I loved making these origami paper cranes when I was a child. I was taught by Japanese friend of the family when we were stationed in Japan. It's a small, calming, creative action, taking a piece of paper and transforming it into something else.
The death toll for U.S. soldiers for the month of May = 124. The thrid worst month since March 2003 invasion; exceptions of April 2004 with 135 dead and November 2004 with 137 dead.
This is also the first time there have been back to back monthly death tolls above 100, and this has easily been the most deadly six month period of the war. The chart shows the increasing toll on our troops. (hat tip to Daniel K's blog entry at On the Road to 2008)
'And Should We Die' is a historical novel, written by Arthur Ruger, with a compassionate look at a little known tragedy in American pioneer history; the Willie-Martin handcart trek (the last of the handcart pilgrimages) with incredulous hardships that took so many lives. A novel about faith and courage in the Old American West.