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Gold Star Father Khizr Khan, It Was Not Your Sacrifice

Gold Star Father Khizr Khan, It Was Not Your Sacrifice
Mr. and Mrs. Khan appeared at the Democrat National Convention, with Mr. Khan speaking about his sacrifice. You see, Mr. and Mrs. Khan are Gold Star Parents. Their son, US Army Captain Humayun Khan was KIA in the war on terror. Sounds like a moving moment. The emotions Mr. Khan’s speech engendered in so very... Read more »

Roads Less Traveled and Following Drums

This is another installment in the ChicagoNow Blogapalooz-Hour. As always, we receive a topic at 9:00pm, and the challenge to write about it, clean it up and publish in one hour. Tonight’s topic is “Write about a time you followed the road less traveled and it made all the difference.” “Two roads diverged in a... Read more »

Beauty in Death

This is another in the series, “Blogapalooza”. The rules are simple, at exactly 9:00pm on a predetermined date, a topic is announced. Tonight’s challenge is, “Write about something you find beautiful that you feel others may not understand”. Something sad and wonderful, tragic and beautiful happened. To many, the words wonderful and beautiful being associated... Read more »
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Endless War by Robie Odonnell

Every now and then, something happens that just can’t be explained by anything other than fate. For the past few months I’ve been working in the real world on several different military and veteran initiatives, many of which center on getting the message of our veterans out to the civilian world. A lot of those... Read more »

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 »

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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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 »

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 »
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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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    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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