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Lebanese Civil War

Perhaps it was growing up in the Southwest. Perhaps it was seeing my father struggle with unwanted exile from his country during the Lebanese Civil War, or the endless early morning phone calls that punctuated our sleep with the death of a loved one due to gunfire and bombs. I don’t know the exact reason, but Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving afflict me with an intense holiday sadness. It is difficult not to count up bodies at a time when I am meant to reflect

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