warm homes with our loved ones and family around and our relatively petty offenses and differences could do the same. So I welcome all to come to this “no man’s land” blog and simply say Merry Christmas or more if you wish----all positive please. Oh, and by the way I have no one blocked so let’s all be one. I’ll be the first to say Merry Christmas to each and every one of you and mean it with the same intensity to all!

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  1. Date: 12/27/2013 6:42:00 PM
    however late i may be...I just want to say I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and enjoyed time spent with loved ones...i have been away due to illness with my daughter whom is now on the road to recovery, i myself did get sick for the holiday but am slowly recovering! Happy New Years to all :) Love and Hugs

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  1. Date: 12/26/2013 8:53:00 PM
    Merry merry merry Christmas

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  1. Date: 12/24/2013 12:10:00 AM
    that is about the sweetest-looking Santa I ever saw!!Wishing a very merry Christmas to each and every one of you And I truly hope your New Year will be awesome too! With much love...Deb

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 12/24/2013 12:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Happy holidays, Deb!
  1. Date: 12/23/2013 8:40:00 PM the photo...such a cutie Santa! :) Merry Christmas, Craig. I hope you and your family have a joyous one! Love and hugs, Catie :)

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    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey Date: 12/25/2013 8:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ruben! :) A Very Merry Christmas to you also! and a Wonderful New Year! love and hugs, Catie :)
    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey Date: 12/25/2013 8:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are so funny, Craig! I, also, watch every verison they air of the Christmas Carol. Also ~ every Scrooge they air! My favorite Christmas show! I also enjoy 'It's a Wonderful Life' :) Love and hugs, catie
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 12/23/2013 11:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hello, sweet lady! Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year!! A big hug, Catie!
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 12/23/2013 9:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Catie, Perhaps I'm a masochist but I watch 3 different versions of A Christmas Carol every year------God bless us everyone!
  1. Date: 12/23/2013 2:19:00 PM
    Lovely reminder, Craig.....Merry Christmas to all my friends here...You've impacted my life tremendously.....Yes...let's put differences aside....hugs all... rock....

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    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 12/24/2013 12:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ruben.....thanks. Same to you, my dear....
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 12/23/2013 11:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Typo: "to" you. : )
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 12/23/2013 11:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ALL the happiness you, Eileen! Merry Christmas!
  1. Date: 12/23/2013 1:49:00 PM
    The history of that night would have been changed forever if the few that raised their weapons to fire on the truce offering had not been stopped. It takes a leader and someone of character who believes in their heart what Chris's poem said to truly inspire hope. Mahatma Gandhi said "The weak can never forgive, forgiveness is an attribute of the strong". That sort of hope will never be achieved through intimidation and chest beating like we have seen here. This blog is still open to a Merry Christmas wish to all from all including the "haters" and it is not we. Signed, your sweet and loving Craig. Just kidding (a little) with the sweet part!

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 12/23/2013 11:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    What? You too talking about "haters" ?? : D My dear friend Craig ... it's one of the first symptoms ... I'm very concerned ... : D ... HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!! : D
  1. Date: 12/23/2013 11:49:00 AM
    Merry Christmas, Craig. Too bad some people just can't let the drama die and have actual piece but to keep dredging everything up for the sake of...drama? I don't know. I'm over it, though. O-V-E-R IT!

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    That Archaic Poet Avatar Just That Archaic Poet Date: 12/24/2013 8:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Merry Christmas, Ruben! Wishing you and your family well :)
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 12/23/2013 1:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    : D! Happy holidays, Archaic!
  1. Date: 12/23/2013 12:25:00 AM
    I've always loved that story and would like to see the movie about it. Merry Christmas, one and all.

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 12/23/2013 1:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    To one of my best Souper friends: happy holidays!
  1. Date: 12/22/2013 9:38:00 PM
    Wonderful story and BLOG. Thank you for the most refreshing beautiful thing I've read in weeks. Merry Christmas :)

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 12/22/2013 10:54:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Happy holidays, Karen!
  1. Date: 12/22/2013 9:08:00 PM
    Merry Christmas Craig

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    Roberts Avatar Francine Roberts Date: 12/22/2013 10:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Merry Christmas to you to Ruben
    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 12/22/2013 10:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Happy holidays, Francine! My best wishes!
  1. Date: 12/22/2013 6:27:00 PM
    Merry Christmas! Cyndi, how did you know my grandkids call me Papa! Our children and grandchildren are truly who we live for! Merry Christmas to everyone including the haters, may they find love and peace.

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 12/22/2013 10:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year, Craig!!
  1. Date: 12/22/2013 6:18:00 PM
    Joyeux Noel, Papa! I promise to not be a brat... lol... in here ;) wishing you and all those around you the merriest of Christmases.

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 12/22/2013 10:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas and all the best in 2014!!
  1. Date: 12/22/2013 2:44:00 PM
    Sweet avatar : )

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 12/22/2013 10:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My sweetest Charmaine: merry Christmas to you and your family.
  1. Date: 12/22/2013 2:43:00 PM
    Hi Richard..Carrie..Becca and Gail..Happy Christmas to you too dear.: )

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  1. Date: 12/22/2013 2:41:00 PM
    Thanks for sharing this beauty Craig.I have no one blocked either and hope I never will have.Happy Christmas to you ,your family,to Tps and Ps poets/friends/ family..To all the people of the world..Wherever you are..Whoever you are..Have a blessed Christmas.May We open the door of our heart and welcome the birth of baby Jesus through each person We meet.Tnks for your great blog

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  1. Date: 12/22/2013 11:37:00 AM
    All any of them and us wanted was peace, it's not the soldier, sailors and airmen, Everone left shaking hands and wishing all well. Merry Christmas to you Craig and all you super soupers. Take care, Richard

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 12/22/2013 11:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Happy holidays, Roy!
    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 12/22/2013 7:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Good reply Carrie, but I would turn your last statement around. "If only those who were in charge would seek these things." Merry Christmas!
    Richards Avatar Carrie Richards Date: 12/22/2013 12:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Richard, this is just one more example...proof of what the average man seeks in life....peace, love and tranquility.... There are so many like examples we hear about If only those who seek these things were in charge. Merry Christmas, Richard!
  1. Date: 12/22/2013 11:33:00 AM
    Carrie's reply reminded me of a time I was on leave an visted my sister in Plymouth UK, be early 70s. One evening we went to the pub in town and a group of US sailors came in which we joined, later on some Russian sailors came in. Rarely any trouble coz of onshore rules, in fact all were so friendly you would never believe they were on opposite sides, great night talking to the ruskies. continued above

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 12/22/2013 11:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Happy holidays, Richard!
  1. Date: 12/22/2013 10:59:00 AM
    I remember hearing this story before, of the truce between those weary soldiers on Christmas eve. Which only proves to me, that deep in the heart of all people, we are one and the same, with the same desire for a peaceful world. That they could do this one gives one the glimmer of light, that such a possibility exists......if only.........! What a wonderful blog, Craig, to remind each of us, in our small way, to make peace and love a priority. Not only at Christmas, but every day of our lives. Thank you so much for sharing...Love and many happy wishes to you and to all Soupers, whoever and wherever you are. Love Carrie

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 12/22/2013 11:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Merry Christmas, Carrie! ALL-ALL-ALL the best to you and your family.

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