Resilience and Sacrifice

It’s Memorial Day in the United States. This is a federal holiday when we honor military personnel who have died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. I am reminded of the elderly neighbor downstairs, Clyde, who passed away two years ago on this day. He was a Navy man who donned his original uniform every year and either marched in the Memorial Day parade or paid homage by watching the parade with his wife. Clyde was proud to haveRead more

Conviction, Sacrifice

“I don’t know how I’m going to live with myself if I don’t stay true to what I believe.” ~Desmond Doss in the movie Hacksaw Ridge~ Have you ever thought about your own convictions – if you would stick to them no matter what? Desmond Thomas Doss (February 7, 1919 – March 23, 2006) was a United States Army Corporal who served as a combat medic with an infantry company in World War II. After distinguishing himself in the Battle of Okinawa,Read more

A Heartfelt Legacy

“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” ~Shannon L. Alder~ Sir Nicholas George Winton MBE (born Wertheim; 19 May 1909 – 1 July 2015) was Sa British humanitarian who organized the rescue of 669 children, most of them Jewish, from Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport (German for “children transportation”). Winton found homes for the children and arranged forRead more

Dear Old Dad

I’ve been moving things around in the apartment, purging and filling up Rubbermaid boxes. This is in preparation for my bestie girlfriend, Natasha, to move in for awhile until we can find a “this is just about perfect” place to rent together. It’s not an easy chore when there are two households and two cats involved. But, we keep looking. Anyhow… In moving one of the china cabinets, I rediscovered dad’s family Bible and opened it up to find… “DearRead more

At Ease, Soldier

Dad served in World War II. He spent time in England and made it home safe, to hug his mom, marry his wife, have two children. Serving country in the military is monumental. It’s huge. Every spring, the county veteran’s office presents family with a flag. To mark the place of honor, the monument that sits in a Catholic cemetery, for someone who loved country and life. At ease, soldier…dad…you’ve earned eternal rest. I’ll bring flowers as soon as the thawingRead more