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Gone in a Puff: remembering when the world changed

Photo credit: Charlie Kelly, Associated Press As a child growing up during the Civil Rights Movement, I had been intentionally sheltered from the growing discord in hopes that it would “blow over” and life would get back to the 1950s version of normal. But progress would not be denied. My sister, who is 16 years my senior, was quite aware of the pivotal events going on in the world.  She had friends who went to Vietnam and never came back.  She had friends who marched for Civil Rights.  She knew...