Tag: children

  • America is not Great

    America is not Great

    America is not great. America is not even good. America is a country where children are being gunned down in their schools, in their homes, in their churches. America is not great. America is not even good. America is a country where white men with[..]
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  • On the Jagged Edge of Life

    On the Jagged Edge of Life

    Gina remembers being hungry a lot as a youngster. It's something that sticks with a person, that desperation, even years after the hunger has been satiated. Go hungry as a child and that's what you'll remember of your childhood, the way you had to scrape[..]
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  • Other People’s Children

    Other People’s Children

    She started coming around the house when she was an itty-bitty thing, knee-high to a water-bug or thereabouts. She'd come to play dollies with the girls in the "museum" room. That's what everyone called the formal living room back in the day because nobody ever[..]
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  • Gold Star Families: Making a President Look More Presidential

    Gold Star Families: Making a President Look More Presidential

    There are these documents most every Gold Star family has stashed somewhere. The signatures on those documents change from era to era, but the White House seal, it stays the same. The ones I have are over 50 years old now. They belonged to my mother[..]
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  • A Fortunate Girl

    A Fortunate Girl

    The roads are slick with snow and ice. The sky is grey and foreboding. Holed up here in my office, thinking of Karly Sheehan. Today is her birthday. Or the day that marks what is her 15th birthday, although Karly died at age 3. Tortured,[..]
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  • That God and Gay Thingy

    That God and Gay Thingy

      Maybe it's the Orlando shooting. Maybe it's the access to military-style weapons. Maybe it's 13 months of temperatures rising. Maybe it's Donald Trump. I've been torn from pillar to post over one thing over another lately. I find myself discombobulated much of the time.[..]
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  • The Children Who Heal Us

    The Children Who Heal Us

    Last night I started randomly receiving a series of text messages from daughter Ashley. At first, I thought she was sending me silly things my grandsons say. Just recently she sent me a note saying that Sullivan had asked if she could go get his[..]
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  • Web Junkies

    Web Junkies

      Several years ago, I was approached by a young boy outside a classroom. "Do you have a knife I can borrow?" he asked. "A knife?" I replied. "Why do you need a knife, Jack?" "Because I am going to kill that girl," he replied. Jack[..]
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  • Biden: A Voice for Children

    Biden: A Voice for Children

    The first week of June always brings Karly Sheehan to mind. It is hard to believe that ten years have passed since Karly was tortured to death on June 3, 2005 after her mother left her in the care of an angry man. That man[..]
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