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Green is where the Heart Is for May 21, 2014

“We cherish too, the Poppy red That grows on fields where valor led, It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.” ~Moina Michael, “In Flanders Fields”

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

We are not separated from the history of the earth that is beneath our feet and our island holds the pain of the Battle of Fort Fisher and the men that lost their lives defending their post and the men that lost their lives overcoming them.
The first year I lived on this island, my husband and I attended the Battle of Fort Fisher re-enactment in January.  History consumed me. 
The smell of the cannons firing, the sound of the by-gone music, the sight of the men and women in 1860’s garb all infiltrated my senses. 
As I stood watching I was overcome by a sixth sense of a young man who had died on that date one hundred and forty years before.
It was very clear to me that Randy and I were drawn to the Fort Fisher area for a reason, maybe more than one. What do I know about a wounded soldier on the losing side? 
I know he signed up without experience.  He was young and it sounded like a good thing to do at the time.  No one thought it would be this hard. 
No one thought it would be this long.  No one thought it would change the rest of his life, but it did.  He joined up because it was what they all believed was the right thing to do. Being part of the community – that is what you do – one for all and all for one.  It wasn’t about the cause but in joining the cause he got the best suit of clothes he ever had in his life.  The hats were especially cool, like the French and Belgium styles.  “Oh I wish I were in the land of cotton, old times there are not forgotten, look away, look away, look away Dixieland.  I wish I were in Dixie, Hoorah, Hooray.   In Dixieland I’ll take my stand to live and die in Dixie, Hoorah, Hooray to live and die in Dixie.”  
Death was not as severe as life without community.  I’ll live for you.  I’ll die for you.  And die he did. I discovered that my experience that day encouraged me to go to place within myself….a part of myself which is the archetype of the wounded soldier.
Let us take time this Memorial Day to remember all the sacrifices of America’s fallen heroes. The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.”  We are not separate from the energy of our island past, present or future.  Join me in remembering the sacrifice that preceded your arrival to this place.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.