Some historians can forget that what they are writing about or reading about or researching is the story of real lives--real people. While I get a daily dose of reminder because of the nature of my job, I got a reality check just after Christmas.
My step brother is in Iraq right now. He was wounded when his humvee hit an IED.
All I have to say is that it's good for us to all remember the human side of what we study. Let us never forget these persons had families, friends and other loved ones.