Remember the hot dogs, but never forget the heroes
Although we never seem to forget the hot dogs, pickle relish and cold beer for our Memorial Day cookouts, we tend to forget the underlying reason we get the day off to begin with. 
Ask proudly, veterans: You earned those discounts
Regardless of age, military retirees love military discounts. No matter where we go — hardware stores, movie theaters, diners, golf courses, bookstores, my husband asks THAT question: “Do you have a military discount?”
At-risk military teens foreshadow at-risk military future
A National State of Emergency in children’s mental health has been declared. And it only gets worse when you consider military dependents and the disruption that frequent moves and an unpredictable lifestyle causes.
Motherly affection goes unappreciated ... for now
I’ve learned over the years that true appreciation for motherhood is best felt, not described in words on a store-bought Mother’s Day card. The best way to fully comprehend the instinctual and emotional feelings of motherhood is to experience parenthood for oneself.
The people you’ll meet when you live overseas
Being stationed in far-flung places can make for a beautiful mix of friendships of different nationalities and ages. Some of those bonds might even last a lifetime.
Loneliness not a virtue; don’t suffer in silence
Loneliness is an important subject because it affects everyone, especially those in the military community who change locations regularly. How we deal with it is important.
Sweet sanity beckons in the form of Snickers
Preparing for Easter — and more to the point, Lenten deprivation — makes us all a little crazy.
Beyond fitness standards: A Navy retiree’s nutrition wheel
There’s nothing to regulate service members’ nutrition after retirement. Here’s what it might look like if a former service member made his own nutrition wheel.
The sick fantasies of a stay-at-home mom
What if, just what if, I sustained some kind of non-life-threatening injury or illness that would require me to be in the hospital, or at least in bed, for a couple of weeks?
Survey shows intensified financial insecurity for military families
Even though the Blue Star Families Military Family Lifestyle surveys always cover financial challenges such as military pay concerns, lack of affordable childcare and chronic military spouse under- and unemployment, the most recent report revealed some surprising new money-related statistics.
War is a different conversation for military families
Children in military families grow up in a unique context that makes their experiences different from other peers. We need to take extra time to listen to and reassure them.
A Lenten ode to coffee
Coffee is my lifestyle, my culture, my manifesto, my identity. Tea is a poor substitute.
Too much is more than enough during winter getaway
Even an island paradise gets old after awhile.
Working on finding time to work out
There always seems to be just one more thing to do before it’s time to work out. And yes, putting on spandex counts as progress.
Snow season never fails to warm the heart
Something was imprinted in my psyche many years ago that makes me associate winter with snow, and snow with pleasure.
Celebrating the complexity of love
How do I love thee? It’s complicated. It’s contradictory. It’s ironic. It’s beautiful.
A kernel of doubt about spouse’s abilities in kitchen
I had become so capable, handy and independent through many moves and deployments, my military husband had become accustomed to relying heavily on me at home. Maybe too heavily? Should I have shown more vulnerability?
White Paper addresses milspouse jobless woes
There is one milspouse matter that affected me in such a profound way, my life has been forever changed — The military spouse unemployment problem.
Skiing while married can be a slippery slope
A recreational sport intended to provide positive family memories and adrenaline-fueled euphoria, skiing actually sends us to the brink of divorce.