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The Art of Circumvention

As children, we are masters at the art—or at least the attempt of—circumvention. Simply put, kids are in the business of getting what they want. Parents in the business of running block against some of those (often ill-planned) things that children want. Enter the Art of Circumvention. The child will either bypass the more “difficult”…

A Cut Above

My great-grandfather was an incredible man. He kept his family fed and clothed at the expense of hard physical labor and long hours—for menial pay. To the uninformed observer, he was simply another body in America’s vast sea of blue collar laborers. To those who knew him, he was an honorable, upstanding, hardworking man who…

The Price of Our Freedom

  There’s an iconic photo depicting a harried firefighter—helmet #28—in narrow, jam-packed stairwell. In the midst of chaos someone had the presence of mind to capture a tragic piece of our nation’s history. The day was September 11th, 2001. As terrified workers run past, the firefighter was running UP towards the inferno, not DOWN towards…