We Regret to Inform You

We regret to inform you

By Rand Mills, co-author of Summer Wind: A Soldier’s Road from Indiana to Vietnam

Wars have many universal qualities. Recently, a friend of ours who is an army chaplain shared a story. His cell phone rang at 2:30 in the morning. He was told by his commanding officer to begin preparing to inform a family that their son had died in an army training accident. “I was picked up by a captain and we proceeded to drive several miles to the family’s home. As we traveled through the night, he and I went over the army protocol for informing civilians of a family member’s death. As we neared the house, my stomach tightened, and I felt sick. Then we arrived. I realized no protocol would ever suffice to completely help us or the people we were about to speak to deal with the crushing news we carried. Through a window, we caught a glimpse of the couple, going about their lives, unaware that in the next few seconds they would receive devastating information that would forever change their lives. The captain drew himself up, cleared his throat, and knocked firmly on the plain white wooden door.”

During the Vietnam War, this same sad traumatic ritual was repeated over fifty-eight thousand times. Much of that long ambivalent conflict occurred fifty years ago or longer, so that, unfortunately, the stories of those who died and the stories of the unbearable grief their family members endured have been muted by the passage of time. What were once living, powerful, and horrific tales told by and kept in the hearts of citizens about the war have rapidly begun to grow archetypical. Younger generations know the conflict only as the war we lost, unaware of the utmost bravery and sacrifice of both service men and their families.

We are baby boomers. Summer Wind: A Soldier’s Road from Indiana to Vietnam, based on powerful family letters, was written by us foremost as a story of cathartic sadness and healing for our generation. It is our hope too that in telling the story of Dick Wolfe and his family, some level of understanding about the Vietnam War beyond the brutal fighting—the war’s impact on families, communities, and friendships—might be available to all generations, and that all those who read the book will stop and pause for a moment whenever they see names of casualties from any war inscribed upon a monument, great or simple, and be moved to silent respectful meditation by the inscrutable mysteries and ongoing grief wrought by war.     


Randy Mills is a professor of the social sciences at Oakland City University. His articles have been featured in Connections: The Hoosier Genealogist, among others.

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Stretch Your Way to Better Health

Stretch Therapy

Stretch Therapy

Stretching is an important part of life. Doing it regularly keeps us flexible and agile. Stretch Therapy details the delightful realms of anatomy, physiology, and stretching! Included in the book are basic terms for you to become familiar with as you go through the chapters.  Each section opens with key words and thoughts that are important to the body areas that are being stretched.

The author, Emily A. Francis, focuses on breathing practices to help you gain full access to your breath. Slow and steady breathing as you stretch allows you to bring added heat to your muscles when you exhale. She also instructs you not to hold your breath during any of the stretches.

The book is filled with illustrations and color photographs demonstrating proper positioning for each stretch along with instructions. Included are individual stretches that range from floor, to standing, to chair stretched. There is also partner stretching with photos indicating the various stretches that are done with the aid of a partner.

“I am a primary care physician and I see many patients having problems with musculo-skeletal issues. This is especially true after the weekend. Many patients with these problems are “weekend warriors” or just took on too much to do, while with others it is an aggravation of an ongoing recurring problem. But overall regardless of whether the problems are weekend related or occurring regularly, there is no doubt that if these patients had stretched adequately prior to their efforts and on a regular basis, they would be in a far better situation. And this is why I recommend this book and encourage adequate stretching to patients.” ~ David M Reingold, M.D.

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About the Author

Emily A. Francis has a B.S. in Exercise Science and Wellness from Jacksonville State University with a minor in nutrition. She also wrote, The Body Heals Itself.

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