Bloodlines

English poet Anne Lawrence Bradshaw reflects on her grandfather’s World War II service and its impact on her father.

My Father Buys a Ballroom in Shanghai, China, 1944

Lois Roma-Deeley shows how our parents can surprise us in this poem, which is a “war story” in every sense of the term.

Is the Hitler Comparison Fair to Presidential Candidates?

Before laying down the “evil Hitler” gauntlet to stop the debates, let’s take a look at history.

The Man who Began Campaigning Against #OscarsSoWhite 74 Years Ago

Nodding heads and vague plans haven’t worked so far. It’s time for movie viewers to demand a change.

Germany’s Official Remembrance Policy of the Holocaust

If you are looking for an example of how even the uncomfortable parts of history should be acknowledged, look no further.

The Hero You’ve Never Heard Of and What His Story Means in Our Times

His last message before being executed in July, 1943 was, “Let it be known that homosexuals are not cowards.”

My Father Tells a Story About Beauty

Hayden Saunier shares a story of Christmas past, the power of compassion, and our capacity to heal.

Deacon Costen’s Handclap Joy

Award-winning poet Cyrus Cassells explores the difficult intersections of faith, family, and sexuality.

Delve into the Secret World of Intelligence – at Your Own Risk

If history and covert activity is something that inspires, this secret initiation is to die for – even if it won’t likely come to that.

When Does a War Truly End?

Thomas Pluck believes that wars battle on until everyone touched by them is dead. And on and on they go.

Choosing Love Over Fear

For this survivor of the Nazi concentration camps, accepting an American into the family meant letting go of hurt and rage.

Battle of Midway, photo 80-G-701843

Von Thompson brings out the horrors and human costs of World War II’s Pacific Theater.

Not Humming

Laura Foley uses brevity and simplicity to make a powerful impact in this prose poem.

The Year I Broke Through

High school senior and acting ace Jacob Sundlie didn’t let adversity break him. Instead, he learned to play the role of the survivor.

Bones

Von Thompson writes of the Pacific Island nation of Palau, haunted by the clash of Japanese and American forces during World War II.

A Memorial To My Father

Ben Dean shares the memory of his father on this past memorial day, and discusses part of his father’s life that had never been discussed before.