Fences and Over 60 Million Veterans’ Gifts

Fences and Over 60 Million Veterans’ Gifts

Gifts are wonderful. We usually don’t know what they are until we receive them, they make us happy, and we don’t have to pay for them. But someone does. Millions of men and women, young and old, served this country and gave. Some lost their limbs—others’ their lives....
At Least 50 of Them (Not Pennies Either)

At Least 50 of Them (Not Pennies Either)

I went with my mom. She lived in California, and some of them were quite large. It was funny. I’d come to visit and she’d say, “Let’s go to the 99₵ store.” We’d whisk off and search our prize of the day. You may say, “Wait a...
What Was On Your Parents’ Beach?

What Was On Your Parents’ Beach?

Like a series of waves, life tumbles upon the beach of our souls. Surging, ebbing, trials, and tribulations wash ashore. But what do we allow to stay behind? We can glean analogies of struggles and tangled masses of seaweed, or the debris of unforgiveness lying about....
Small Beginnings

Small Beginnings

On August 7, 1914 at six in the morning, a child’s wail announced the arrival of my mother, Josefina Rivera. Her mother had given birth to seven children, one of which died, but families didn’t talk about life, and death back then. Mom was five when her mother, in her...