When I was seventeen I meet the most confident, in a good way, girl possible. She was my girlfriend for about six months before she moved on up the line. She was always smiling and her confidence was infectious.

And even though, to put it brutally honest, she dumped me, I never regretted for a moment having known her, and even attended her wending ten years later without regret.

What little good that I learned in life, much of it I learned from being with her. Yes, she was beautiful for sure outwardly, but she had real beauty of strength inside that radiated outwardly through her personality.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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