#2. BIRTH (Part 2): I was born at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. Parkland was where John F. Kennedy and his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald (not to mention Harvey's killer, Jack Ruby), took their final breaths. Many years after my birth, my little sister was a medical student at the University of Kansas. Her area of … Continue reading What About Mark? #2: Birth (Part 2)
Veterans Day: A Personal View and My “American” Month
Today we celebrate the American holiday of Veterans Day, established back in 1919 to honor those brave men (and, later, women) who have served in our armed forces. It's one of one of the handful of days each year that I feel especially proud of my American heritage (one of the others -- Memorial Day … Continue reading Veterans Day: A Personal View and My “American” Month
Postcrossing: Received Card #13 + Sent Cards #9 and 10!
My incoming mail has returned to nothingness as it's been a couple of weeks since anything at all has arrived, the most recent of which was the postcard from China detailed below. Several items of mail I've sent also seems to have gone astray; a long letter I sent my sister in Kansas two months … Continue reading Postcrossing: Received Card #13 + Sent Cards #9 and 10!
Identity Crisis and Family History
Lately, I've been experiencing somewhat of an identity crisis. You see, I was adopted within a month of my birth in December 1965. I no longer have copies of the adoption papers or my birth certificate (and the latter is turning out to be as difficult to obtain as the former). I have never made … Continue reading Identity Crisis and Family History
Postcrossing: Received Cards #9, 10 and 11!
When it rains, it pours! After a bit of a dry-spell, there was a stack of mail on the lobby counter this morning as I was leaving for work. Among the mail were four postcards, three of them official Postcrossing cards and one was from my sister in America. One of these was actually a … Continue reading Postcrossing: Received Cards #9, 10 and 11!