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Memorial Day

At 3:00pm today, communities across the country will pause to remember veterans lost fighting for our freedom as part of Memorial Day celebrations. I read that bit of news and found it a bit sad. Sad because it’s shameful enough that we relegate any official commemoration of the sacrifices our...
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Photo Challenge: Mysterious Door

I have always enjoyed photography, but I haven't been getting out as much to take pictures as I should. Recently, several folks in the AOL journal community decided to challenge each other to photograph Mysterious Doors. I found this over at Steven's (Sometimes) Photoblog. One door immediately came to mind....
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A Home for Eddie

Since I started volunteering with FLAG, an animal shelter group where I adopted one of my dogs, I have met some wonderful dogs who have been in need of a home. There are a few of them who keep returning week after week to the adoption events that happen every...
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A New (Old) Computer

I'd been contemplating this for a while...and I finally took the plunge. I purchased a laptop computer so that I could take my novel -- or at least parts of it at a time -- along with me so that I'd have less of an excuse for not writing when...
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The Tsunami’s Aftermath

The latest death toll from the tsunami could reach 150,000. That's just a staggering number, almost impossible to comprehend. It's a tragedy that makes September 11th pale in comparison; one that makes the losses in Iraq almost seem minor for a moment or two. But like all things, politics eventually...
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Marine Gives ‘Em the Finger!

When I first heard this story, I honestly thought it was the setup for some kind of joke: A Marine wounded in Iraq is being treated by physicians. They tell him that they have to cut his wedding band to treat his badly damaged finger. He tells them that he...
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Veterans Day

"Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy, forget in time that men have died to win them." --Franklin Delano Roosevelt Veterans Day salutes those who have died in the service of their country. Originally called "Armistice Day," intended to mark the anniversary of the truce that brought...
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Man vs. Nature

Every time there is a busy hurricane season, the non-scientists among us begin to put on their Mr. Wizard caps and suggest ideas to wipe the monster storms off the map before they reach land. The latest plan, according to an article from AOL News, (which the rest of the world...
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Remembering 9/11

On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was awakened by a ringing telephone. I had fallen asleep on the couch the night before, having watched some mindless classic sitcom on TVLand or Nick at Nite, most likely, and the television was still on. The call had come from my...
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