The South Vietnamese military – the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces (RVNAF) – has always figured in the voluminous historical scholarship about the Vietnam War. For a long time and for a host of reasons, however, there was little depth on the topic.
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Due to the Mayo Clinic, it’s not a surprise to find many physicians, nurses, and health professionals among 140 people in my high school class. But of course they’ve engaged in other lines of work too, including law, IT, engineering, education, social work, the military, and small business. Belonging to the last category is Teresa Thein Meschini, who has been raising four kids while running a wine business with her husband.
Three or four years after college, I realized a desire to live my life as if to create a work of art. The lofty desire came partially from reading some of Auden’s early poetry. I hadn’t read anything by him, except for “The Shield of Achilles” assigned by Rosamond Spring in a Great Books college class. Prompted by a scene in the movie “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” wherein a minor character reads out loud “Funeral Blues,” I sought out some of Auden’s voluminous poetry and prose. I don’t think I understood half of it, but I was definitely taken by the impressive range of his mind and of course his poetic lyricism.