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Valentine: Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

Valentine: Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

Valentine Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir Without averting her eyes from the tabernacle, Baba brushed the top of Diane’s head with a kiss. The beads of her rosary slid through her knotted fingers, click, click. Over and over, she murmured her...

Battle buddies

Battle buddies

Battle buddies A note with the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaching and current events. As a long time Army wife, I’m not really surprised at the current chaos in the Middle East, and doubt most of those who served there or who’ve intimately supported the troops, is...

Black Loyalist:  Harry Washington

Black Loyalist: Harry Washington

Black Loyalist Harry Washington Survivor of slavery, war, and disease, Harry Washington spent his life fighting for the same rights his former owner, George Washington, did in the American Revolution. Born in West Africa and brought to America about 1760, Harry...

Patriot spy and enslaved African American: James Lafayette

Patriot spy and enslaved African American: James Lafayette

Patriot spy and enslaved African American James Lafayette Patriot spy and enslaved African American, James Lafayette, was instrumental in helping defeat the British during the American Revolution. Despite the British promising freedom to enslaved African Americans...

Monuments to our heroes: A Good River Blog honoring Juneteenth

Monuments to our heroes: A Good River Blog honoring Juneteenth

Monuments to our heroes Right before my 18th birthday I took my first flight from Cleveland to attend the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University in Minnesota. Upon arrival, while strolling through the freshman dorm’s foyer, I met Eric, a cadet a few years...

Unsung Patriot: William Lee

Unsung Patriot: William Lee

Unsung Patriot: William Lee An enslaved valet’s contribution to America’s fight for Independence Enslaved people contributed to America’s victory over the British in the Revolutionary War, including George Washington’s valet, William (Billy) Lee. Though documentation...

Ozzie: Remembering an Atomic Vet Memorial Day 2021

Ozzie: Remembering an Atomic Vet Memorial Day 2021

Ozzie Remembering an Atomic Vet Memorial Day 2021 Americans celebrate Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer. I believe the tradition of having summer fun with friends and family is also the best way to spend the long weekend. Based on my firsthand...

Excerpt from Boat Boy

Excerpt from Boat Boy

Excerpt from Boat Boy Based on the true story of a refugee boy's journey to freedom In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I want to recognize the contributions they’ve made to the United States by focusing on the personal story of a soldier I...

Good River Blog: Getting reacquainted with Ohio

Good River Blog: Getting reacquainted with Ohio

Good River Blog Getting reacquainted with Ohio Early memories of my childhood in Northeast Ohio revolve around days filled with imaginative free play and story-time. Me and brother John, adopted from Korea when we were both one, grew up as if were twins—at least that...

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