A Card To My Son On Mother's Day

A Card To My Son On Mother's Day
Mother’s Day is the worst day of the year since he’s been gone. There are two others that are actually more heartbreaking, but they are private and in that there is some consolation. The day he died, the day two Army men told me what I was already told as cruelly as possible, was the... 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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Truth in Pictures

Truth in Pictures
A patriotic story, or really any story, is made more impactful when paired with a visually arresting picture. And what could be more arresting than a young woman crying on a flag draped casket on a tarmac? The story behind the picture is a blank that gets filled in through the tear-blurred eyes of the... Read more »

More Gun Control Will Prevent Terrorism?

More gun control would have prevented this latest mass shooting, according to President Obama. At least that was the inference from his first statements on national TV in the immediate wake of the latest terrorist attack. Of course, it wasn’t a terrorist attack, it was perhaps another instance of work-place violence. It can be argued... Read more »

My Son PFC Andrew Meari is Their Soldier

My Son PFC Andrew Meari is Their Soldier
This past weekend  something horrible happened and I couldn’t be more grateful. The PFC Andrew Meari Memorial Park that was recently dedicated to my son was vandalized. Specifically, the park sign and the plaque explaining who he was and why the park was dedicated to him were tagged with spray paint. My family and I... Read more »
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I Dream of Afghanistan

I dream of going to Afghanistan. I’m fascinated with history and in particular with places that have seen much of it. But I’m not interested in the history of that ancient and storied land. Or, not all of the history. There is just one moment in the long ribbon of time that calls to me... Read more »

PFC Andrew Meari Memorial Park, What It Really Means

PFC Andrew Meari Memorial Park, What It Really Means
PFC Andrew Meari Memorial Park has been officially dedicated. The sign is not yet permanently installed because the sign manufacturer made a small error and are working on a fix. It’s not yet searchable on Google Maps or Mapquest either, but it is a reality, a real place with real meaning. Regular readers will recognize... Read more »

How to tell the difference between a Jihadi and a Muslim

Jihadi is a colloquial term for Muslims in general, but by definition is someone who participates in Jihad, or Holy War. The most pressing question facing the Nation today is how to tell the difference between someone who is a follower of the religion of Islam and someone who believes it is good, right and... Read more »
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Four Marines Killed in Tennessee

Four Marines Killed in Tennessee
Four Marines were shot and killed at a recruiting center in Chattanooga, Tennessee today. The suspected gunman also died and a police officer and at least one other individual was injured. The initial report was of a “White Male” suspect. The shooter has now been identified as Mohammed Yousef Abdulazeez. This is a developing situation,... 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. 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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