The Christening

Went to get my nails done today.. something I had stopped doing after we lost Micheal and only recently started again. It’s my once a month vanity indulgence. As I sat waiting for the polish to dry the older lady next to me remarked about my bracelet and how unusual it is. I explained it […]

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Chris Hayes “Uncomfortable” Calling Fallen Heroes…I Agree, Sort Of

Excerpted from the Examiner: On Sunday, the day before Memorial Day 2012, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes said he was “uncomfortable” calling America’s fallen military “heroes.” “I feel comfortable, ah, uncomfortable, about the word [heroes] because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war,” he stammered. “Um,” he added, “and, […]

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Happy Birthday Pokey

Ok this is a little late but it’s been a heck of a few days…. Thursday May 17th was Micheal’s 24th Birthday. For some reason this year it was a more emotional day than it has been in the past. Maybe because his sister is fixing the graduate and he was suppose to be home […]

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“Continue Steadfastly”

My daughter was 14 the day she came home from church to the news her brother had been killed. Her wail of “NO Not Pokey. They made a mistake” will haunt me forever. The sheer raw pain of her cry was shattering. I would wonder for a long time if that wound would ever heal. […]

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Mother’s Day….

Early on a wise lady warned me about Mother’s Day. She had lost her son to a drunk driver. Her husband had handed me the folded flag and said the words “On behalf of a Grateful Nation” with tears in his eyes. So the first Mother’s day without Micheal I was sort of prepared, if […]

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They Shall Live

They Shall Live is a documentary film chronicling the lives of American Gold Star Mothers, an organization comprised of mothers who have lost sons or daughters during service in the United States Armed Forces. This is a story about what it means to lose a child while serving their nation. This is a story about […]

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