War in Afghanistan, Life of the Combat Soldier

Korengal Valley, Tim Hetherington

When Biden announced in April that he was upholding Trump’s agreement to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, I decided that I would check out War, by bestselling author Sebastian Junger. I’ve long known of Junger’s work as a war correspondent, and I was glad to finally give this book…

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Read-Along, The Archipelago of Another Life, Part IV

Shantar Islands National Park

In April, I joined fellow blogger, Emma from Words And Peace, in reading a work of contemporary French fiction, L’Archipel d’une autre vie, by Andreï Makine. We invited people to read along with us in French or English and set up a schedule to read one-quarter of the book every…

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Part II of My Fabulous Visit to the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Arreau, Hautes-Pyrénées

Last month, I went on a road trip to Washington DC with one of my daughters. It was our first significant outing together since early 2020. It felt great to be out of the house and DC was the perfect setting to spread our wings since we’re both interested in…

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National Museum of Women in the Arts, Hidden Gem in Downtown DC

Sheep by the Sea

In April, my daughter Rita and I took a trip to Washington DC. We’d received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. It was spring break, during her last and horribly trying year of public school, and we were itching to get out of the house. A day before we left,…

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Mila, French Teen Who’s Life was Destroyed by Social Media

Yesterday Torture

As a mother of 3 young adults who grew up with social media, this story provides the kind of anecdote that reinforces my worries about online forums. Since January of 2020, a French teen named Mila has received daily threats against her life as well as thousands of threats of…

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My Mother’s Perspective on Citizenship When She Was My Daughters’ Age

Georgia Newell, 1940

With Mother’s Day on the horizon, I thought I would welcome my first guest author to my blog: my mother, Georgia Neubrecht. My mom passed away nearly 19 years ago, just a few months before my twin daughters were born. I’ve tried to instill in my children the values that…

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