Bet you didn’t know it was called Decoration Day for close to a 100 years before it was a national holiday (1971), but the government gave the unions and working folks a day off on Monday, so as to keep them at the beach, full of beer, instead of in church. Since Decoration Day was always on Sunday fewer showed up.
Because the 9/11 wars aren’t over, we don’t yet have a name for those wars, or a national monument for our dead or their ... Continue Reading →
In the mid 90s, before I began traveling to the Soviet Bloc regularly, and finding out what their outhouses looked like, I taught a few semesters at a small business college in Cincinnati.
The students were all black, mostly young women, and from the looks of the nursery across the hall, mostly all young mothers.
This was during the period when Newt Gingrich took over the House, and among other things, forced Bill Clinton to sign into law the ending of AFDC (Aid to Families ... Continue Reading →
I’ve spoken of my grandfather before. He was the one who told me about my dad’s service in World War II.
We became close friends when he retired from the coal mines and bought a house in central Florida. My grandmother had moved down there a few months ahead of him, and he drove down in the summer of ’52. I was six, and he took me along, 3-4 days ahead of the rest of the family. It was a ... Continue Reading →
My father was a WWII veteran, leaving college as a freshman after Pearl Harbor, enlisting, embarking for North Africa about the same time his daughter, my sister, was born, and not coming home to see his daughter until just before VE Day. He liked to brag, after he’d had a few, that I was born nine months to the day after he came home.
Everything I knew about my dad’s service in North Africa, Sicily and Italy, I heard from my ... Continue Reading →