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Emerald’s Gem Box: Respect For Parents And Adults – And The Lack Of It

It totally amazes me the lack of manners being taught to our youth. Manners that I so affectionately call “home-raising.” I have always teased by saying that I learned how to say “Yes Ma-am” and “Yes Sir” before I learned to say “Mama” and “Daddy.” Although it is said in jest, I know that my “Ma-am” and “Sir” and “Thank You” and “Please” didn’t come far behind in my teachings. Manners and respect for adults were taught first, and foremost, by my parents. (And it all went hand in hand…

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National Security: Skin Cancer

Every now and then, I’ll write about a topic that isn’t national security oriented, and this is one of those times. I’ve been thinking about the issue of skin cancer from personal experience and want to share with you what I have learned. I’ve been dealing with various forms of skin cancer for thirty years since I turned 40. I was set-up for this problem. My ancestry is northern European, so I have a light complexion, blue eyes, and freckles. I grew up in Florida and spent a lot of…

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From the sunny side… Leave ’em laughing

I heard something the other day that made me raise an eyebrow. I heard that First Lady Melania Trump was excoriated for smiling once during Barbara Bush’s funeral. The nerve of some people. For someone to actually smile during a funeral service! Strange, but I thought a funeral was supposed to be a celebration of a life. Sure, a funeral is a solemn occasion, even sad, but I don’t see anything wrong or disrespectful if there is a bit of humor there as well. Not that I plan to leave…

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Passing Parade: The Greatest Generation

Nelson A. Pryor: Guest Columnist At the end of May, the New York Historical Society will celebrate President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Jan. 6, 1941, Four Freedoms speech to Congress, which was given as a reason to enter into the war. Right now, the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Ma., has organized a traveling exhibition, entitled “Enduring ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms,” to exhibit the four Freedoms images. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Rockwell’s indelible works, Smithsonian, the magazine, will also celebrate with its own showings. A Big…

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