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Former US soldier helps traumatized veterans - Deutsche Welle

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Eugene, Oregon. "I had to pay off my student-loans." After a short training session at Fort Jackson in South Carolina, she was sent to Germany, first to Kitzingen and then to Würzburg. "Helping others always gave me a lot. So it made sense that I was assigned to help a military chaplain in his daily work." She planned trips and helped prepare prayer services. Kym liked it. Organizing memorial services On the third day of her deployment Kym meets Paul Timothy Sanchez. They get to know each other and eventually become a couple. He is the love of her life. Both are making their way up the career ladder. In her fifth year, Kym is put in charge of organizing memorial services for fallen soldiers. It is actually a job for two, but she does it alone: Kym is responsible for 29 battalions and organizes 187 memorial services in Germany. When a soldier stationed in Germany is killed, she speaks with the family, friends and comrades. Although rules are strict, she tries to make the memorial services as personal as possible. "I wanted to properly honor the fallen. Sometimes the routine of the military is pretty heartless." Sanchez joined the military to help pay off student loans She keeps a diary about each one. There are nights when she can't sleep because the dead speak to her, accusing her of not doing enough for their families and their children. Kym realizes that it is not good that her life is only filled with death. Yet no one wants to hear about it. "In the military you learn to keep your head down and keep going. Those that show emotions are weak. And those who confess to having fears or panic attacks are labelled losers." Kym and Paul decide to marry. She leaves the military, heads back to Fort Drum in New York, and takes a management job at the cosmetics company Estee Lauder. She says she can still feel the farewell hug that Paul gave her on the day after Thanksgiving back in 2006. He had to head back to Iraq. 45 days later her doorbell rang. "I knew Paul was dead." They had been married for 14 months. Loss of control Kym had a total breakdown. Paul was always able to help her keep the demons of her experiences in check. Now she loses control. "You can't breathe and you are gripped by a fear of death and loneliness. And at the same time you are ashamed because you can't get a better handle on things."   Sanchez: I need to have something beautiful on me Her arms and body are covered with tattoos of flowers, peacocks and brightly colored butterflies. "I need to have something beautiful on me. Something that makes me happy when I look at it. And it works," she says, as she brushes aside her blonde dreadlocks with red-colored ends. She laughs, but the laughter doesn't fill her eyes. It took almost six years before Kym, with the help of medication, was able to more or less function once again. "I never would have made it without the love of my mother and my family. You don't get anything from the government." Nor from the military, she says. "They use us for their game as long as we function. And when we are broken, we are on our own." It is difficult for traumatized persons to have intimacy, and relationships. In fact, even to live closely with others. There are a lot of days when Kym simply cannot go on past noon. Then the shadows of her past take control and she becomes exhausted. She has to lie down, and often just stays in bed until the next morning comes. "Then I get up, because I know that I am needed. And that my animals will be happy to see me. That is the...http://www.dw.com/en/former-us-soldier-helps-traumatized-veterans/a-36018085

Antique watering can made in Aesthetic style in 19th century

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Kent County, England, in 1857. It became the Kent Police in 2002. Kent Constabulary buttons are fairly common and sell online for about $1 to $5. Q: I have eight plates marked “Thomas, Bavaria.” They are about 13 inches in diameter. I have no clue what I have. Can you help me? A: Your large plates are service plates, which are used during the first course of a formal dinner under a smaller salad plate, appetizer or soup bowl. They were made by Porcelain Factory Thomas & Co., a factory started by Fritz Thomas in Marktredwitz, Bavaria, Germany, in 1903. The company became a subsidiary of Philip Rosenthal & Co. of Selb, Bavaria, in 1908. Most production moved to Speichersdorf in 1960. Thomas porcelain still is being made. You have part of a set of 12 service plates. A full set sells for $100 to $300. Just eight are worth $100. Tip: The more elaborate the interior fittings for a desk, the more valuable the piece. On the block Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States. Prices vary in different locations because of local economic conditions. Depression glass, cherry blossom, cake plate, pink, footed, Jeannette Glass Co., circa 1930, 10½ inches, $30. Doll, Madame Alexander, Sonja Henie, black dress, gold tirm on bottom and neck, ice skates, blonde hair, 1939, $120. Music box, jewelry, black forest, oak, ram, rocky ground, flowers, leaves, circa 1920, 13 by 7½ inches, $196. Copper cauldron, iron bail handle, rounded bottom, dovetailed, 1800s, 17 by 25 inches, $258. Lap desk, pine, mixed woods, reticulated brass mounts, hinged lids, ink wells, 1800s, 4 by 13 by 10 inches, $319. Fischer figurine, deer, with fawn, seated, green fishnet, white, gilt highlights, signed, 3½ by 5 inches, $393. Microscope, R & J Beck, brass, adjustable, inscribed London Hospital, Marie Celeste, circa 1900, 12 by 6 inches, $516. Vase, porcelain, blue, white, flowers, bands, birds, narrow neck, Chinese, 1¾ by 7 inches, $2,856. Sculpture, pottery, slab, black, gray, white drip, Jun Kaneko, 29 by 22 inches, $4,000. Vase, porcelain, puppy, seated, white, wavy fur, Jeff Koons, 17½ inches, $10,625. !-- div class="entry-...https://www.heraldnet.com/life/antique-watering-can-made-in-aesthetic-style-in-19th-century/

