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Beautifully Flawed

To be human is to be beautifully flawed ~ October Baby On my drive into work today, the sports radio I normally listen to was interrupted by silence. A bell rang 26 times in memory of each life lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  Time seemed to stand still. I lost track of where I was on the road. My mind went someplace else. Strangely enough, it was a good place. My thoughts did not go where a madman with a gun—or the evil force that drove him—wanted me to go. Instead, I thought of what makes us good.  I thought of the heroic actions of the teachers and the principal on that horrible day. I thought of the poise, strength …

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REAL COURAGE

Scarier than feeling pain is feeling nothing. ~ Amey Fair What image comes to mind when you think of courage?  A soldier?  A police officer? A firefighter? I see a woman I’ve never met. I see Amey Fair. Her daughter Phoebe is only 3 years old and she’s already faced more obstacles than I have in 46 years.  January 1, 2012 Phoebe was diagnosed with a rare and agressive brain tumor. She had a baseball-sized growth removed and has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments ever since. This little angel has been through hell. I follow Amey’s writing. It’s raw. It’s honest. It’s the most beautiful and faithful thing I’ve ever read. She writes of how painful it is to pump poison …

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Otto’s Wink

A few short days ago I had no idea he existed: Otto Kirchner-Dean, a veteran of World War II, a simple hero. Late one Friday afternoon, I stumbled across a pile of stones stacked up in a secluded area behind an old railroad boxcar near my office. I bent down and brushed away the leaves and loose dirt that had gathered atop the stone, revealing Otto’s name, branch of service, date of birth and date of death.  “What? Why would this man’s headstone be back here?” I rushed back to my computer, Googled his name, and found he is buried at Quantico National Cemetery in Virginia. I immediately called Quantico but unfortunately they were closed for the day. I would have to agonize over this for an entire weekend. …