One fall day in Guthrie, Okla., Glenda Porter was preparing to call her younger sister to wish her a happy birthday. But before she could dial the number, her phone rang. It was Angie, the wife of her son, Sgt. Rusty Dunagan, who was deployed to an undisclosed location in southwest Asia.
"She asked me if I was sitting down, and I just started crying," Glenda, 55, tells The Unknown Soldiers. "I said, 'Just tell me he's alive."
This is the call that she, and every military mom with a son or daughter overseas, dreads beyond imagination.
While the most visible effects of spring are plants that are blooming, especially the colorful ones, plants arenâ€™t the only the things that increase their activity levels as the weather moderates and the days get longer.
Since all animals in some way or another depend on the life cycles and activities of plants for food, when plants become more active, so do the animals that depend on them for food and/or shelter.
Iâ€™ve always loved dogs, but have taken them for granted. No matter how annoying they can be, I believe God game them to us as companions and protectors. You donâ€™t know how much you depend on and love your animal until you lose it. We had a beautiful Australian shepherd â€“ Sandy - the first dog we raised as a family until August of 2010. In fact, we lost her on the kidsâ€™ first day of school. She was run over just a couple of hours after we took our kids to school.
There is no sense trying to anticipate what gas prices will be tomorrow â€“ they seem to be rising so rapidly that no one can keep up with them. Some economists are speculating that, by the end of the year, most households will have spent 25% more than they did last year, simply due to the cost of gasoline for their cars. Unfortunately, their income will not have risen by that amount, so American debt is poised to rise again.