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Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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Chirps from the Sparrow



DEDICATED TO THOSE WE LOVE...

AND THOSE WE'VE LOST

 

 

"Well, you remember '68," Hannah said.  Her voice flowed to the cadence of the wind.  "What a magical year it started out to be.  Barnard replaced a broken heart, the nation marched for peace , fought for equality, Borlaug's disease-resistance wheat was going to feed the world! Remember that?  Obliterating hunger!  The Beatles, the Temptations… and then, that foreign turn.  I was writing a report and looked out the window.The school's flag was at half mast.  I thought, who died.  We had already lost two warriors, and so many troops in Vietnam where my brother was serving.   The principal shared the announcement over the speaker system:

 

I am sad to report, Robert Francis Kennedy is dead todayfrom gunshot wounds in Los Angeles, California.  He was shot at point-blank range… "                                       

 

We took a sip of our tea.  My hostess wiped mist from her eyes.  "So many felt humanity had died that day.  I can still hear that Eastern twang, waltzing with the crowds, that innocent face...quoting Shaw, You see things as they are and ask, "Why?" I dream things as they never were and ask, "Why not?"

 

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Thank you, Annam Manthiram and Joseph Michael Owens!


2010 was the year Annam and Joe came to the Sparrow and volunteered after we published their writing.  I can't thank them enough for their competence and kindness.  We dreamed together and made significant changes for the future of this little journal.  Vaya Con Dios.

 

Diane Smith