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Protecting Us From Evil

Mom was more conservative than Nancy Pelosi is liberal. The definition of conservative according to Merriam-Webster: an adherent or advocate of political conservatism; a member or supporter of a conservative political party; one who adheres to traditional methods or views; a cautious or … Continue reading

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Chapter 4, Continued.

The Vocabulary Lesson “Hey, Dana, are you a virgin?” blurts Jesse from across the lunchroom table. I look up from my mashed potato’s and gravy. She’s grinning. So are all the other fourth graders sitting around her. I have no … Continue reading

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Tail Gunner’s Daughter Chapter 4

“In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” – Tom Bodett Ping-pong balls sprayed the room like bullets as Mr. Wilson, a young, exuberant math enthusiast … Continue reading

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Tail Gunner’s Daughter: Chapter 3, Part 1

“Anything that hurts that much can’t possibly be fun.”  Ursula Dewey on snow skiing. When I was eight Dad decided we should all learn to snow ski. He enrolled us in ski classes at Snoqualmie Pass in the Cascade mountain … Continue reading

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The Tail Gunner’s Daughter – ch 2-continued

Embed from Getty Images   The needle pointed to 100 as Dad sped along the German autobahn. (This photo of the autobahn was not taken in 1967, but I wanted to add a picture, and because Dad had flown over … Continue reading

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The Tail Gunner’s Daughter: A Memoir

Part One: Privilege Chapter One A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is the Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature – Henry David Thoreau  I was drowning, and I … Continue reading

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Parent-Able: Seven Strategies for Raising a Physically Disabled Child Without Going Insane

Origin Story The Corpsman tried to stick monitor leads on my swollen abdomen as I crawled on all fours on the table alleviating the agony of childbirth. “Ma’am,” he said in a southern drawl, “You have to lie on your … Continue reading

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