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Memorial Day: More than a parade and flag waving

For hours they held each other in their bed. The alarm rang at 3:45 a.m. Soon, they would be on route to the nearby regional airport for a 6:45 a.m. flight. At the Transportation Security Administration entrance, she turned and mouthed “I love you” as she headed to the flight taking her to ...

Column: The gift of interaction

When I wake in the morning, I thank God for the day, and I pray for all persons sent to me on this day. I try to treat each person with dignity and respect. This is not something that our current culture honors and extols. If I click on the television, it is some person who has overcome being ...

Column: Celebrate the depth of a mother’s care

Mother’s Day is coming on Sunday. I sometimes wonder about giving Mother just one day out of the year. Maybe we could stretch it to a month, like National Poetry Month or Women’s History Month. That would be nice, but I’ll take the day. Mothers are really what makes the whole system of ...

Making your voice heard — in a respectful fashion

Two decades ago, I took my oldest daughter, Elizabeth, on a perspective college tour. One of the visits was to Kent State University. When we parked our car, we noticed at the edge of the lot a bronze plaque. She asked me what the sign signifies. I shared with her on May 4, 1970, students ...

Column: Food is a blessing that brings us together

How does food become an item in our lives? We are a nation obsessed about either our intake of food or our avoidance of food for dietary reasons. What kind of food, what vitamins and minerals does it contain, to say nothing about the physical presentation and results in our intestines? Every ...

Man’s best friend

Dogs. They’re ubiquitous. “Man’s best friend” we call them. Why? Even their family counterparts – cats – can’t hold a candle to them over the years, as adored house pets. As children, we were like most families in town. Dogs had special names and came running when we called ...