World War II—The Home Front in Highland Park

World War II—The Home Front in Highland Park

When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, I was three years old. Two years later, my silver-haired father, Verne Cummings, was drafted into the Army. He was thirty-five and the father of two. After basic training, Dad was assigned to Special Troops, Headquarters...
Cold Night

Cold Night

My feet are cold—the car is cold—the car sounds like a bucket of bolts Rolling down a hill— it’s so cold that my breath falls like ice from the roof And the dog tip-toes on the sidewalk—and the lake seems to breathe deeply Just as it freezes solid— and the crisp snow...
In Nomine Patris

In Nomine Patris

The year was 1933: FDR had just succeeded Herbert Hoover in the White House, the first episode of The Lone Ranger aired on the radio, Fay Wray co-starred with a giant mechanical gorilla in King Kong, and the chocolate chip cookie had just been invented. The young boy...