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I have just been notified that my recent book is listed among "Top 10 Children's Books" in a list created by (or for) Time Magazine:

Top 10 copy

I am certainly in good company (including that of several friends) on that list. But throwing the whole enterprise into a dubious perspective is the awareness of what OTHER Top 10 lists Time is publishing:

for example: "Top 10 Scandals," which includes David Letterman and Tiger Woods; "Top 10 Untruths", which includes Balloon Boy;  "Top Songs," of which the first is "My Life Would Suck Without You" by Kelly Clarkson;  "Top 10 Fleeting Celebrities" (Susan Boyle; Octomom); and "Top 10 Feuds: (Gosselin vs. Gosselin).

You get the picture.

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ojimenez Monday, 29 November 1999

Our paper published a recent story about a "Marine Casualty Officer" charged with the duty of informing families of a loved-one's passing. In the story, she describes the difficult task of informing mothers, fathers, brothes, sisters, of their loved one's death. She goes on to describe how, in this case the Marines, go to extreme pains to prevent families from learning of a death from second-hand sources, or much worse, from TV or newspapers.
During the reporting process and interviews with families, it became evident that no amount of preparation, or intervention, can make such news less devastating to those affected. It was with this in mind that we decided to proceed with the story. We felt that the sacrifice many Military families are presently enduring during this difficult period in our country had to be acknowledged, and brought to the attention of those of us who never have had to open a door, or answer a call with news of our loved one's passing.
"And round that early-laurelled head
Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead,
And find unwithered on its curls
The garland briefer than a girl's."
A.E. Houseman

T. Crockett Monday, 29 November 1999

Of all the Memorial Day messages I've heard this weekend, this touched me the most. Maybe it was the focus on one family, maybe that wonderful photo of the two of you, or possibly the contrast of the two anniversaries. Whatever the reason, thank you for sharing your story.

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