Were They Premonitions or Manifestations?

Photo by author (Joyce O'Day) of her backyard. Many of my childhood and adult thoughts and visions became my reality Throughout my life, random thoughts I briefly contemplated came to pass as real-life situations. In some cases, they were what I actively wished for; in other cases, they were merely situations I pondered, but did … Continue reading Were They Premonitions or Manifestations?

Please Stop Saying “Retarded” or Calling People a “Retard”

Family photo of author and her brother Harvey circa 1969. These are hurtful words that cut deep The words “retard” and “retarded” are almost never used in context. Instead, these terms are used to get a laugh, make an insult, or insinuate that someone or something is stupid. Unless you have a relative with a … Continue reading Please Stop Saying “Retarded” or Calling People a “Retard”

Meeting a Member of the Hitler Youth

In his last official photo, Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) leaves the safety of his bunker to award decorations to members of Hitler Youth. (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images) Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hitler1945.jpg It forever changed my life During the mid-2000s, when I was lecturing on Nazi Germany to students in my 10th grade World History class, a … Continue reading Meeting a Member of the Hitler Youth