Blog Archives for category Military Life

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 »

From Rags to Ratchet: Are there no riches in military life?

“What the …?” my 16-year-old daughter, Lilly, stopped herself short in front of our minivan on a blustery, rainy morning… Continue reading »

Confessions of foolish military spouses

Twenty-four years ago, when I became a military spouse, I was pretty clueless. “Honey,” my husband Francis delicately explained through… Continue reading »

From the archives: “Wanted: Mom Manager”

I was late for the meeting. Again. With an armful of crumpled papers, I rushed down the hall. Sheepishly, I… Continue reading »

Necessity reveals strength when parenting alone

Everyone knows Murphy’s Law — “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong” — but few know that buried in… Continue reading »

Those “Base Housing People”

I was emerging from the base gym’s steam room, sweating and feeling a bit woozy, when I heard her. “We… Continue reading »

Open letter: To the friends I ignore

I can see it in your eyes. You’re not happy. You think I’ve been ignoring you. You think I’m an… Continue reading »

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