Remembering Newtown, CT

        The bright holiday lights of the Christmas season did not shine for 27 minutes in Oak Lawn, Illinois  starting at seven o’clock on December 27, 2012. All over the city, residents unplugged their Christmas tree lights and other lawn decorations.  Block after block of darkness wrapped the city with…

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Honor Flight: Heroes Among Us By Jane Rubietta

A hero? Not by any veteran’s defintion of the word. Like most veterans, Air Force Captain Earl Morse would say, “The heroes never came home.” But to 40,000 WWII veterans and their families, Eral Morse, president and founder of Honor Flight Network, deserves the title. When the World War II…

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Better Me Than Dead

BETTER ME THAN DEAD By Linda Rondeau Dodging traffic and sniffing dogs, I continued the daily grind going house to house with a not so happy spirit. I was hired by a local school district to conduct its yearly census. It was not a job that I relished, but it…

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Thanksgiving Tribute to Legacy and Pickled Beets

On Thanksgiving Day, our family will gather around a table laden with the usual dishes: cranberries in Jell-o, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green beans, oven-warm rolls, sliced turkey and pickled beets. Lots of pickled beets, for everyone from grandpa to preschoolers relishes that tangy taste from home grown and…

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Grateful Warrior By Dr. Erv Barnes

There was a time when I wallowed in my dread, feeling dejected, rejected, and ejected. My marriage was ending, a second career collapsing, and my little farm slipping away. I did some writing, and one of the collections of short pieces I titled, “Nobody said Thank You.” That was eight…

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