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Throughout my lifetime, I have always looked forward to inauguration day. Whether my preferred candidate had succeeded or not, this unique in the world peaceful transition of power held a certain democratic beauty. Even if a new president's ideology did more
“Oh,” Carol said with a resigned sigh, “I was hoping to get one more night.” That was out of the question unless I wanted to get the ornaments out of the box and start redecorating. We … more
Presidents when they leave office become marble men of American history. Of the 43 men who have served as Commander N' Chief (Grover Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms, therefore he counts as two), some have left stellar legacies of innovation more
It's better to give than to receive. I remember hearing that saying as a child and wondering what people were thinking. Had they not had the joy of birthday and Christmas presents? Had their parents not insisted, as my parents did, that my sister and I more
By HERB WEISS Almost two months ago when GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump trounced his Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton and his party took control of both chambers of Congress. Trump's surprising victory stunned both voters and political more
Pomp and circumstance, passionate promises and astronomical aspirations flew flamboyantly around the chamber as state reps and senators were sworn in and set positions for individual recognition. The over-sized, over-blown structure of our unnecessarily more
The sky was brightening. It was the first day of the New Year and we had already been to Green Airport to drop off my daughter Diana and her daughter, Natalie, to catch a 7 a.m. flight to Chicago, where they would connect with another flight to Jackson, more
2016 saw our nation upside down in search of change for change's sake and a globe rife with terror and uncertainty. As a result, a modern day carnival barker ascended to the presidency, England voted to abandon the European Union to its detriment and the more
The dining room was packed. Erica had arranged for the grownups to be seated at the main table. A card table was set up to the side for the four kids. Christmas is supposed to be like this, packed with family and packed with gifts and food. We'd more
Most of us of Christian faith believed in the light, magical Santa Claus. My realization that there was no Santa happened on the day before Easter when I was seven years old. Friends and I were playing hide and seek in our house, and my hiding space of more
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