The Men of Honor of Unity House, Chapter 23 – a novel for our times

By Bruce A. Smith

The Men of Honor if Unity House is a novel based upon my experiences as a therapist at a foster care facility for young men coping with sexual assault charges. In 2001, during the Anthrax scare that followed 9-11, my agency’s director and I mapped out a plan for how we would deal with our men, aged 12-18, if we had to go into lockdown in the event of a local terrorist attack. The following pages are based upon those discussions.

The plot so far: A 2-kiloton suitcase nuke has exploded in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the staff of Unity House form the Men of Honor Society for two purposes: One, to keep the twelve teen-aged boys of Unity House busy and not fighting each other, and two, to act as a rescue group to the local neighborhood. Due to the destruction and radiation, the police and army can not get into this section of Worcester. The people living on Marion Avenue and Plantation Street only have the Men of Honor aiding them.

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Chapter 23

Day Five, 3pm

Following Montoya’s instructions, the first deuce and half backed up to our main entry at the Commons room.  Ryan and TT were ready to receive it, while Naleef and I stayed outside since we were wearing our rad suits, and we helped in the transfer while the other soldiers were hooking-up the all-important water lines.

In two hours, we had the cargo trucks and Humvees unloaded.  Naleef and I took off our rad suits in the portal to take a break, and when we walked inside Unity House, we didn’t recognize the place.

The Commons room was turned into a twenty-five-bed hospital ward with another thirty cots downstairs in the basement.  The dining room was transformed into a surgical operation theater.   

Stacked and packed. Continue reading

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The Men of Honor of Unity, Chapter 22 – a novel for our times

By Bruce A. Smith

The Men of Honor if Unity House is a novel based upon my experiences as a therapist at a foster care facility for young men coping with sexual assault charges. In 2001, during the Anthrax scare that followed 9-11, my agency’s director and I mapped out a plan for how we would deal with our men, aged 12-18, if we had to go into lockdown in the event of a local terrorist attack. The following pages are based upon those discussions.

The plot so far: A 2-kiloton suitcase nuke has exploded in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the staff of Unity House form the Men of Honor Society for two purposes: One, to keep the twelve teen-aged boys of Unity House busy and not fighting each other, and two, to act as a rescue group to the local neighborhood. Due to the destruction and radiation, the police and army can not get into this section of Worcester. The people living on Marion Avenue and Plantation Street only have the Men of Honor aiding them.

Chapter 22

 Day Five, 1pm

I was in the kitchen fixing tuna sandwiches for lunch when a Gator pulled up with TT and Trey on it, both of them wearing rad suits. Through the window I saw TT put his arm around Trey’s waist, and help him walk into the main portal.

“What’s wrong?” I shouted, running to the door.

“Trey’s sick,” replied TT, pulling off his helmet. “Help me get Trey out of his rad suit and put him to bed. He’s really weak, and he’s having trouble walking.”

Trey was wobbly and semi-conscious, and said nothing as we escorted him down the south corridor to his room. We gently laid him down on his bed and pulled blankets over him. His eyes had a glazed look. Continue reading

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The Men of Honor of Unity House – a novel for our times – Chapter 21

By Bruce A. Smith

The Men of Honor if Unity House is a novel based upon my experiences as a therapist at a foster care facility for young men coping with sexual assault charges. In 2001, during the Anthrax scare that followed 9-11, my agency’s director and I mapped out a plan for how we would deal with our men, aged 12-18, if we had to go into lockdown in the event of a local terrorist attack. The following pages are based upon those discussions.

The plot so far: A 2-kiloton suitcase nuke explodes in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the staff of Unity House from the Men of Honor Society for two purposes: One, keep the twelve teen-aged boys of Unity House busy and not fighting each other, and two, to act as a rescue group to the local neighborhood. Due to the destruction and radiation, the police and army can not get into this section of Worcester. The people living on Marion Avenue and Plantation Street only have the Men of Honor aiding them.

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Graham resident – Gina Blanchard-Reed – Candidate for WA State Senate in 2nd LD

By Bruce A. Smith

Gina Blanchard-Reed, a long-time resident of Graham and currently a Commissioner of the Graham Fire and Rescue Department, is running for the State Senate seat being vacated by Senator Randi Becker (R), who is retiring. Continue reading

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DB Cooper researcher looking for a Cooper $20 in ciculation

Special to the Mountain News

Editor’s Note:

Eric Ulis, noted DB Cooper researcher, is initiating a project to locate any DB Cooper $20 bills that may still be in circulation, or “hiding in Aunt Sally’s attic in Kansas City,” as Eric phrased it to me in a conversation today. If you’ve got one, he’ll give you $25,000 for it, pending authentication. Continue reading

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A Covid Journal, Day 61, Sunday, May 10, 2020 – Mother’s Day – and Getting Through Covid

By Bruce A. Smith

Happy Mother’s Day, everyone. I just talked with my Mom in New York, and she continues to “hang in there.” My sister was with her, as she was giving my Mom’s caregiving team a few days off. Sis feels safe enough these days to leave her home in Brooklyn and drive the twenty-five miles to Mom, doing grocery shopping along the way. But that’s it. No one else goes in my Mom’s house, and she doesn’t go outside.

The severity of Covid in New York was brought close to home this week when NY Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed that nursing homes have under-reported Covid deaths by 1700 statewide, and the number one place for that data failure was Mom’s rehab center: Parker Jewish, in New Hyde Park.

“I guess I got out of there just in time,” she said when I told her today. Her tone was matter-of-fact, too, which surprised me. Continue reading

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Yanah G. Cook running for Pierce County Council, District 3

By Bruce A. Smith

Yanah G. Cook, a Democrat who resides in McKenna, is seeking the seat at the Pierce County Council for District 3, the region that encompasses all of South Pierce County.

This chair is being vacated by Jim McCune, who is termed-limited and now running for Washington State Senate in the 2nd Legislative District. Cook is challenged by GOP candidate Amy Crouver, who was McCune’s long-time executive assistant.

Although District 3 includes the Cities of Eatonville and Roy, and parts of the City of Orting, much of the district is comprised of rural, “non-incorporated” areas of Pierce County, such as Graham, Frederickson, and McKenna, along with Elbe and Ashford. As such, the councilmember who holds this office is the only elected official representing these residents at a local level. In effect, Ms. Cook is running to be the “mayor” of these areas. Continue reading

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