Blog Archives for category Military Life

Friendly persuasion: Why Mom was right

Back in the 1980s, when my mother’s favorite film aired on TV, she would try desperately to get our family… Continue reading »

What does riding the bus teach kids?

This month, many American military children home and abroad are boarding busses for their first, excited days of school. Despite… Continue reading »

One year out of the military, and the ride’s still not over

A year ago, my husband, Francis, stood on a stage before our family and friends in his Navy dress uniform… Continue reading »

A tale of two studies: What story would your space tell?

“Dear Lord,” I prayed recently while lifting another heavy cardboard book box from the pile left by the movers, “please… Continue reading »

Eee O Eleven, and Done

The day had finally come. Our eleventh, and last, military household goods move. The Navy’s final retirement gift after 28… Continue reading »

Heartbreak Fridge

The summer military moving season is upon us, which means it’s probably time to say good-bye to some very good… Continue reading »

The Poetry of ‘Taps’

One evening in 1981 while I was at summer camp, I took a deep breath, and blew a little too… Continue reading »

Birds, Bees and Brats: Exposure to culture breeds curiosity in military kids

“Time for gelato!” I blurted, pulling our kids away from a statue at the Vatican City Museum during a family… Continue reading »

Late Blooming

A few days ago, I made my usual school drop off, then took our two-year-old lab Moby on his regular… Continue reading »

The Outsiders: Can military families ever be ‘locals’?

On a recent drive to take our two eldest kids back to college after spring break, I didn’t mind when… Continue reading »

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