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  1. Dear Erin,
    Searching the Internet for information about the exquisite and mysterious Djedi, of which I know only the name, I found your essay on Perfume and the Memory of War. What a find! What a delight to read it.
    I, too, loved the great Guerlains and Carons as a young woman, wore Chanel #5, and Cuir de Russie until it disappeared from American markets, and Nuit de Noel. Like you, I have never found anything to equal the sublety, the poetry, the originality of those great fragrances.
    So I wonder if you ever wore, or became acquainted with, Guerlain’s Mitsouko (1926, if I’m not mistaken). The name is that of the Japanese heroine of a French novel about the Russian-Japanese War, “La Bataille” by Claude Farrere. Mitsouko is the wife of a Japanese admiral, who has a love affair with an American officer in Japan. He likes her to sing for him, and in one memorable scene, she sings one of Debussy’s “Chansons de Bilitis.” The connection between the perfume and these songs intrigued me because I have sung them myself.
    Mitsouko is still available in the US, though not in quantity. I believe Nordstrom in Seattle carries it as a “drawer fragrance,” meaning that you must ask the saleslady to open the drawer under the display and find it for you.
    I bought my first bottle when I was about 20. The magnificent lady in her 50s who sold perfume at the Bon Marche refused to let me have it. She said I was too young to wear it. I went right over to Frederick and Nelson, and bought it there. Sad to say, it no longer agrees with me.
    The Guerlain that I still can and do wear is Jicky. One I wish I could wear (and which is now very hard to find) is Apres L’Onde. It inspired me to write a little fragment of a poem—

    “A Seduction (French)”
    Spring rain fell softly on the white-pillared house
    And the upper room looked into a soundless mist.
    Under the pale-green canopy she smiled deeply;
    She, dressed all in leaf-bud green,
    And her pale hair, outspread
    Uttered a lavender scent.
    “Come then, sweet,” she said,
    Trembling with desire and dread.
    “Do you remember Montserrat?”
    And her French syllables released
    the memory of other springs, deceased,
    into the wet-violet air.

    The years of beautiful perfume for me were the years in which I was an undergraduate, and then a graduate student in philosophy at Seattle University and then the University of Washington. One of my closest friends in the phil dept at UW later left that department for Russian literature, where she intended to get her PhD with a dissertation on A. Blok. During one of her visits to the then Soviet Union, she met and secretly married a Soviet citizen. A long story in itself. She now lives in Montana, where she was born, and the marriage is long over, but there are two daughters with Russian names (and another named for a stateside aunt).
    I am now 65, still teach philosophy and give private voice lessons . . . and live in a world in which so many people say they are allergic to perfume that I hardly dare to wear it.
    Sydney Ruth Keegan
    Port Hadlock, WA

  2. Hello, I read your guest editorial in the Sunday Times/PI, and I found it very interesting. There are certainly some very positive and compelling reasons to take a serious look at the Medicare Advantage part of the Medicare program. I am not clear on how this MA plan would work with Washington State’s rather large number of legislative mandates. Mandates drive up the cost of the coverage and run counter to the Advantage benefit of plans with wide variety of options avaliable to the consumer. I believe that individual’s responssible for their premium, plan selection and medical provider ultimately make better more informed decisions at less cost than any other system out there.
    I look forward to your reply.

  3. Dear Erin,

    I am a wannabe sci-fi writer, and am pursuing a concept that includes women in the military, specifically tanks. Since it’s a topic about which I was utterly ignorant, I ordered a small number of used books on the topic from Amazon. I’m nearly finished with “Women in the Line of Fire” and find it to be an incredible treatise on the subject. I need not look farther for information. Your book is incredibly detailed, thoughtfully presented, and thought provoking to anyone who knows how to read. I’ve already used the information to argue the points you present with my friends and family.

    I appreciate the wonderful analysis you provide and will steer those who are interested to read it as well.

    The one issue I find with people I’ve spoken with that boggles my mind the most is the idea that women in general simply do not have the right to be in whatever position/job they desire in the military. The right to try at least. People don’t say this of course, rather they communicate it through their unconscious dismissal of the issue with some other justification.

    As though, “Can a woman drag my body out of the line of fire?” is a reason to deny women what ought to be constitutional and citizen rights enjoyed by all men.

    I love your very well put approach to logically explaining the utter silliness behind these policies.

    I’ll be pursuing your other books soon, once I’ve finished this one.

    What year do you think the remainder of the military will officially end it’s policies of limiting women’s involvement?

    (I had thought 2040, but now? I doubt I can write the book before it takes place.)

    Thanks again,


  4. Terry:

    Glad you liked Women in the Line of Fire. Now get all your family and friends to buy it new—that’s the only way to keep good work in production. And review it well on Amazon. This stuff matters.

    Two things to consider if you’re writing about armor. Yes, there are big guys in armor. But typically, you want short, stocky people in tanks, and the Soviets and Russians specifically consider that as a selection criteria. And guys lift in order to be able to manage the work and reduce their chances of injury.

    Issue two is that the next generation of tanks is not going to be a beefed up Abrams or Merkava or T-80. Look at concepts for what is called a distributed tank, look at reactive armor, look at what the Russians are doing with anti-armor weapons. Look at wheeled armor.

    I think that we are going to see the end of the gay ban within the Obama administration, and I think operational pressure is going to continue increase women’s informal participation. Whether the military, the Army and the Marine Corps especially, have the moral courage to do the right thing by their female troops, I don’t know. Because this is very much a matter of moral and civic courage.

    People have a lot at stake emotionally in the concept of Man the Just Warrior and Woman as Beautiful Soul: men and women alike. That by any objective standard it is better to be armed than not does not seem to enter into this equation. but, again, operational pressure and increasing threats point to only one direction.

    You can almost feel the violence welling up in the world…

    Best regards,
    Erin Solaro

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