We are a Gold Star Family: Sucks 2 be U

Gold Star

  Daddy was the first dead person I ever saw. A child never forgets that image of their father in uniform, dead in a shiny metal casket. I remember the bloat in his face, the result of dying in jungle heat. That swollen face made Daddy look like somebody else’s father. My daddy wasn’t a [Read More...]

A Tale of Two Brothers

There was only one chair available. It was stuck in a corner, near the guy in uniform. Anyone sitting here? I asked. No, he said. Mind if I do? Not at all. In Columbus, Georgia, soldiers in camo gear are a common sight. “I hardly ever wear mine out,”  the soldier told me later. “Whenever [Read More...]

Recap from Homefront 911

I was at the Old Church in Portland for this event. Roger and the lovely Jean came out. Thank you. So great to see you both. Don’ t you just love it when we get to meet up in for real life?  (Still looking forward to that moment when I met the folks across the [Read More...]


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