My America

My grandparents once owned a store and lived in a house across the road.  I remember being in it as a child and it seemed awfully big, dark, and exciting. The candy counter and the bright-colored sweets with the scales my grandfather used to measure a penny’s worth, the tiny brown candy sacks, were a […]

Outstanding

Outstanding

Today, I want to salute the common American citizen and suggest to you that he or she is anything but common and is, in fact, an outstanding example that many would do well to follow. I salute the men and women who get up each day, go to a job, support a family, and do […]

That’s America to Me

That’s America to Me

My grandparents once owned a store and lived in a house across the road. The house and store are gone now, but the memories of it still survive. I remember being in it as a child and it seemed awfully big, dark, and exciting. The candy counter and the bright-colored sweets with the scales my […]

Frosty Roofs, Warm Hearths

Frosty Roofs, Warm Hearths

  The sun shines on white, frosty roofs this morning. No matter the color of the shingles, they all look the same–cold! But, under the frigid rooftops, inside the house, I hope there is warmth and love and comfort. Just in case we have forgotten, this is Presidents’ Day, but it isn’t the birthday of […]

A Rallying Cry for Freedom

A Rallying Cry for Freedom

“A day that will live in infamy,” President Roosevelt said of December 7, 1941. And, indeed, it will. A surprise attack by Japanese aircraft against the American Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor triggered the United States’ entrance into World War II.  As I watch old film clips and read first-hand accounts, I imagine the shock […]

Does Monotonous Rhyme With Homogeneous?

Does Monotonous Rhyme With Homogeneous?

  Happy Columbus Day! I know that it is actually October 12, but a decree has gone out to turn Mondays into official government celebration days. Who made the decree? I don’t know. Remember the rhyme we learned in school, “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue?” Remember the names, the Nina, the Pinta, and […]

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