Vulnerability to violence

Some of my memories from the early 60s are clear. Records and newspapers can confirm public events; unverifiable is what they meant to me. Mourning President Kennedy’s assassination: November 1963–a worldwide tragedy but heartbreaking and personal for Irish Catholic immigrants, like my parents–“He was one of us.” Watching the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show: Feb…

Oblivious

The front door with its smudges of fingerprinting dust provides a clue that something bad happened there. My neighbor, Dave’s trial is at the end of its 2nd week. His estranged wife, Bonnie, lived around the corner with their two children. Bonnie was stabbed to death in April 2015 while the children were in the house.…

Shift Happens, But Not Without Struggle

  Like many of the other 1500 students who entered the United States Military Academy with me in July 1976, I was drawn to an educational opportunity at a prestigious college subsidized by US taxpayers. I had first visited West Point with a high school friend whose brother was a cadet. The school impressed me;…

Honoring veterans’ service

Over the weekend, I attended a Stand-Up for Women Vets. And what exactly is a Stand-up? While I don’t know where the phrase, Stand-up, originated; perhaps it indicates showing support, like when we stand for the national anthem. It’s clearly not the opposite of stand-down; a military term that means cease-fire or truce. This Stand-Up for…

Sisterhood gathering: 40 years of women at West Point

Women have been part of the United States Military Academy for 40 years. These days, urinals have been removed from the women’s latrines (bathrooms). Women cadets are allowed to have long hair. They wear skirts and earrings. There are locks on the barracks (dorm room) doors. When women entered West Point as cadets for the…