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 Posted: Thu May 31st, 2007 01:46 am
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http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/4814705.html



 Posted: Fri Jun 1st, 2007 05:13 am
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This is truly astounding to me.  :shock: 

I've heard it said that Lincoln was "physically consumed" by the Presidency.  And, I think that one needs only of see the photos from Matthew Brady's gallery, in chronological order,  to follow that progression. 

Unfortunately, I have many of my favorite references packed up right now, so I can't consult them and back up my train of thought here.  But, hadn't Lincoln just lost his most beloved young son, Willy, to one of the frequently terminal fevers of the time?  And, had to sit by helplessly while Willy died over a period of days or weeks?

I remember having to learn a scale of "personal stresses" way back in the eighties, which predicted a person's chances of of becoming seriously ill, having a major accident, or succumbing to full-blown drug/alcohal dependency.

These things included:  Loss of a child; job stress; unhappy marriage, and a few other things that would be descriptive of Lincoln's life at the time.  I'm exaggerating now, don't remember the scale and all, but it seems to me, by that scale, he should have been at a negative ten.  Dead, just not knowing it. :?

Nearly unbelievable to think, that under all those combined circumstances, he could write and orate one of the most noted addresses of all time....

 



 Posted: Fri Jun 1st, 2007 05:40 am
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http://www.huntingtonhospital.com/workfiles/lifeeventstressscale.pdf 

 

There ya go Joanie the list is here.  I remember learning this in some classes I took back in the 80's too. 

Susan



 Posted: Fri Jun 1st, 2007 08:13 am
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Susan,

You Rock!!!!

I am too tired to look at it seriously now, but this is what I remembered - I am so grateful to you for re-acquainting me with it.

Now - for a Very Bad Chuckle.  Very Bad.  Bad Joanie! 

However, we will see who is paying attention here.

This is awful, because, as I understand it it was meant in sincerity:

Lincoln lost his son, Willie, to disease.

WT Sherman lost his son, Willie, to disease.

And, a  General whom I can't remember, lost his son, Willie, to battle..

One of them, in a sympathy statement, said,  "We have all lost our Willies".

Dear Lord, for something so awful and real to turn into something that always makes me laugh - how awful.

BTW,  The author - I might mangle his name here - E. L. Doctornow -  used this in his novel, "The March"...

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One of them, in a sympathy statement, said,  "We have all lost our Willies".

Dear Lord, for something so awful and real to turn into something that always makes me laugh - how awful.

could of been the time of the morning that you put it all together that made you laugh

BUt i must be twisted cause i laughed too



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