Donna Smaldone
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Thursday / March 23 / 2017

Jack: dying for the one you love

His smile would charm even the most cantankerous. “How did you possibly put up with him for nearly 60 years?,” I lovingly nudged, inquiring of his bride. She lay there, dying in the hospital bed placed in her home to cradle her. The next door neighbor I had only just met. Unwittingly. Just days before she took her last breath.  Read the full story…

Wednesday / May 02 / 2012

The culture of war: a personal nightmare

Corbie Sullivan (serving in Iraq)
Corbie Sullivan (serving in Iraq)

Today’s guest post comes to us from 26-year-old tattoo artist Corbie Sullivan. In addition to his tattoo art, Corbie currently works with mentally handicapped adults in upstate New York. But not so long ago, Corbie served in the Army Infantry for three-and-a-half years, spending 16 months in war-torn Mosul and Baghdad. “I joined the Army because every time I watched a non-fictional war movie or documentary about 9-11, I knew I wanted to contribute and do my part,” he tells me. He tells more — much more — in the up-close-and-personal essay he wrote several years ago. The essay, “The Culture of War Brings Jumble of Emotions” was published in The Post Star on Memorial Day 2009 and re-printed here with Corbie’s permission.

This young man is about to take your breath away…
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Tuesday / October 25 / 2011

Why you should process the pain of tragedy

Bow Bridge in Hadley, New York (Oct. 24, 2011)
Bow Bridge in Hadley, New York (Oct. 24, 2011)

For the first time in 25 years, I spent October 24th reflecting on the car accident as the accident, rather than my accident.

Early in the day, I penned a blog post about how that day affected the hearts of an entire community. Read the full story…

Monday / October 24 / 2011

Did you like it better when it was yesterday?

Did you ever like it better when it was yesterday? Wishing tomorrow wouldn’t come because of what it held or represented? (I see many of you nodding your heads because yesterday was still “the weekend” in this case!) Read the full story…

Sunday / October 16 / 2011

I remember everything except the actual crash

As I was sharing a craft beer and ahi tuna with a new friend last week, I found myself relating the story of the accident.

This October 24th will mark 25 years since that fateful afternoon. I remember it like it was yesterday. Every last detail. Read the full story…