On August 15th, 1939 an English passenger plane from British Airways Ltd. Crashed in Danish waters between the towns of Nykobing/Falster and Vordingborg. There were five casualties reported and one survivor. Just two weeks before Hitler invaded Poland with the world at the brink of war the manner in which this incident was investigated left much open to doubt. The jurisdiction battle between the two towns and the newly formed Danish secret police, created an atmosphere of intrigue and distrust.
In the winter of 2009-2010 a young executive, Bill is promoted and transferred to London for a major International firm. He has struggled for the better part of his life with nightmares and phobias, which only seem to worsen in London. As he seeks the help of a therapist he accepts that his issues may well be related to a 'past-life trauma'.
Through love, curiosity, archives and the information superhighway of the 21st century Bill travels through knowledge and time to uncover the story of the 1939 plane crash.
By M. C. V. Egan
This very thought has been dancing through my mind in the last few weeks. At what point does Nostalgia become so much that we get too stuck in the past and forget to live for today and create a great tomorrow?
It all began with two movies and one death. The movies are Dark Shadows which to me so vividly portrayed 1972, and MIB3, which transported me to 1969. Especially the latter as it transported me back to such a specific date that I could remember very clearly.
The death was that of Donna Summer and her music; songs to which I enjoyed dancing, drinking, laughing. This created a great momentum where friends shared photographs and stories, the whole where were you when moments.
Social Media in the last year has opened so many doors to my past; really feels like pasts. I have lived in various countries and experienced different things that involved very different groups of people, and suddenly all of this is merged in facebook and it feels very strange, especially when people get nostalgic and re-live this or that moment and the moments become so intertwined with the present. I am an individual who has always compartmentalized and let go, moved forward as it were and suddenly here I am remembering being Nostalgic.
My favorite dictionary defines Nostalgia as “a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one’s life, to one’s home or homeland, or to one’s family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time”.(Random House Dictionary of the English Language). I could not describe it any better than Random House – a wistful desire…
The biggest problem with nostalgia is that in as much as it brings the memories of Joy, it also brings up memories of pain and sadness. Please do not get me wrong – I had an amazing youth and I lived it to the fullest! Like anyone, I suffered from my share of broken hearts and the guilt of those I broke; as well as my share of disappointments in unachieved plans and unfulfilled expectations.
Pondering on Nostalgia creates the danger of the what ifs; a dangerous place to visit, taking on the responsibility of how much greater one could have been if only a different choice had been made here or there.
Yesterday belongs in the past and in order to lead a full life there is no question but that we must look forward to the future.
Enjoying the wisdom of anything and everything learned in the past as great tools to make the right turns and the right choices but never second guessing what we may have been and forgetting to become amazing while enjoying the person we are today.
I especially wonder about future generations who with today’s technology document so many moments, their past will always be there in a little card or thumb drive; will it make them more nostalgic or more realistic and ever living in the present?
About the Author
M.C.V. Egan is the pen name chosen by Maria Catalina Egan the author of The Bridge of Deaths. Catalina was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1959, one of eight children. From a very young age she became obsessed with the story of her maternal Grandfather, Cesar Agustin Castillo, mostly the story of how he died. She only spent her childhood in Mexico. Her father became an employee of The World Bank in Washington D.C.
From the early 1970s at the age of 12 she moved with her entire family to the United States. She was already fluent in Southern English as she had spent one school year in the town of Pineville, Louisiana with her grandparents. There she won the English award; ironically being the only one who had English as a second language in her class. In the D.C. suburbs she attended various private Catholic schools and graduated from Winston Churchill HS in Potomac, Maryland in 1977. She attended Montgomery Community College, where she changed majors every semester. She also studied in Lyons, France at the Catholic University for two years. In 1981, due to an impulsive young marriage to a Viking ( The Swedish kind, not the football player kind) Catalina moved to Sweden where she resided for five years and taught at a language school for Swedish, Danish, and Finnish businesspeople. She returned to the USA where she has been living ever since. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Swedish.
Mrs. Egan has worked for various companies and holds an Insurance license for the State of Florida. Not her favorite field but involves very nice folks and makes money!
Maria Catalina Egan is married and has one son, who together with their five pound Chihuahua makes her feel like a fulltime mother. Although she would not call herself an Astrologer she has taken many classes and taught a few beginner classes in Astrology. This is one of her many past times when she is not writing or researching.
She celebrated her 52nd birthday on July 2nd 2011 and gave herself self-publishing The Bridge of Deaths as a gift; she never submitted it to anyone prior to this decision and has enjoyed the very positive feedback.