Grab Life by the Horns…

I never met Major Chuck Creech and for that I am most sorry.  I heard a lot about Chuck and his wife Sara from my sister Traci, who counts them among her most treasured friends.  Chuck was a military man who served our country with great pride and distinction.  He earned two Meritorious Service Medals for…

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Choices: Bitter or Better

May 28, 2010 Earlier this month, Sgt. Joe Bergeron, a 26-year veteran of the Maplewood Police Department, was memorialized after being executed in his squad car. He is survived by a large family and many in law enforcement who are mindful that, on any given day, they could suffer the same fate. Such a cold-blooded…

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Time to Make a Decision

April 16, 2010 I never thought of myself as a pet person. I was the last among my dog-crazy siblings to acquire one and did so only after my daughter Julia launched a relentless campaign that ended when we fell in love with a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Our life with Sara began with an…

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A Road Map to a Life Well-Lived

March 12, 2010 It’s curious how we live life in denial, disregard, or even defiance of the one thing that is certain to occur to all. Death. It’s been 12 weeks since I got the phone call I’d strangely never anticipated. My husband, Ted, bearer of seven stents and survivor of a previous heart attack,…

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Tony Snow: One of the Good Guys

July 16, 2008 The phone rang early on Saturday morning, waking me from a restless sleep. Friday ended with concerns about our daughter being at a western Wisconsin lake that was potentially in the path of a tornado. So when I answered the phone and heard my brother say, from 1,500 miles east, that he…

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Family Planning for the Worst Case Scenario

August 10, 2007 I had been ruminating about death for days before I saw the images of the I-35W bridge jutting out of the mighty Mississippi at grotesque angles. Just two weeks earlier, I had experienced my own close encounter, having T-boned a vehicle whose driver was also chatting on her cell, then striking a…

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