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14 February

This morning at 3:53 AM my beloved husband, Arnie, gave me his daily Valentine of love. He turned over in a sleepy manner, so familiar in a comfortable marriage, and simply said, “I love you.” It came from the quiet depths of his heart. He is the beautiful gift and joy of my life. Every […]


08 February

The CAT: Feline, bobcat, cheetah, cougar, grimalkin, jaguar, kitten, kitty, leopard, lion, lynx, malkin, mouser, ocelot, panther, puma, puss, pussy, tabby, tiger, tom, tomcat, feline animal, and a domesticated pet. These are merely definitions from a book. Not from the hearts of  cat owners. Any cat owner will have their own set of words to […]


05 February

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. I begin looking and hunting almost right after Christmas, gazing for those tender, sweet, precious, and glorious buds on the barren spindly boughs and limbs of the trees. I watch carefully and with the attention of a small child at the window, waiting to go […]

She toured Vietnam with USO, now shares vets’ cancer battle

11 November

By Susan Abram, Staff Writer @ dailynews.com   She began her journey alone, armed only with mountains of documents, photographs, maps and letters that she thought proved the rare cancers she suffered from were linked to chemical exposure during the Vietnam War. But for much of the two years Lesli Moore Dahlke has battled the federal government for […]

Life is Not All Hard Edges

05 September

(ENNIS, Mt.) – Many of our readers know me through my writing here at Salem-News.com about my plight, challenges and struggles with Agent Orange exposure. I unknowingly received extensive exposure during Christmas 1970 in Vietnam during a USO Tour. I value the support I have received from many of our read­ers. I appreciate the comments— […]