A veteran’s shattered soul needs more than flowers

A veteran’s shattered soul needs more than flowers

A veteran’s shattered soul needs more than flowers I heard it firstThe hummingbirdThen saw it Backlit by the setting sun it hoveredSnatching insects from the airMy hardened heart thus openedIt’s message given and received Shattered souls and hummingbirdsMore...
Love Breaks the Chain of Violence

Love Breaks the Chain of Violence

Love breaks the chain of violence. My experience as an infantry sergeant in the Vietnam War has blessed me with the belief that It is not enough to feel compassion and love. I must be compassionate and perform acts of love because love breaks the chain of violence....
My Mom, my Dad and Me

My Mom, my Dad and Me

It was deep in the winter of 1995. Mom was at the end of a long illness. She was dying. We called for the parish priest. He came and administered last rites. When the priest left, I was sitting with Mom, and she said, “I must be pretty bad if the priest came. I must...

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