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    Mon, 5 Jun 2017
    ArticleAging in the Time of Endless War

    When I visited the Brooks Range north of the Arctic Circle many summers ago, I was hit with a curtain of ice that cut down much of my hiking. I was short on food at this point: oatmeal, cliff bars, and a block of emergency rations meant for shipwrecked souls. Perhaps I was shipwrecked, philosophically speaking, but I managed to take in... more...

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    Mon, 29 May 2017
    ArticleHow to Communicate Through Deployment: Tips...

    Long-distance relationships are hard under any circumstances. Add in stress of danger, work, separation of home life, and more (you know, the other stuff that comes from being deployed, not just on a work trip), and it's a scenario that's downright painful. Yet there are plenty of spouses who live this reality every single day.... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 29 May 2017
    ArticleWriting As A Veteran

    There is much talk about the veteran civilian divide. Indeed, there is plenty separating those from Sparta and those from Babylon—to butcher a pair of historical metaphors—but as a writer, I know there’s plenty they have in common, and one thing in particular: their reaction to writers, negative, as it were. And more... more...

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    Mon, 22 May 2017
    ArticlePalestinian Prisoners: Hunger Strike Solidarity

    On April 27th, Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, nearly 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners declared a hunger strike in Israeli prisons, demanding fair treatment and humane living conditions. Hunger strikes are often the most peaceful form of resistance available. Pain is inflicted solely on those who willingly participate and on their... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 22 May 2017
    ArticleSetting Black Mothers Free

    As a teenager, I went to youth Bible study on Wednesdays, choir rehearsal on Fridays, and volunteered with the Children’s Ministry on Saturdays. My week, and my network of friends, revolved around social activities in church. We traveled from place to place because safe and loving adults cared to drive us from place to place. I... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 22 May 2017
    ArticleRaising Military Children Part 2: Exposure

    The military life is not an easy one, adding parenthood to the mix complicates it even more. As parents we have a huge responsibility to raise our children to be the leaders of this world and in my opinion, it is our responsibility to expose them to the world, to teach them to think outside the box and to appreciate the little things in... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 22 May 2017
    ArticleTen Ways To Toughen Up As A Military Spouse

    Being a military spouse isn't for the faint of heart. You certainly can't be offended easily or upset by change. And say the mail takes a little longer than you'd like to arrive – that should be the least of your worries.

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  • Blog
    Thu, 18 May 2017
    ArticleWhen Companies You Love Do Bad Things

    I find myself running out of airlines to choose from. Recent news reports of passenger mistreatment leave me disappointed in these companies for their policies and/or personnel, and I remember these feelings when I travel, which is fairly frequently. If I am to maintain a stance of solidarity with the grossly mistreated, my options are... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 15 May 2017
    ArticleMy Hiking Soul

    My better half thinks my aversion to taking hikes is a little odd. I try not to say much, but for the most part being amongst the splendid silence of nature does nothing for me and even less for my soul—assuming I have one. This isn’t just a function of my relationship with my significant other. Many others have recommended... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 15 May 2017
    ArticleRaising Military Children Part 1: Resiliency

    In today’s world raising children is not an easy feat. There are a lot of external factors that affect parenting styles. Adding the adversities brought on by a military lifestyle complicates everything even more. Our military children are forced to deal with a lot of life challenges at a very young age and it is our job as parents... more...

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