It is Christmas Day 25 December 2014 and as usual the world is full of pain. The world has always been full of pain and it will always be full of pain. Any fool knows this.
And the Old Soldier is no fool.
Neither am I a religious man. But I am a man of hope, because without hope we drown in a sea of despair. Hope gives us the strength to carry on.
And as a man of hope I wish all of you of all faiths or of no faith a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette