Category Archives: Commentary

JFK

The tributes will probably be few on Thursday. It is John F. Kennedy’s birthday. It is the day that the Kennedy family would prefer people remember the slain president, but most remember November 22nd, the day he was assassinated in Dallas. The family understands the need and desire of many to honor the fallen president, but they prefer the memory of JFK be focused on the day of his birth, May 29th. That may take a long time, for there are so many of us…

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Memorial Day

We used to call it decoration day, for it was a time of placing flowers and flags on the graves of America’s war dead. Later it became know as Memorial day to honor all those who have died in the service of their country. The idea for a day of honor began with James Redpath, superintendent of Schools in Charleston, South Carolina. In the spring of 1865 he became very upset after a viewing a field of only partially buried union soldiers in nameless graves.…

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The Storm Across The Valley

What a glorious time for me. I was outdoors most of the day and saw playful storm clouds tease the mountains with dancing light and shadows as on and off passing showers spread a few sprinklings to the valley where I stood in awe. The distance, as a singular and sentient entity, used the Sun as a Hollywood director would and lit the far off mountains with a colorful purple brilliance that few see in a lifetime, let along in a single day. The light…

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Brain Cancer

The announcement that Senator Edward Kennedy has a form of brain cancer brings to mind these thoughts. Most of us know someone who has had cancer, or has cancer or who has died of cancer. It is an insidious disease. It is indiscriminate and it is a life altering challenge, not only for those diagnosed with its various forms, but also for the family and friends of the afflicted. Whenever these kinds of announcements come fourth that a celebrity is stricken, it reminds all of…

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