Tag: children

  • 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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  • Karly’s Killer Dead

    Karly’s Killer Dead

      [caption id="attachment_1455" align="aligncenter" width="322"] Inmate Photo[/caption]   Shawn Wesley Field is dead. He passed away at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institute in Pendleton, Oregon. Shawn did not die an easy death, but it was a much easier death than the one he inflicted upon three-year-old[..]
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  • Help Me Get My Happy On

    Help Me Get My Happy On

      Ah, Lord, it is November again. I woke to a steely gray sky, green grass bowing to rain and winter's chill. Those of you who know me best know how much I dread the onset of winter. There is nothing in this southern girl's[..]
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  • To expose or not to expose

    To expose or not to expose

    Those of you over 50 likely remember the Coppertone ad from our youth:   During its heyday, this ad was considered cute. Sweet. Humorous. But we were a different society then. Nobody owned personal computers. Social Media wasn't a phrase. Facebook's founder hadn't even been[..]
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