Virtual Tour of Anne Frank House: http://news.aol.com/article/youtube-shows-video-of-anne-frank/700123?icid=main|main|dl1|link4|http%3A%2F%2Fnews.aol.com%2Farticle%2Fyoutube-shows-video-of-anne-frank%2F700123
AND: http://news.aol.com/article/youtube-shows-video-of-anne-frank/700123?icid=main|main|dl1|link4|http%3A%2F%2Fnews.aol.com%2Farticle%2Fyoutube-shows-video-of-anne-frank%2F700123 (see in entirety below)
This story about the Anne Frank footage popped up on my "AOL Welcome" page when I logged in this morning. After I read the article and looked the the rest of the YouTube videos linked to it, especially the haunting "virtual tour" of their home (hideout), I started to read the comments and then I started to get truly frightened:
A recent road trip to impenetrable forests of northern New Hampshire and high peaks of Adirondacks. The Canadian plates announced our visitor status and evoked earnest, heartfelt witnessing from many Americans: they do not want the country to be in Iraq. If they ever did, they don't now. Their pain was keen, anger plain and substantial as the granite rock cuts. At least three times someone walked up to me and just delivered their piece without introduction or preamble.
In Montreal, before crossing the border, an 81 year old dinner companion said, tell me, these people are smart. Why do they put up with this war? Why is there no protest?
If I revealed that I'm an American who left during Vietnam, choking with rage, grieving for too many boys, they'd clam up.
I thought of my father, who said in the mid 70's. "When the mothers who lost their sons are too old to make noise, they'll do it all over again."
Almost a year ago, I was blessed to spend some time at Jimmie Dale and Janet Gilmore’s home outside Austin, TX. (Jimmie leads phenomenal songwriting workshops at Esalen, Omega & The Crossings. Albert and I have both participated in the past). The Gilmore's friend (and Jimmie’s fellow ‘Flatlander’) Butch Hancock and his family were there for the weekend as well. Butch was putting together an album and we sat around the living room while Butch played some of the songs to us. It was magical and the anti-war lyrics moved me deeply. I just got the CD in the mail yesterday and I'm sharing my favorite song from Butch’s War and Peace, which is available for purchase in stores/internet sites, etc.
Jimmie Dale Gilmore: www.jimmiegilmore.com
The Flatlanders: http://jimmiegilmore.com/TFL
Butch Hancock: No official website – link to album review: