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The Blue Bicycle: Travels with an Adopted Air Force Girl (Part 2 of 3)

By Mary Ellen Gambutti Click here to read the first post in this three-part story. Louisiana, summer, 1958, continued Mom tells me Dad’s work is hard when I ask her about the migraines that have become frequent. He shows me his … Continue reading

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The Blue Bicycle: Travels with an Adopted Air Force Girl (Part 1 of 3)

By Mary Ellen Gambutti Texas, September 1957 In the bicycle department at Sears Roebuck in Victoria, Dad points out a blue 26-inch J.C. Higgins cruiser he’d seen in the catalog. “Here’s the one we’ll get. What do you think?” Wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Passport #6: Edrisi 2006

By Marg Sumner Edrisi and I had a relationship that was going nowhere, except into the Sahara Desert, which is not too far from nowhere. I didn’t care for him from the get-go, and he was indifferent to me. He … Continue reading

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What We Can Learn About Customer Service from Hospice

By Neil Fauerbach The Hospice movement in this country has provided a wonderful environment for families facing end of life issues with their loved ones.  Considered the model for quality compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness, Hospice provides expert … Continue reading

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God the…Mother?

By Kurt Baumann There is a proverb that says: “Truth is stranger than fiction.” Would you believe that in the Bible there are verses that refer to God as a female? The congregation in the Lutheran church I grew up … Continue reading

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Boarding the Plane

By Violet Moran My sons and their wives swear they will never board a plane with me.  I don’t understand because, really, all I had said to the Security Guard was, “It’s just my vibrator” when he pulled me over … Continue reading

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There’s Something Special About the First One

By Patricia LaPointe Graham was born on May 5, 1998. I spent most of his first months helping his Mom adjust to motherhood. Although I have so many memories of holding him, rocking and feeding him, there was one event … Continue reading

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John Lewis Lights Our Way

By Jeremiah Cahill Currently, there’s a bill in the United States Senate, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. This proposed legislation would restore parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that were struck down by the United States Supreme … Continue reading

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The Center of our Universe

By Suzy Beal We went to the kitchen with our cuts, our slivered fingers, our bruised knees, and our tears. Our first-aid station dominated by Mom as she administrated iodine, bandages, and a soft word. We found solace, pain relief, … Continue reading

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How Can Death Be an Ethical Teacher?

Neil wrote this essay as an assignment for an Ethics class taught by Professor Vincent Kovoloski at Edgewood College. Neil reflected, “We read Man’s Search for Meaning and Tuesdays with Morrie. The assignment he gave was to answer the question ‘Can … Continue reading

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