The Must-Have Parent

  What-what??!! I get to write a parenting column for Military.com?!! And I get to use it to talk about Must-Have and Must-Do parents? Say it ain’t so, Jethro. Parenting ain’t always 50/50. Many (most?) of us have to divvy it up differently. So check out my new column. I really want you to join […] Continue Reading....
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The power of dads

I’m so proud to be married to a ‘Daddy’ like the one in this post. We recently took an amazing trip to Fiji that required first flying to L.A., but we got Zone C on our sold out Southwest Flight on Christmas Eve  — so there would be no sitting together. My husband ended up […] Continue Reading....
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Congress Betrays Military Retirees

    CNN.com let me share my thoughts on the Ryan Murray budget deal and suggestions by others that military pay and benefits be cut. Check out my opinion piece: Continue Reading....
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Was that ‘thank you’ or F.U. for your service?

Today the House of Representatives approved a budget deal that, among other things, will cut military retirement pay by about $83,000 for enlisted and $124,000 for officers. I’ll be saying a whole lot more about this in the coming days, but for now you can read this story on CNN.com. I’m quoted about halfway down. Continue Reading....
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No Winners – for Military Spouse Magazine

Still unclear about what’s going on in DC? Join the club. No one understands what our so-called leaders are doing. But, I tried to make some sense of yesterday’s Senate deal with this story for Military Spouse Magazine.   http://www.militaryspouse.com/articles/no-winners/ Continue Reading....
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Zombies, Zombies, Everywhere

Check out the post I wrote this week for SpouseBuzz: Continue Reading....
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A Letter to Barbara Starr

My friend Molly Blake, a fellow military spouse, and I put our brains together to write this piece on The Huffington Post. It’s an open letter to Barbara Starr, but it’s really a letter to Americans,  and especially to those contemplating starting a war with Syria. Please read it and share it with your friends. […] Continue Reading....
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Lean Out

“Gonna buy me a ticket, to the end of the line Wanna feel the air, breathe the countryside As long as those wheels keep rollin’, I’ll be satisfied Gonna ride, ride, ride” -Robert Earl Keen, “Ride” Nothing against Sheryl Sandberg, but sometimes you need to Lean Out, or as my friend Lori might say, Lean […] Continue Reading....
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Let Them Eat … Ketchup!

  It’s National Ketchup Day! But why should you, er, give a squirt? Well, you probably shouldn’t except that by pure stroke of luck this very first National Ketchup Day also happens to be just days after The Washington Post published this article and this equally incendiary graphic to make the case that military families […] Continue Reading....
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Bitter, Party of One

  I don’t blog much anymore. That’s not an accident or an oversight. There’s a three-syllable reason for it: I’m-bit-ter. I started blogging about military family life way back in 2006. This little blog turned 7 last month and, like most 7-year-olds, simple words are no longer enough. I’ve written hundreds of unchallenging, light-hearted posts […] Continue Reading....
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