Archive for May 2015

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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