“In Their Boots” is a unique documentary series about the impact the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are having on people here at home. Every episode features a documentary depicting how America’s servicemen and women, their families, and our communities have been profoundly changed by our nation’s campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Thomas Wayne Fish is a native of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1992. Over the past 18 years Tom has personified the Marine Corps slogan Semper Fi. The slogan, meaning Always Faithful, is more than just a tagline for the Marines, it is a way of life.
On Stacy boulevard in Gloucester, Massachusetts stands a statue of a woman cast in bronze watching the sea for her husband’s safe return. Her two children are tucked by her side, gently nestled in the pleats of her skirt. She is a memorial to the fishermen in the community, and to their families who watched and waited for their safe return. Each time I see her, I see my sister in her face.
Patriotic photo montage by contributors Jack Wagner, Ben Johnson, Joe Gallo, and Gary and Robin Danahy.
A man was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake. They didn’t look like much, but they intrigued the man, so he took the bag out of the cave with him.
Leominster is a city of about 45,000 people located in northern central Massachusetts. It is 20 minutes north of Worces- ter, and about 30 minutes south of the New Hampshire border. It has the feel of both a city and a town.
Leominster is a peculiar city. There are parts of it that actually look like a city with apartment complexes and tenement housing.
I have a friend at work we call “Johnny Sportsman,” Johnny for short. I was whining that I haven’t gone fishing since moving to Nevada because I really didn’t know where to go. Well, Johnny had an aluminum boat and offered to take me fishing with him to a reservoir where we could catch a bucket load of crappie and maybe some trout.
The Genesee Valley, Indian paradise, birthplace of utopian dreams and projects, has no more colorful edifice than the National Hotel at Cuylerville, New York. This famous inn and tavern has incurred many incarnations in its lifetime, including Underground Railway Station, dance hall, town hall, speakeasy, Sunday school and, currently, a fine-dining tavern.
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten year-old Irish wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners -- Ron, his wife, Lisa and their little boy, Shane -- were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
Follow your GPS to the corner of Sleepytime Drive and Zinger Street and you will arrive at the home of Celestial Seasonings. Celestial Seasonings was founded in 1969 by a visionary group of young entrepreneurs with an ambitious goal - to make the world a better place by sharing their knowledge of the truly amazing health benefits of herbs. They were determined to find success while making their new company “an example that business can work in peace and harmony with the planet.”