A Memorial Day Reflection

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As we take time to remember the military heroes who sacrificed for this country, let us also remember those who served and returned. Some of them came back changed, never to be the same, or never to be what they could have been had they not been sent to war. … Read More

Thank You, Music

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Thank you music

I had played clarinet and sax in the school and Boy Scout bands. The high school was central to a farming community, where memorizing the breeds of cattle, sheep, and pigs was mandatory, and music and art were disdained as worthless pursuits. So, when I attained first chair clarinet and … Read More

What do you sing, witness?

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Recently, singer/songwriter Jason Moon facilitated a writing workshop and performed at Wellness Works, a resource center focusing on healing the body and soul of veterans and the family members of veterans. Jason was deployed to Iraq and returned home changed, and plunged into despair and isolation until he started to … Read More

A Captain’s Interview with von Braun

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I was born on August 21st, 1945 in Havre de Grace, Maryland, 15 days after the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and 13 days before Japan surrendered to Allied Forces on September 2nd, ending World War II. My mother told me she had been thinking of naming … Read More

forever

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I wish I could live forever—so badly I want to witness the conclusion to our existence on this planet. I want to witness when the last human is sprawled out on the ground, possibly gasping for air, lying in the fetal position, face wrinkled and contorted with a mixture between … Read More

First Impressions

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First Impressions

What’s in a first impression? Sometimes nothing. Sometimes everything. We have senses that we don’t often credit—and often ignore—sometimes to our detriment. Have you ever had that “first impulse” that said you ought to do something, and having chosen not to act, discovered the impulse was correct? I know I … Read More

Freedom to Assemble

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I wanted to write a post just before the Inauguration, but I didn’t want it to be only about politics (I couldn’t think of anything else), so I pondered and reflected and then I marched on January 21st in the Women’s March on Washington in Los Angeles with 750,000 men, … Read More

Witness

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Witness

Inscription written by World War II veteran Clifford Fluck inside personal copy of the book Citizen Soldiers by Stephen Ambrose. Many years ago, I was back east visiting family for the holidays. I don’t remember if it was Thanksgiving or Christmas, but I do remember my sister’s house full of … Read More

A Veteran’s Letter to Santa

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Dear Santa, Please forgive me for not having written in a long, long time. I joined the Navy right out of high school and that took me away from home, and country, for some time. The reason I am writing you now is that my country, America, has just committed … Read More

Pulling a memory

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Pullling a memory

I assign “homework” to the veterans in the writing workshops I facilitate, to encourage them to write between the workshop sessions. Recently, the “homework” topic has been “pulling a memory.” I want them to write about their lives and experience and since holiday season is upon us, someone suggested writing … Read More