On D-Day, Remembering My Dad

82nd Airborne

On June 6, 1944, as the dawn broke on Normandy beaches, troops from America, Britain, Canada and France executed a dangerous plan to liberate France from Nazi tyranny.  The operation was to storm the five Normandy beaches--arriving by ship and by air, overtaking the German troops.  There were 156,000 paratroopers under General Dwight D. Eisenhower; and as their commander said, "The eyes of the world are upon you." The sky filled with men and parachutes.  Many died under enemy fire on the way … [Read more...]

God Bless America!

As we enjoy the festival of light outside our window tonight, we also enjoy this stunning performance of "God Bless America" by Celine Dion. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LSarhZpnMs Yes, Lord, please bless this country.  Help us to find our way home to you. … [Read more...]

For Our World: A Child’s Profound Reflections on 9/11

World-Trade-Center

I saw the World Trade Center only once.  It was 1998 or 1999.  It had been a number of years since I’d visited New York City; but when our youngest son Jerry began working at an airline, I took advantage of my “parent privileges” (in those innocent pre-9/11 days, parents of employees could fly for $30/roundtrip) and the two of us set off for a day trip to the Big Apple.  We planned to see the sights, visit a museum, enjoy lunch and dinner—then head back home to Michigan. At … [Read more...]


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