Category Archives: World War II

Ready. Aim. Fire.

In commemoration of my sister’s birthday, which is today, I am reposting a story I wrote a couple years ago of one of my favorite stories of her and her irreverent self.  When we were young, every Memorial Day our … Continue reading

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A virtual sign

I see him tracing the letters in the air, His hands rotating his brush As he paints this last virtual sign. I have never seen his expertise so close up before. I always focused on the letters he produced when … Continue reading

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A message and image from out of the cosmos

My son had shared with me some time ago that on Facebook, if people who are not your friends, send you a message, you never know. There is a spot in messages labeled “Other” where all those messages go and … Continue reading

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Gembaku no ko

Today is the 69th anniversary of the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima. We visited there two years ago with our son who was teaching in Satsuma Sendai at the time. The many memorials and monuments to peace and nuclear … Continue reading

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Off the to-do list

Over the past few years, a colleague of mine has often mentioned Cantigny Park. It is a 500 acre park in Wheaton IL formerly the residence of Col. Robert McCormick, the Chicago Tribune owner and publisher. He became a colonel … Continue reading

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The Fallen 9000

Last September on Peace Day, British artists Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss, along with 560 volunteers, created 9000 stenciled silhouettes representing those who died on Normandy Beach, Arromanches, on June 6, 1944, 70 years ago today. This visual representation, The Fallen … Continue reading

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Ready. Aim. Fire.

In commemoration of my sister’s birthday, which is today, I am reposting a story I wrote a couple years ago of one of my favorite stories of her and her irreverent self.  When we were young, every Memorial Day our … Continue reading

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