Pat, who is going on 107 years old, says she was surprised that her difficulty breathing was caused by a heart problem, not her lungs.
By testing into Officers Candidate School when he enlisted to go to Vietnam, Doug Bekke achieved a lieutenants rank. That put the Army veteran, still a teenager himself, in a position of responsibility for soldiers who were no older than he was.
Francine Sterle is the author of 2006 book “Nude In Winter,” which was a finalist for the LA Times Book of the Year. She has also published two other books of poetry, and has appeared in such journals as Poetry International, North American Review, and Ploughshares. A daily reminder that, in Minnesota poetry matters, and Minnesota poets prove that every day.