Blog Archives for tag Military life

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 »

Reconstructing Patriotism

Back in 1976, it was our country’s Bicentennial, and I was in the 4th grade. At East Pike Elementary, Ms…. Continue reading »

Dresser’s Last Stand

“Mom, can someone finally do something about my dresser?” my daughter Lilly demanded this week.  “Oh, is it broken again?”… Continue reading »

The deed is done, but not forgotten

“Ach! I’ve got to get rid of this albatross around my neck!” my husband Francis exclaimed recently, with plenty of… Continue reading »

The Unknown: A military spouse’s greatest worry

“What’s next? When will we move? Where will we go?” Like any military spouse, these are the questions that swirl… Continue reading »

Hitting Home: Domestic terror and military uncertainty

Usually, during the second or third year of my husband’s tour of duty in the Navy, I start waking up… Continue reading »

An Impossibly Perfect Holiday

While picking bits of pumpkin pie from our teeth on the last night of Thanksgiving break, my husband Francis and… Continue reading »

My gravy’s better than your gravy

We do it every year. We cut out recipes. We make lists. We go to the commissary. We elbow each… Continue reading »

Life lessons from the last of the litter

The cranberry farmer reached a calloused hand into the crate and grabbed the loose scruff of one pup’s neck. Holding… Continue reading »

Serve and be served: Honoring our military community on Veterans Day

“Now serving O-4-1-1, at window number three,” a mechanical female voice said from the base clinic’s new automated pharmacy system…. Continue reading »

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