Blogapalooza Hour: Tomorrow

Once again, I’m participating in ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooza. Our instructions were simple -  Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to publish a post in one hour. Here is tonight’s challenge: “Write about your tomorrow. Not figuratively, literally write about anything that you hope, fear, believe, expect — anything — that you may experience... Read more »

Memorial Day Message to Veterans from a Gold Star Mother

Memorial Day Message to Veterans from a Gold Star Mother
To all those who have honorably worn this nation’s uniform, I understand why you don’t want to be thanked or even recognized on this, your most sacred day of the year. Truly, I admire and respect when veterans say, “Don’t thank me, thank those who didn’t come home”. It is a mark of your character.... Read more »

Why Americans Dont Understand the Meaning of Memorial Day

Why Americans Dont Understand the Meaning of Memorial Day
Memorial Day is the one day of the year when we are to recognize and reflect upon the price of the freedoms we all enjoy. It is a day of observance, of somber remembrance of those who died in service to our nation. There are countless parades, ceremonies and dedications,  filled with reverence, pomp and... Read more »
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Happy Memorial Day is a Choice

Happy Memorial Day is a Choice
Happy Memorial Day is an oxymoron. If we instead say happy Memorial day, with the emphasis on Memorial, then it makes a little more sense. For those of us whose every day is Memorial Day, the inclusion of the word, much less the thought happy, feels like a betrayal. And that is understandable but it... Read more »

For Mothers Of Loss On Mother's Day

Each year I dread the month of May. The first two weeks are all about the upcoming holiday of Mother’s Day. As soon as that is over, the focus shifts to Memorial Day. For me, neither of these days are ones to embrace. Mother’s Day is when I get to try to remember that I... Read more »

Silver Star Banner Day

Silver Star Banner Day
May 1st is Silver Star Banner Day, but what does that mean? When viewed in the context of May being National Military Appreciation Month, a clue is perceived. Still, what is a Silver Star Banner? A Silver Star Banner has nothing to do with the Silver Star, the second highest military award for bravery, courage and... Read more »
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Naked Twister Mom Blames Ex-Husband’s PTSD

In the military and veteran communities there is a new game. It’s called, “How long til it becomes the fault of PTSD?” Anyone can play, but the winners are always the media and the losers are always our military and veterans and the general public at large. When the story is about a mom drinking,... Read more »

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion
After ten months, the Army has officially charged Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and misbehaving before the enemy.  This is both a good and bad development. For some, it is simply a relief. But like everything else regarding Bowe Bergdahl, there are questions and controversy. The first set of questions revolve around exactly what the charges... Read more »

American Sniper Should Have Won Oscars for Best Actor and Best Picture

American Sniper Should Have Won Oscars for Best Actor and Best Picture
Bradley Cooper and Clint Eastwood deserved Oscars for their work on “American Sniper”. I say this not because I am unapologetically supportive of our military and veterans.  I say this because even though I have spent nearly every waking moment for the past several years working for and with issues affecting our military and veterans,... Read more »
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Eddie Ray Routh Guilty of Murder of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield

Eddie Ray Routh Guilty of Murder of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield
Eddie Ray Routh killed Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield and will pay for his crime by spending the rest of his life behind prison bars. Some feel he should be in a mental institution and not prison. That would only be appropriate if he was mentally ill and did not know what he did was... Read more »
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    Denise Williams

    Born and bred in Chicago, now living in the wilds of far suburbia. I'm a Gold Star Mom, a wife and step-mom to two terrific boys. My views are generally politically and socially conservative, though I am far from a Party line Republican. I believe in this country, our Constitution and above all, in the right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I believe our government is supposed to serve the people, not tell them how to live. To me, this is just common sense, but since it seems to be a minority opinion, it has become "Uncommon Sense".

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