Thanks, Armed Services

Paul C. Harper, Jr., 1943, Captain in the Fleet Marine Force on Iwo Jima (age 23!)

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And yesterday, during a speech at his assisted living facility (age 92!)…

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…”Iwo Jima was our last battle: from there we went to Guam to prepare for the invasion of Japan, scheduled for November. It came as a great relief that in the middle of August our radio operator started yelling at the top of his lungs, “It’s over! It’s over!”…Our next stop was home, with memories of the many great Marines and sailors with whom we had served…”
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Three reasons…

We started our move over the weekend, schlepping six suitcases filled with winter clothes and silverware to the right coast. For a brief moment in baggage claim at Newark (never again) Airport, we wondered why the hell we were making this move…

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It didn’t take long to come up with three good reasons…

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(No pressure, guys.)

For the love of it…

Thousands of practices. Buckets of sweat. Countless strokes. Hours of pain. A few great personal achievements. But in the end, more losses than wins.

Which makes today’s victory, in his last regular season race, all the sweeter.

quinn with cupThe trophy is fine and all, but the real prize is a shirt from the losing Team…

quinninsyracuseshirtWe’re happy for the win, of course, but we’re proudest of the way he has worked so hard, for so long.  And all for the love of it.

Loyal Soles

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I watched my partner lace up these shoes every day of our 152 mile hike in  Spain and almost every day since, before our morning hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains. In a year that started with goodbye to our youngest and will continue with goodbyes to our home and California, I could only barely tolerate letting the sanitation truck take these loyal soles away…

In each other’s company…

When the chicks were all in the nest, we took our connection for granted because we spent so much time in each other’s company.

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Now that they’ve flown, we have to find new ways to stay connected while we’re far apart.

Exhibit A: This missive from Quinn arrived in each of our inboxes this morning…

Too bad Sylvie doesn’t get email ’cause she would REALLY appreciate his technique.