(Not a) Coal Miner’s Daughter

Posted May 3 2010 in

Listening to President Obama’s eulogy for the men lost in April’s mining disaster at the Massey mine in West Virginia last week reminded me of a my Dad’s (short) mining career. Like many Appalachians, my grandfather spent much of his working life mining coal. He died, at the age of 78, of Black Lung, the […]

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Slow and Odd

Posted Aug 24 2009 in

When Old Dog and I were dating, I lived in St. Paul and he lived here in Ohio. On weekends when we couldn’t figure out a way to get together, Old Dog would go visit my Dad on Sunday afternoons. He’d sit on the couch and listen to Dad reminisce about serving in Afghanistan and […]

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GI Joe Meets Rosie the Riveter

Posted Jun 3 2009 in

Today would have been my dad’s 95th birthday, so it seems like a good opportunity to tell the story of how my parents met. If you read War Stories the other day, you know that Dad served in Afghanistan and Burma during WWII. In early 1943, following his medical discharge, he returned to Dayton, Ohio, […]

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War Stories

Posted May 25 2009 in

In honor of Memorial Day, I thought I’d share a couple of stories that my dad, who served during WWII in Afghanistan and Burma, used to tell. Dad was the best cook at our house, a skill he learned in the Army. During the war, food sometimes got so scarce, he said, that even C-rations […]

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