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The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i i i Entertainment August 28, 1992 i i On the Record By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS Columnist FLESH AND BLOOD never plan to come out of your reasons not you are afraid too/But can't I even talk to you For years I've been following your case/It's the only time I seeyour face/And we've learned to live with- out you/Who you don't know is who you're afraid of Andwe're afraid of you too/But will we ever talk to you again Sharing feelings leads to healing part of you/And I miss you/A song for you Daring to share the truth of what we feel is the first step onto the path of healing, Only You Written by Wilson Phillips I want to speak personally about the pro- and Glen Ballard cess of healing. I want every teen or person Sung by Wilson Phillips who reads this column to know that there is Copyright (c) 199i by SBK Records hope for recovery from emotional injury. I have found no magic wand that takes Readers sometimes write and tell me what is away all the hurt causedby abuse and aban- call you up/And going on in their lives. Receiving these letters is a donment. Yet, we can heal in small ways every part of mefrhat privilege and a trust, While I am very limited in wants to shut you out/And never see how I an help others, I try to use this column as daY'Th your face aglow can we be like ene- a means to pass on what othorffhave learned.  begin roles/When we,re only flesh and Recently, I was very moved by a letter from a guide blood/What does it take to make your reader in Oklahoma. She writes: "I request that safe w .... heart bleed/Daddy aren't we enough/You you review Wilson Phillips' new song 'Flesh and who 111 hsten, we can face the can get thughhere is nothing stop- Blood.' I cried when I heard this song because it has happened in our childhood, Like the song describes, pain has a ten- ping you from getting to us/Nothing can reminded me so much of my dad at, d v that I and dency to keep us isolated in our hurt and take away the fact/That we're only flesh my sisters lost. and blood "We could still have something if only he shame. However, Jesus brought people together, would see that all we ever wanted was his love, in healing ways He asks us to take a new some of his time; and to know that he didn't chance on receiving others' love and under- (REPEAT REFRAIN) Oh, I wanna make you laugh/I wanna chance to know you bettera wanna hear you sing beside me now/(Flesh and Blood)/I wanna make you laugh/I'm leave us because we were bad, but because of his alcoholism." We can feel this reader's pain. Like the reader's letter,, "Flesh and Blood" states clearly how a parent s addiction and abandonment leave wounds in children that can last a lifetime. Yet, it is through the courage of people like the reader and Carnie and Wendy Wilson that healing begins. With love rather than judgement toward their fathers, they speak of their pain. standing. For the reader who wrote as for many of us, "Flesh and Blood" is a difficult son It mir- ' ' g" 1 rors the pain within us. For all of us who fee this hurt, may our God lead us in understand- ing how to heal our lives, Your comments are always welcome. Please address: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, Rockport, IN 47635. Author offers personal apprt00itch on life in China By CHARLES DESNOYERS Catholic News Service China in Our Time: The epic sage of the People's Re- public from the communist victory to Tiananmen Square and beyond, by Ross TerrilL Simon & Schuster (New York, 1991). 368 pp., $25.00. "In China, telling the truth means making trouble." So says Lin Mu, an idealistic young Chinese official who joined the nascent democracy movement and was forced to flee the country in the wake of the events of June 4, 1989. For even the casual student of recent Chinese history this observation is pregnant with understatement. It is the modern version of the ancient Chinese wisdom that "the nail that sticks up is the first to be beaten down." For he past quarter-cen- tury Ross Terrill has been making his own brand of trouble, and though the truths he has told about the Com- munist regime have changed a great deal over time he hasn't slackened in his desire to ferret them out, Lionized and castigated as "the ulti- mate China watcher," his books --"800 Million: Tile Real China," "The White- Boned Demon: A Biography of Madame MaD Zedong," and "MAD," his biography of the late" chairman -- haw , at their best provided a wonder- fully accessible entre into the byzantine arena of Chinese politics. His latest offering, "China ill Our Time," continues this tradition and in many ways fnnctions as a synthesis of his previous efforts. Within his trademark technique of mix- ing history, anecdote and bi- ography the reader is taken through the cumulative disas- ters of Maoist volunteerism the Anti-Rightist cam- paign, the Great Leap For- ward and its accompanying famine, and the epic national rending of the Cultural Revo- lution  followed by Deng Xiaoping's attempts at mod- ernization without "spiritual pollution" or "bourgeois lib- eralism," and culminating in the current national mood of malaise. (I write this having just returned from a China where speculation was run- ning high abont the future of COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICE Auto! Home! Fire & Life! Your Personal Service Agent James L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. 1925 W. Franklin Street i i i i ,=l "Funeral PrePlanning Since1940" ii: Miller & Miller ' 424-9274 m 425-3187 i Li Peng in the wake of the death of his patron, Madame Zhou Enlai). More than anything else, however, this is a book about Ross Terrill. Bv and large, we see Chinese ilistory of tile past three decades through the lens of his personal inter- actions with the principals. He works behind the scenes in advance of the Australian and American overtures resulting in the Shanghai Communique and "ping-pong diplomacy" of 1971. He is providentially on the scene for the deaths of MaD and Zhou, the elevation of Deng, the trial of Jiang Quing and the Gang of Four, and of course, the events of May and June 1989. Here we see him advising Chinese leaders; there we see him coaching the Americans. He uses the refusal of a Chinese shop Peoples Trust Company SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. Box 191 LINTON, INDIANA 47441 ii i i iii1|1 i i lib i i ii  D'O-W'N'T.O'W'N 301 MAIN ST. VINCENNES, IN 47591 = NEEDED Lady for home adult health care. Call 925- 7400 or 867-2894. clerk to sell him a copy of' his own book without authoriza- tion as a vehicle for a discus- sion on the absurdities of Chinese censorship. This personal approach has much to commend it and his points about Chinese life are often made with a wit and in- sight that academic historians could hardly hope to match. Yet it also results in a flatten- ing of historical context, and a tendency to overemphasize the role of personality in his- tory. Nonetheless, I found myself far more often chuck- ling in agreement with his ob- servations. His story of a meal -- strictly sequestered from his Chinese friends -- at the Pavillion of Listening to'Ori- oles Restaurant at Beijing's Summer Palace exactly mir- rored my own experience there barely two weeks before I write this review. It also called to mind a particularly telling quote from Terrill's friend Shen Chunyi: ,'We (Clfinese) are like birds in a cage. We (:an fly, but there are limits on all sides. It's not the same as being trussed tip and unable to fly. Nor is it like being outside the cage." - " " Desnoyers teaches Chinese history and is director of Asian studies at La Salle Uni- versity in Philadelphia. He returned July 24 from a visit to China. At your bookstore or order prepaid from Simon & SchuS" ter, Total Warehouse Ser- vices, Radcliff St., Bristol, PA 19007. Add $2 for shipping and handling. FAMILY STYLE Chicken Dinner St. Bernard's Church 6 MILES EAST OF FT. BRANCH ON HIGHWAY 168 Sunday, Sept. 13th Serving from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. COME AND JOIN IN THE FUN ADULTS: $5.00 CHILDREN: $2.50 Raffle Tickets Bingo Country Store Craft Stand Ice Cream Games Flea Market Quilt Give-Away I II