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Family & Friends

The Keenan Women: A Mother’s Day Reflection

By Amy K. Hughes
By Amy K. Hughes

Because the Keenan family ways are so familiar to me, it doesn’t really surprise me that my grandfather didn’t notice for nine entire months that his wife was pregnant—or that she hadn’t bothered to tell him. Times were tough in their household, and Grandma Lucy never did anything less than forge ahead.

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Family & Friends

Else Graupe, 1912–2007: A Mother’s Day Tribute

By Grace Graupe-Pillard
By Grace Graupe-Pillard

Sketching my mother as she lay in hospice, I drew the heavy lids framing the beautiful, once warily alert gray-green irises, the “yes” and “no” eyes, vividly etched into my memory, that my twin sister and I could bring to an outpouring of tears or a ray of pride . . .

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Books

Final Installment, Big Change Chronicles: An Amaryllis of Peace

By Agnes Krup
Late November On a Tuesday night, a couple of weeks after having moved into our new apartment, I found myself taking a swig from a wine bottle while balancing atop my three-step-ladder. Bits of cork got stuck between my teeth. As far as I could tell, this was The Pits, no matter that I was elevated by a few feet…
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Lifestyle

Final Installment Big Change Chronicles: Some Peace

By Agnes Krup
Late November On a Tuesday night, a couple of weeks after having moved into our new apartment, I found myself taking a swig from a wine bottle while balancing atop my three-step-ladder. Bits of cork got stuck between my teeth. As far as I could tell, this was The Pits, no matter that I was elevated by a few feet…
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Family & Friends · Lifestyle

The greatest Christmas gift ever

By Billie Brown
Except for the usual commercial ones, we had no special Christmas traditions in my family when I was a child. We didn’t even prepare our own dinner, since the head of the household, a career military man, was expected to show up, family in tow, to partake of the U.S. Army’s generic holiday spread at the officers’ mess. That was…
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News · Politics

Why Justice Sotomayor Made me Cry

By Diane Vacca
I really can’t explain why, but my eyes welled up as I watched Sonia Sotomayor take the Judicial Oath on Saturday to become the 111th Justice of the Supreme Court, the third woman and the first Hispanic to sit on that exalted bench. I cheered and applauded as she concluded, flanked by her brother and especially by her mother, the…
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