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lynn-henriksen's picture
May.28.2011
I feel fortunate to have clear memories of what Memorial Day signifies. When I was a kid growing up in North Dakota, this was a day where everyone I knew actually did commemorate the fallen American soldiers, who had died for our country as far back as the Civil War. Flowers were placed on the...
gabriel-constans's picture
Mar.21.2011
Fred Branfman emerged from the jungles of Laos carrying a heavy load. He wasn’t weighed down with ammunition, guns or rations. The international volunteer, who had been in and out of Laos for over three years, was burdened with something far greater than goods or a heavy backpack. What he...
cindy-sullivan's picture
Jan.14.2011
The greatest lessons can be learned from nature and the deepest wisdom can be unearthed during the darkest of times. The floods in Queensland and the ensuing public response speaks to us of impermanence and reminds me of all that I cherish about this place I call home. I admire the fact that the...
stacy-juba's picture
Oct.09.2010
Anyone who stops by http://bit.ly/9n7rDt between Oct. 9 and Oct. 13 at midnight and leaves a comment to the post titled "Happy Columbus Day Weekend! Celebrating Patriotic Children's Book Release With $50 CSN Stores Giveaway" will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate...
steven-robert-travers's picture
Jun.06.2010
"Innocence does not utter outraged shrieks, guilt does." - Whittaker Chambers               Conservative author Ann Coulter asks in "Treason" whether this question is legitimate. She points out that liberals claim they are the ideology of the environment, minorities, women's...
christine-bottaro's picture
May.31.2010
It's Memorial Day.  Today, as is every day in my small town, quiet, bucolic and very peaceful.  Teenagers may be bored to tears with the uneventful course of events here, but they are delivered from evil, essentially shielded from war and death, shrieking missiles and insane dictators because...
bobbi-hahn's picture
Feb.11.2010
 My father was a simple man. He was born in 1910 and lived in a brownstone in the Bronx. He lost his mother and an unborn sibling in the influenza pandemic of 1918. He and his two brothers were sent for a time to live with an uncle and his wife on a farm in Connecticut. The three traumatized little...
vicki-nikolaidis's picture
Nov.24.2009
  Most disturbing thing I learned in chatroom so far this week - "killing of innocent people is wrong" - is not a universally held moral truth.  Sadly only the americans participating in the chat room found the idea that killing innocent people is wrong to be an absolute moral truth. In...
arlene-goldbard's picture
Nov.18.2009
A kind reader directed me to The Singing Revolution, a film on Estonians' movement to regain their independence from the Soviet Union, highlighting the special role music played in the sustenance of spirit and solidarity. And also, for me, a film on the double meaning of patriotism, both a shining...
mara-buck's picture
Nov.11.2009
In a trunk filled with mothballs lies the somewhat-shredded woolen flag that flew over my father’s minesweeper while it cruised the Straits of Iwo Jima.  My mother’s bridal suit and my father’s navy blues are there too, sandwiched along with the flag.  I will keep the uniform and the suit along...