On my trip to Europe, I spent time at the In Flanders Field Museum where I saw a quote by Chicago Nurse, Mary Borden. She spoke of treating the men, or what was left of the men, during World War I. Her quote moved me so I investigated her when I returned home. Mary was a Chicago heiress who set up her own field hospital. She wrote a book called The Forbidden Zone which was published several years after the end of World War I.
Her book is filled with short stories with immense description of life during the war as a nurse. Stories of the wounded, the dying, and the dead. Such description, I felt I had a great deal to learn from the way she wrote. It is similar to the way I write, only I felt she had greater metaphors and descriptions. So much to learn from her writing.
If you are interested in reading about the experiences of a nurse in World War I, pick up a copy of her book. It is a short read and gives you a glimpse into the hell that was the war.
© 2015 Jennifer Holik