Flower vases, urns, fountains prove popular with collectors

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Q. Can you give me any information about a devil creamer? It’s red-orange and is shaped like a devil on his knees. The cream pours out of his mouth. The bottom is marked “Royal Bayreuth, Bavaria,” with a lion holding a shield with the letter “T” on it. The date 1794 is below the shield. A. Royal Bayreuth is known for its creamers, pitchers, cracker jars, bowls, salt and pepper shakers, and other items made in the shapes of fruit, tomatoes, lobsters, shells, flowers, animals, birds, clowns and more. The red devil is part of a group of pieces known as “Devil & Cards,” a group that was shaped like a devil, playing cards or both. The red devil alone was made as a 31/2-inch creamer, a 41/2-inch milk pitcher and two different ashtrays. A black devil also was made. The mark on your creamer, in blue, green or black, was used after 1900. The date on the mark is the year Royal Bayreuth was founded in Tettau, Bavaria. The company still is in business, now making dinnerware. There is a club for collectors, the Royal Bayreuth Collectors Club (RoyalBayreuth.org), which has an annual convention. A creamer like yours sold for $360 last year. <!-- OAS_AD('Middle'); //--> Q. I bought this cuff bracelet years ago at a yard sale. It’s about 2 inches wide and I don’t know what metal it is, but it has an antiqued finish. The inside has a mark for Miriam Haskell, but it doesn’t look like her typical costume jewelry. Can you help and maybe give me a value? A. The finish on your bracelet is called Russian gold. Other designers of vintage costume jewelry used similar finishes, but Miriam Haskell’s company used a secret signature Russian gold plating recipe developed just for them that resulted in patinas ranging from dull to bright. It was a type of gold plating on brass, and the plating solution is said to have 24-karat gold among the secret ingredients. Pieces were hand-dipped and then sealed. Many were further embellished with glass beads, faux seed pearls and other decoration. Haskell’s Russian gold also is found on many their filigree pieces. Asking prices for Miriam Haskell hinged bracelets like yours range from $100 to $250, but we’ve found selling prices to be less than $100. Embellished examples are worth more. Q. I have my great-grandfather’s accordion, a Pre-1900 Hohner two-row button diatonic. It was appraised and I was told it would fetch four figures. I’d love to keep it, but no one in my family wants it. It’s normal fifth scalar organization, 20 plus treble buttons and 12 bass buttons in very good condition. Where should I start? A. You probably will get the highest price by selling the accordion at an auction of other antique musical instruments. Expect to pay the auction gallery a commission, a percentage of the hammer price. Fees a...http://www.vindy.com/news/2018/jun/24/flower-vases-urns-fountains-prove-popula/

What's in a Home? - CityLab

Friday, April 13, 2018

He was astonished by Peru’s diversity, both in terms of geography and inhabitants, as he traveled around the country.Thomas Dworzak travelled around the world—Bavaria, Georgia, Iran—to capture the places he had called home: places that he says still burn within him. Of Tblisi, Georgia, in particular, Dworzak wrote in the forward to his photo set, “I force myself away for longer periods but am sure to always come back. And still, I will always remain a foreigner…I think I will never gain the same level of understanding, the language, the dialect, the humor, than whenever I return to visit my father in that place I left so desperately 30 years ago.” Dworzak photographed his father in the Bavarian village from which he was deported as a child; his wife in Tehran; his friends in Tblisi. While Dworzak also included images of location and scenery, it is clear that, for him, home is haunted by the people who inhabit it.It is impossible for “home” to be interpreted exactly the same way by different people, influenced as we are by entirely different things: the way light strikes the wall of our favorite diner, the curve of our grandmother’s cheek, the way it feels to walk the same street for years. But the book proves that there are many ways to think about a home, and even more ways to visualize it.Home is available for purchase at the Magnum shop.

Keukenhof Gardens: Discover a wealth of flowers - United States Army

Friday, April 13, 2018

Dutch growers and a wealth of flowers, sorted by color. The Keukenhof, translated to Kitchen Garden, owes its name to Countess Jacoba van Beieren (Jaqueline of Bavaria), who had a castle at this location in the 15th century. She stayed there very often, because the area provided good hunting grounds. Herbs and vegetables were grown in the yard for her kitchen and these have given way to more colorful plants and flowers. Over six million flower bulbs provide beautiful scenic spots throughout the park. Large flower palaces are filled with oceans of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and smaller varieties of their species as well as orchids, roses, carnations, irises, lilies and many more flowers. As the season progresses, the emphasis shifts to different groups of flowers. It is a display of colors and an overwhelming perfume.Endless varieties of tulips can be seen most of the time, but the best time to view them is mid-April. Other flowers bloom again at a different time. However, the park is always a colorful sight. The flower shops in the park can actually mail flower bulbs to the U.S. for customers.The park is open only in the spring time. This year, you can visit from March 22 to May 23. The Keukenhof is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Ticket office closes at 6 p.m. Entry is €16 for adults and €8 for children age 4 to 11. Keukenhof is easy to reach via the A4 (exit Nieuw-Vennep) and the A44 (exit 3 Lisse). Follow the Keukenhof s...