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Honoring John McCain

“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.” 
John McCain,  Character Is Destiny

Cindy La Ferle


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I’ve spent a good part of the weekend watching news documentaries on the life of American senator John McCain. Though I didn’t vote for him when he ran for president, I have always admired him. A man who rose above partisan politics, McCain embodied courage, decency, moral fortitude, intelligence, and integrity — qualities that are desperately missing from American politics today. 

McCain kept his ego in check, doing what he thought was best for his country. Yet he didn’t demand respect because he held a political office. He earned our respect because he lived respectfully and selflessly — and treated others with respect. 

While Democrats and Republicans are stubbornly divided, making our country more polarized than ever, we can agree that McCain conducted his decades of public and military service with dignity, class, and honor. He was a rare example of a great statesman, in the true sense of the term, and he will be missed. ~Cindy La Ferle

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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