Lessons learned while doing another PCS purge

Paring down your family’s belongings is an important part of the moving process, as long as you don’t get too carried away.

It’s finally time to tell my inner runaway to stay put

At about 6 years old, I decided I was running away. For real this time. It’s an impulse that’s never fully gone away -- until now.

Surgically removing oneself from spousal care

If your husband has impending surgery, beware. Whether you like it or not, you’re on the hook to be his post-operative caregiver. Your spouse needs you to make good on that “sickness and health” clause. Ready or not, you’re it.

‘Resilient, but human’: Military teen speaks out

What do military teens REALLY think about their lifestyle? One shares the struggles and lessons that come from a childhood marked by frequent disruption.

Pain in the neck: Reflections on my husband’s driving

I should have seen the signs exhibited while riding down the highway with my father-in-law -- a portent of what my married experience would be.

Reading the rings of the tree of military life

If humans grew inner rings each year like trees do, I imagine that the trunk of a military spouse would tell quite a story.

Happy military wife, happy military life

How can the military improve retention and readiness? How about focusing on supporting the modern military family unit.

No way to know what to expect when you’re expecting

I won’t inflict upon you the tedious and at times gruesome details of my labor with my first child. But I will share a few of my most embarrassing moments leading up to this painful but glorious event.

Death of a saleswoman: Facing post-grad job realities

College degrees aren’t useless, but pie-in-the-sky expectations for the next step can be problematic.

The night Mr. Wilson came calling

For lonely military spouses, friendship sometimes blooms in unexpected places.

An ode to the dog that nurtured me

Do we give more to our pets, or do they give more to us? We’ll probably never know.

3 things I’ve learned since living through the pandemic

In the past three years, we’ve experienced widespread human loss, skyrocketing mental health issues, the miraculous development of vaccines and the permanence of COVID in our lives. Through these traumas and trials, I’ve identify three ways that the pandemic experience has changed me, for better and for worse.

I’m not Irish, but kiss me anyway

St. Patrick’s Day is one of those ambiguous special occasions that can be quite confusing for non-Irish adults like me. We non-Irish must simply stand back and repeatedly listen to that insensitive saying about the only two kinds of people in the world – “the Irish, and those who wish they were.”

Suffering through a state of social media mediocrity

Social media may be second nature to younger generations, but certain middle-aged and older folk find it to be more burden than boon.

Airbnb: An unwitting player in military housing crisis

In many locations across the US, the increase in short-term rental properties has resulted in fewer military families renting locally, fewer military children in local schools and less money being given by states to public school systems.

8 ways military life makes you a better person

In their bleaker moments, military spouses might wonder, “Why do I live this difficult life with all of its moves and deployments? Why do I put up with the inconveniences and hardships?” Read on to find ways that military life actually makes one a better person.

It’s all relative: Am I becoming my mother?

Different life experiences sometimes mean we can get the better of shared traits.

The ups and downs of yo-yo dieting

Indulging now and then is human, and therefore forgivable. But not using that as an excuse to binge like crazy is a little more challenging.