A FOURTH TO REMEMBER

“A FOURTH TO REMEMBER” By Jennifer Rawlings   I LOVE the 4th of July. Just like Thanksgiving everyone is invited to the party regardless of religion. 1976 Bicentennial year- that was the grand poo- bah of all 4th of July’s . I was in elementary school. Busy learning fractions and state capitols. After school I Read More …

FOUNDING FATHERS IN THE DAYS OF COMEY

FOUNDING FATHERS IN THE DAYS OF COMEY BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS Like 20 million others I got up early to watch the Comey testimony on Thursday. I was glued to every single world. Two things stood out to me – as a mother of five and a wife. When I ask everyone else to leave the Read More …

BROKERS OF PEACE

Brokers of Peace- By Jennifer Rawlings 4:35am -I can’t sleep. It’s not a hot flash, it’s a broken heart. Another terrorist attack this time in London. Terrorism is defined as “the unlawful use of violence and intimidation , especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims” In the last two weeks dozens of terrorist Read More …

“Making Sandwiches…a remembrance of September 11th”

“MAKING SANDWICHES” By Jennifer Rawlings Sherman Oaks , California September 2001 5:45 am- Drats- I hate getting up this early. Can I push the snooze button for another three hours? Maybe the kids don’t need to go to the second day of school…..maybe…..oh whatever…I’ll get up and make the kids lunches. The house is quiet. Read More …

A HUNDRED YEARS OF WAR

A HUNDRED YEARS OF WAR BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS   A hundred years ago today on June 28, 1914 “the shot heard round the world” was fired. 19 year old, Serbian nationalist, Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Duchess Sophia while eating a sandwich. I am guessing it was cevapi ,purchased at a Read More …

“BEWARE, THE IDES OF MARCH”……PLEASE SHUT-UP SOOTHSAYER

“BEWARE, THE IDES OF MARCH”……PLEASE SHUT-UP SOOTHSAYER BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS You know how the saying goes from Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar” a soothsayer approaches Caesar in a crowd that includes Brutus, who will ultimately kill Caesar, and the soothsayer cries out to Caesar “Beware, the ides of March.” I have always hated this saying, and Read More …

THE FORGOTTEN SYRIA

THE FORGOTTEN SYRIA BY JENNIFER RAWLINGS Three years ago in the Spring of  2011 a group of  peaceful young protesters in Syria took to the streets demanding economic and political reform.  President Bashar al –Assad responded to the protests with deadly force. The conflict quickly turned into a civil war that has had grave consequences Read More …