Category Archives: war

A reminder of why we can celebrate our independence

My regular running route takes me within a few yards of the final resting place of a local soldier who fought in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. This weekend, as we celebrate our nation’s independence, it seems appropriate … Continue reading

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‘What the Lord would want us to do’ in South Sudan

History is in danger of repeating itself in the African nation of South Sudan, where a generation ago a lengthy civil war killed an estimated 2.5 million people and displaced millions more. In 1987, 12-year-old John Dau and other young … Continue reading

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Photo project helps refugees know ‘their voice matters’

Thanks to a research project conducted by a public health graduate student, eight refugees living in Syracuse, NY, will show off their photography skills at an exhibition next month. But Rozlynn Jakes-Johnson’s project is about much more than photography. Rozlynn … Continue reading

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A premature ‘Last Lecture’: Time Wounds All Heels

Tomorrow I will send a letter to each of my three sons, ages 25 to almost 21. I started the letter in 2008, shortly after a good friend died in his sleep at age 52. My friend never married, never … Continue reading

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‘God bless Kyle’ and other moments from 2013

“Irish Investigations” has awakened my passion for writing and for telling stories that matter. Starting and feeding this blog has rekindled my spirit and my optimism. Along the way, I’ve met some people who are truly inspiring, and I’ve gotten … Continue reading

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Memorial of ‘The Forgotten War’ a must-see in DC

Each time I visit Washington, D.C. I run on the National Mall and stop to reflect at each memorial. I try, with limited success, to grasp the depth of what each represents. It is a humbling tradition that allows me … Continue reading

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