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Rosario: Book about a ‘lost’ combat veteran now found is a grim but moving read.,204,203,200_.jpg

  • Lost Man Found, Crime, Punishment & Growing a Soul is a story of internal anarchy, external evils, and a hard-won peace.
  • Related: Honoring All Those Scarred by War

Rubén Rosario, Saint Paul (MN) Pioneer Press

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/ April 28, 2019 | Mike Ricci of St. Paul was undergoing a middle-age, purpose-of-life examination of conscience a few years ago. His personal finances were hardly the problem — he was a successful principal partner for a half-billion-dollar-plus wealth management firm. But a very close friend and client had died of a brain tumor, and before that, his late mother was mired in the tragic grip of Alzheimer’s disease.

“It was through these struggles that I began to wonder what life was truly all about,” Ricci recalled last week. “I would ask myself, what is it we are here to do? What is my purpose and what was it that I was supposed to be doing?” / From smoking crack in a Harlem drug den for a front-page exposé to covering the deaths of 86 people in a Bronx social club fire, Rubén Rosario spent 11 years as a writer for the New York Daily News before joining the Pioneer Press in 1991 as special correspondent and city editor.

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Honoring All Those Scarred by War, Cynthia Orange, I Married the War <>

Cynthia Orange ponders Memorial Day and its far-reaching meaning. Cynthia’s work stems from her own personal experience as the wife of a combat veteran.

May 21, 2019 | History tells us that the two major events we observe in May—Memorial Day and Mothers’ Day—are both linked to the Civil War. In 1868, May 30 was originally called “Decoration Day,” a day to decorate the graves of soldiers who lost their lives in that bloodiest of our nation’s wars. And in 1870, five years after the Civil War ended, Julia Ward Howe conceived Mothers’ Day as a day in which mothers could come together and protest their sons killing other mothers’ sons. It seems our wise ancestors gleaned how important it is to acknowledge the inevitable grief, loss, and cries of women that burst forth in the wake of war. Any war.

Each Memorial Day, I am reminded of the famous lines from Archibald MacLeish’s poem, “The Young Dead Soldiers:”

The young dead soldiers do not speak. . . . They say: Our deaths are not ours; they are yours; they will mean what you make them. They say: Whether our lives and our deaths were for peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say; it is you who must say this. They say: We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning. We were young, they say. We have died. Remember us. / Cynthia Orange, author, wife of a combat veteran

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