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P. Araya

Pablo Araya grew up in Naperville and enjoys writing about his experiences in the Navy, the FBI and growing up in the best town around. Contact Pablo at boblow9913@gmail.com.

Sophie’s big adventure begins

In February 2020, my youngest daughter, Sophie, landed in Madrid to begin her big post college adventure—teaching English abroad. She had no real plans...

Rescue at sea on the night before Christmas

The moon was so big, bright and full, we didn’t even need our flashlights to read the takeoff checklist. The sea was calm and...

Away for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 1985 was my first Thanksgiving spent away from family. I had recently completed my last phase of flight training at NAS North Island,...

The Tali-Bar

With Oktoberfest celebrations taking place around every corner, and each bar promoting their own version of a unique “drinking experience,” I can’t help but...

9/11 Memories

Above / Commemorating Naperville native Naval Commander Dan Shanower who died in the attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, the granite marker is among the...

Start training for the VFW Judd-A-Thon

It was the final steps of the workout that seemed to literally crush my soul. It was early June, and I knew I would...

Celebrating the American Dream

July Fourth always reminds me how much my parents sacrificed for their pursuit of the American Dream. In 1960, at the age of 32,...

School’s out for summer

The second hand on the clock above the chalkboard seemed to tick backwards. It was the last day of school at Highlands Elementary, which...

Operation Red Wings

The 9/11 attacks forced our military to devise new and innovative techniques to defeat Taliban and Al Qaida Forces operating in Afghanistan. Gen. Stanley...

Fool me once…

I was at work when Alex, my middle daughter, called. I knew immediately something was wrong from the way she said, “Daddy.” Hesitantly, but stoically...