Warrior spirit

In between the first and second years at West Point, cadets head to Camp Buckner for field training — “the best summer of your life.” Recondo (RECONnaissance commanDO) was a multi-day limits-testing experience with bivouacking, patrolling, maneuvering in the dark, and survival lessons. Not to mention mountaineering, digging foxholes, defending positions, poncho rafts, chicken-killing, and…

Spirit missions & soul sisters

When I wrote to my West Point women classmates about my sense of disbelief after receiving what seemed like a surreal diagnosis, I described it as feeling like I had been “abducted by aliens.” I looked the same on the outside, but covert cells with evil intentions had invaded. West Point cadets would occasionally plan…

FLAMING REDS

Flaming reds Vying for brilliance Each leaf competing Struggling to be heard In all the sadness Embracing the change Attention       Generating Warm new memories Fresh pictures of beauty Brilliant hues Increasingly scant Autumn Each life season Carrying its own blessings Exit Blazing color (C) Jane F. Collen October 2008* IndexCardCure.com™ Every leaf counts. *This…

Magical realms

I’m not as big a fan of Harry Potter books as my grandchildren, but I do know that Harry was orphaned and relegated to sleeping in a cupboard under the stairs. After his parents were murdered, Harry’s mother’s sister grudgingly agreed to raise her nephew. While Harry had a place to live with his aunt…