BenTha'er-Horizons

February 2022

A Return to War in Ukraine

In earlier times of this blog, such as in 2014, I wrote about the history of Eastern Europe and a war by Russia on Ukraine. This history of war goes back decades, centuries even. I mostly discussed the history of the 1930's and 40's brought about by Stalin's policies and control over the Ukraine being called the Holodomor.

There has been more recent interactions and history between the countries, in particular as the Soviet Union broke apart and Ukraine became a separate country with some aspect of democracy at the edge of Russia. Putin, the leader of Russia, sees now an opportunity to bring Ukraine back under their control and build further the prior influence of Russia over its vassal countries like as the Soviet Union.

This is a sad and alarming situation. The Ukrainian people are good people and are not looking for war. People will fight though and are dying. Some are fleeing the country. Some articles found in Tablet Magazine give a sense of what is happening: Lee Smith is a very good writer and has explained how he sees this war came about. Bernard Henri-Levy also writes about Putin and this unbelievable situation. So much feels like a return to the 1930's.

For more knowledge and good literature, I recommend these authors and books:

Robert Conquest - Harvest of Sorrow

Timothy Snyder - Bloodlands, Europe between Hitler and Stalin

Anne Applebaum - Red Harvest, Stalin's War on Ukraine
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Older Family Memories

Bob and I are hoping while we are visiting South Dakota in March that the weather will be good enough that we can take a day trip directly south to NE Nebraska to see where my grandparents and mother moved from in 1932. My great-grandfather had moved to the area between Monowi and Verdel NE to homestead with his children. My grandmother was born there and the youngest of 11 children. When she married my grandfather, they lived on 100 acres just south of Lynch, NE along Louse Creek, south of the Niobrara River. My mother was born in the area and I grew up hearing stories of life there. My great-grandparents and some of their children are buried in the Alford Cemetery just south of Monowi and north of the Niobrara River.

In much homework, I did come across this photo of Gram's that is of a house and she wrote "Home" on it. Which of her homes there, as a Masden girl, or a Lansberry wife I cannot tell.
Gramma-Vada-home-February-9-2022
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Cougar Sighting on Camera

We have two trail cameras on our 40 acre property. We will look at the camera cards periodically. They do take photos and videos. Look at who we caught on photo near one of our property lines on January 23rd. Here, kitty kitty.
cougar-sighting-February-2022
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Lebanon's New Tea Room

During the pandemic, many restaurants had to do takeout for their food. A number could not survive yet a number of new places have sprouted up. Most are quite good. My good friend, Laurie Hinson, and I ventured out to have lunch at a new place, Bloom Boutique and Tea Room. Many bulk teas to pick from to have a "proper" tea and a sandwich and scrumptious butternut squash soup. I plan to go back and do this again. Ah, some parts of life returning to normal.
Lebanon-tearoom-February-2022
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Brilliant Start Again

After a very long hiatus and blog publishing issues on top of a pandemic and busywork, I have re-built this blog with re-linking articles where I could and adding my photo resources into the blog software. I enjoy publishing interesting photos of our lives and covering articles and topics. I have learned a lot along the way and more is still to be done. Enjoy a recent spectacular sunrise. Brilliant!!
Brilliant-sunrise-February-2022
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