Today, Trapped in the Crossfire is still a mere manuscript. Outside my Alabama home, rain and fog fill the atmosphere, softening sharp edges of brick houses and bare branches into a watercolor scene. I've always been inspired to retreat on rainy days, to the comfort of my home. Today, I will retreat again... but into the past, look into the faces and lives of people who lived in a difficult time, when a war ensued, and transportation forty miles distant and across a river to apply for Homestead land meant danger, hardship and took time. There is much to be learned by peeking into the past, and pondering the "rock from whence we were hewn", and giving honor to forefathers. A fine task for a writer on a rainy day.