Family Archaeologist

On Jan. 23, 1943, my uncle, Frank Ebner Gartz, (photo in uniform, above) reported to the draft board in Chicago...

Christmas, 1957-Paul, Linda, and Billy

Seeing Santa

My online friend, Shirley Hershey Showalter, inspired me to write this post about a favorite Christmas memory. I signed up to...

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Martin Luther King’s Dream and Chicago’s West Side

Fifty years ago today, on August 28th, 1963, millions of Americans listened to Martin Luther King’s poetic demands for racial justice. Whites...

Facing Death: A Veteran’s Day Tribute

Facing Death: A Veteran’s Day Tribute

This Veteran’s Day, I’m remembering two relatives who each served in one of the two world wars. World War II...

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