Do unto others

Norman Rockwell was an American painter whose images evoked an idealized vision of “traditional” American values. For almost 50 years, he illustrated covers for The Saturday Evening Post. Even if you don’t know Rockwell’s name, you would probably recognize some of the images that he painted, including a series of four freedoms inspired by President…

An Epiphany

At the beginning of January, we visited Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) and watched the guard-changing ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. The Tomb Sentinels are dedicated to their duty. No matter if it’s cold, steamy, or stormy, the mission continues 24/7, as it has since 1937. As we observed the somber ceremony and…

Everyday miracles

We had just gotten back from a chemo-pump-disconnect appointment at the infusion clinic when my husband got a text telling him our flight the next morning was canceled. My diagnosis makes each trip to visit our son’s family poignant and pressing. It’s not only wondering “Will I feel good enough to travel?” but also “Will…

PIONEER PASSAGE book released

My Index Card Cure co-blogger Jane’s new book was just released. Check out PIONEER PASSAGE by JF Collen Cornelia Rose thought leaving the comforts of home and her family would be the greatest ordeal she would ever face… and then she encounters buffalo, quicksand, mountain fever, and old beaus. Life on the Oregon Trail is…

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…