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Sat May 28, 2011
The Impact of War

A Last Gift: Father Finishes Book After Son's Death

Army Staff Sgt. Darrell Griffin Jr. was killed in March 2007 in Iraq by a sniper.
Courtesy of Darrell Griffin Sr.

It's been more than four years since Army Staff Sgt. Darrell Griffin Jr. was killed while serving in Iraq. When he died, he had been collaborating with his father on a book about the war.

Standing next to his son's grave, Darrell Griffin Sr. translates the abbreviated carvings of the headstone. Etched in the white marble, they remind you of an ancient language. First are the letters B-S-M-V.

"What that stands for is bronze star metal with valor," he says. "And PH is Purple Heart, KIA is killed in action."

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Fri May 27, 2011
Music Interviews

A Cellist Is Chosen, And Challenged

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein.
Jamie Jung

If there's such a thing as cello mojo, Alisa Weilerstein has it. Not only did she make her Carnegie Hall debut at age 15 and perform for President Obama in 2009, but last year she was also chosen by conductor Daniel Barenboim to perform the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic.

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Fri May 27, 2011
Music Interviews

Daphne Willis: All In The Family

Daphne Willis' new album is titled Because I Can.
Lauren Dukoff

Daphne Willis seems to be on the verge of something big. Her debut album, What to Say, helped her build critical and commercial momentum last year. She moved from Chicago to Nashville. She surrounded herself with new talent. She began to write more of her own music. And, this spring, Willis put out her second album, Because I Can.

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Fri May 27, 2011
Garden Report

May is a Busy Time for Farmers

Photo from www.nativehillfarm.com

May is a busy month for community supported agriculture farmers.  They are harvesting over-wintered greens, planting new crops and trying to make ends meet.  I visited Native Hill Farm to see what life is like on their farm.

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Sat May 21, 2011
Simon Says

Pomp And Circumstance And Tried But True Clichés

It's graduation season. Politicians, philanthropists, philosophers and movie stars fan out for the next few weeks to give commencement speeches: Bill Clinton was at NYU on Wednesday, Stephen Colbert goes to Northwestern in three weeks, Tom Hanks visits Yale tomorrow. I wonder if Mr. Hanks can resist saying, "Life is like a box of chocolates . . ."

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