November 30, 1944

Thanksgiving Day: breakfast was late by about an hour, but there was a beautiful yellow banana by each bowl of rice and in the cups was steaming coffee, and on the rice was a spoonful of sugar! Father Gowan, Carl, Art, and others took part in the Thanksgiving prayers and service. Bedie looked handsome in his sweater made from the …

November 9, 1944

We overheard Skerl and the doctors discussing the hens and the decreasing eggs. Now that camp does not peel the camotes [it] means that the hens get no skins to eat, so that there is almost no food for them, the sow or the piglets. Dr. Mather says, “Well, shall be go back to giving them the peelings?” and Skerl …

October 25, 1944

I can see that Jerry too has traveled a long journey in here through books, deep experience and mental turbulence. In agonizing worry over the children and me during the last two months of hunger, decline and desperate illness, he has touched some unfathomable moments. He shows change and growth too, and has plumbed some universal feelings as I have. …

October 10, 1944

I can sit up twice a day in a chair, have visitors and normal diet. “Report of a Conference with the Command and Mr Yamato. Carl, Miss McKim and Skerl. October 9, 1944. Among other things the Command said ‘If one or two million soldiers come to the Philippines that does not mean Japan will be defeated, nor will the …

September 15, 1944

I could hear Mr. Tomibe’s military bellow voice from here at 7:30 as he made his farewell speech to roll call assembly. He said we had become friends under difficult conditions of war and  he hoped that after peace we could be friends again under better conditions. He was now transferred to Manila to another position and must say good-bye. …

September 8, 1944

June copies the Minutes for me since I came to the hospital. “The Japanese authorities have repeatedly urged us to refrain from any enthusiastic display if the U.S. planes should fly over the camp. . . Skerl submitted a summary of hours worked in August: men working, 138, men unable to work 13; women working 138; women unable to work …

September 7, 1944

We are all kidding each other about our synapses, the nerve ends that Skerl says don’t meet or fit together like the fingers of each hand as they should, because of malnutrition—so we all forget, cannot remember very well. 0

June 14, 1944

The great pork graft is really the major topic. Schultz, who used to get kitchen squeeze but is now out on account of illness, squealed that the kitchen staff got 8 or 9 fat juicy pork chops the day after we all had pork. Carl went on a tour of investigation and found several still warming in the oven. Henri …