The Hitman Style
For the last review this week I am looking at a graphic novel. Refresh Refresh is by far the darkest and saddest of these stories. Like Operation Oleander,Refresh Refresh is set in recent history. Josh’s father and Cody’s father are Marine Reservists who are deployed to Iraq. They live in a small, unnamed Oregon town where a lot of the men have gone to war. For many of the families the men’s absence is a financial as well as practical burden. Cody’s power is cut off even though his mother has a job and his father is being paid by the military. His mother says that they are in financial trouble from losing his father’s overtime pay, although she works extra hours at the factory, so she is hardly ever home for him and his small brother.
The title, Refresh Refresh, comes from the action of refreshing the computer browser…
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“Daddy does not know what it is like to have to be a father to your mother. “
It is always an adjustment when a parent is deployed, but what happens when a family is held together by one parent and that parent leaves? In Joseph by Shelia P. Moses, Joseph’s father is deployed to Iraq and his mother, a drug addict, cannot cope. In fact Joseph, a boy mature beyond his years, ends up looking after her. When they are evicted he gets a chance to go to a better school although he is terrified that his new friends will learn that he and his mother are living in a homeless shelter. Joseph is torn; he is a good student who wants to do well in school and wants to take up tennis again, but he also wants to protect his mother and is suspended for three days for fighting with…
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The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.
Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
By Albert Einstein