Last Spring in Baghdad, USA occupying forces built a new “Berlin” wall in Sadr City. Just like the infamous Berlin Wall before it, the Sadr City Wall is used to “protect” the troops, it serves as a “checkpoint” and it slows the flow of people in and out of the area. Just like the Berlin Wall before it, the Sadr City Wall is cracked and weeping people.
A decade or so ago I was publishing and am still publishing — GO INSIDE Magazine and one of my regular writers — we’ll call him “Alvin” — was incredibly dynamic and productive. He wrote well. He wrote five stories a week. He was awake and online at 4:00am and 8:00am and throughout the rest of the day. He’d call and leave long and intricate Voice Mail messages throughout the day.