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Reflections

May 2017
Ambord

Little Becomes Much

That’s what men of his generation did. When there was a job to do, they did it their best, even if it meant driving a tank like a tractor through heavy enemy fire. Like so many of his fellow soldiers, he risked his life for his country, multiple times, because the job was there and someone had to do it.

Ashley
Add One More Day...

It’s That Time of Year Again

Our prime-of-life plan is to be invisibly loud, robustly quiet, stealthily annoying and unconventional. We have agreed to relish not being the target audience for rejuvenating skin care regimes, new and improved hair care products, romantic novels, or ballads sung by boy bands.

Beeson
Sam's Side

Did Texting Sink the Titanic?

I have been accused of being able to take almost any subject and twist it around to find a Titanic connection. I think that’s nonsense, personally, but let me tell you what the Titanic and cell phones have in common.

Bornstein
Phase Three

Memories Can Guide Our Future

My thought is that as you grow older, and naturally accumulate more memories, there is a tendency to want to recall your past time more frequently. During holidays, remembrances of things past seem to have an even greater tendency to be triggered.

Donahue

The Looking Glass Syndrome

Hurray for the freedom of maturity, the freedom of retirement, the freedom from the dictates of consumerism aimed at the young while still looking quite put together.

Gendusa
Just Sayin’

A Journey to Forever

My children gave me the bold courage to try anything. They gave me energy when I thought I was depleted. They gave me laughter when my cheeks were drenched in tears. They gave me hope when all I had left was a prayer. They gave me friendship and companionship when I felt alone. They gave me honor as a human being.

Gendusa
Just Sayin’

These Old Hands

Perhaps beauty is in the permanent wrinkles around the mouths of people who have laughed through life and brought joy to others. Perhaps it is in the stooped woman who once carried the burden of raising her family alone. Perhaps it is in the arthritic football player who once thrilled crowds.

Healy

The Boots that Came to the Saratoga WarHorse Program

“I didn’t know what shoes to wear today,” he said. “So I thought maybe I should wear these – my combat boots. These boots have never been laced up on U.S. soil before. They’ve known nothing but war and pain and just such awful things."

McCune
Tunnel Visions

Remembering Mrs. Binkleman: The Lasting, Glorious, Indelible Impact of a Great Teacher

The senior English teacher, Mrs. Binkleman ruled with a firm hand but the soul of a poet. If there ever were a stereotype of an old-fashioned, traditional teacher – she was. She gave deadlines and enforced them. Set high standards and achieved them. Appeared to have no existence outside the schoolroom.

Pribus
Health, Wellness & the Good Life

The Mourner at Arlington

Today, nearly 70 years later, there is an Arlington Lady at every Air Force funeral — whether for an active duty troop, veteran or retiree. She’s there in snow and heat and wind and rain.

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