Gold Star Family Day

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  It has taken far too long for the leaders of this nation to do the honorable thing but finally, a U.S. President has realized the error and is seeking to correct it. President Obama has issued a proclamation declaring today — this Sunday — Gold Star Family Day. Here’s part of what the proclamation [Read More...]

Death’s Long-Shadow

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Irony is the long-shadow of death. It is early morning yet. I have just administered my mother’s drugs. Something to slow the system. Something to move the system. A child of Appalachia, Mama spent sixty years sucking on the unlit end of a tobacco stick. Now she draws her breath from a gadget that resembles [Read More...]

Solidarity with the Grandchildren

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When his sister got married a couple of years ago, Stephan walked his Hero Mama grandmother down the flower-strewn path. As the first-born grandson he’s always had a special place in the hearts of all the grandparents. Back then he was employed at Colonial Williamsburg. Facial hair was not in style and long hair was. [Read More...]


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