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“Like Father Like Son” by Douglas Mcguire

A touching poem about a military family

The poem I chose today, “Like Father Like Son” pays tribute to Memorial Day in the United States. It is the day when Americans honor the men and women who gave their lives in the service of their country. We celebrate … Continue reading

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Memorial Music: “Taps” by Major General Daniel Butterfield

One of the most prolific funeral songs in American history that brings back childhood memories of camp

When it comes to funeral music, there is one haunting melody that reigns supreme in the minds of Americans. Having origins in the 1800s, Taps goes by many names, including Day Is Done, Lights Out, Extinguish Lights and Butterfield’s Lullaby. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel on aging, Christianity and the mysteries of life and death

There’s too much to praise in Marilynne Robinson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead. Such luminous beauty and spiritual verve, as always sought but rarely seen, rewards the reader who opens this story based in Gilead, a small, fictional town in Iowa. A novel … Continue reading

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The Holiday Spirit

The poem that inspired "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" carries an important message

Photo Credit: wallpaperhere.com You’ve probably heard the Christmas carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” at some point (maybe even this Christmas season), but did you know that it was inspired by a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow? The … Continue reading

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