Most are familiar with the heartwarming videos of a child in a classroom or at a sporting event surprised by the unexpected return of a parent serving in the military overseas. What those videos don't show is the struggle many families undergo after years of separation. Martha Teichner takes a look at the toll war takes on the children of warriors.
A large mural in the Michigan State football building pays tribute to the unforgettable play T.J. Turner made in a 28-24 upset of No. 1 Ohio State in 1998 – a crunching fourth-and-1 stop of Joe Montgomery to help the Spartans preserve victory.
Visiting the King County Juvenile Detention Facility I couldn’t help thinking of the words of poet Robert Frost. In my own life I believe it was an early education in poetical metaphor that helped me to grapple with and make sense of all the difficult and traumatic things that were to come. That’s why it was heartening to see the kids in the facility writing poetry and making use of metaphor to grapple with the difficult knowledge brought on by their experience. Continue reading →