Tag: military

  • A Fallen Brother

    A Fallen Brother

    Editor's Note: The following is an article I wrote for the VVA magazine that ran shortly before the publication of my memoir AFTER THE FLAG HAS BEEN FOLDED (Wm. Morrow). While working on that memoir, I searched for the men who served with my father.[..]
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  • Karen and John Birch

    Karen and John Birch

    My friend the always witty and brilliant Celia Rivenbark reached out to me to ask what did I think of all the "Karen" memes going around on Social Media. She is the only person besides my husband who has asked how I felt about having my[..]
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  • Thoughts from a Black Mother

    Thoughts from a Black Mother

    Editor's Note: I am opening up the blog to my black friends to contribute their thoughts and experiences at this time of a reckoning in this country. I am happy to introduce you to the poetry of E.J. Wade. A year ago, we traveled to[..]
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  • His Welfare is My Concern

    His Welfare is My Concern

    [caption id="attachment_5051" align="alignleft" width="933"] This is a picture of what it means to have socialized healthcare - Those who are able carry those who are unable.[/caption] Everyone, except the one-percenters, know that our healthcare system is broken. It's not just that a trip to the[..]
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  • Lies on a Napkin

    Lies on a Napkin

      She sent me an email, this woman I didn't know. Let's call her Ginger. There was this story I had written a while back about an Army Ranger. Ginger thought I ought to know the truth about him. We had met by chance, this[..]
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  • Murder & the DNA Dilemma

    Murder & the DNA Dilemma

    [caption id="attachment_4329" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Dahlia, Cutting garden[/caption] In 2012, Amyjane Brandhagen was found murdered in an Oregon motel room. She had been brutally stabbed to death. Amyjane was no stranger to our family. We had attended church with her family, had participated in Bible Studies[..]
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  • Does Kim Jong Un Deserve Our Thanks?

    Does Kim Jong Un Deserve Our Thanks?

    Should we be praising Kim Jong Un for allegedly returning the remains of fallen soldiers from the Korean War? Donald Trump thinks so. He sent out the following tweet in response: Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump Thank you to Chairman Kim Jong Un for keeping your[..]
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  • Blurring the lines: Anne Perry’s Murderous Tendencies

    Blurring the lines: Anne Perry’s Murderous Tendencies

        [caption id="attachment_4054" align="aligncenter" width="614"] Pauline & Juliet (r)[/caption] Given a choice between a documentary and a chick flick, I will choose the documentary most everytime. Even as an earlier reader, I was drawn more to biographies and memoirs than to Harlequin. That was[..]
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  • Not Everyone Deserves Our Honor

    Not Everyone Deserves Our Honor

      "The sins of the fathers shall be visited upon future generations."   I remember. My Lai. Lt. Calley. Watergate. Selma. Integration. Kent State. And the silence of being a Gold Star family during the Vietnam era. I have written thousands of words on this[..]
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