• November 27, 2014

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Meditation is a great way to decompress

I just finished a fascinating book about meditation. Oh I know what you’re probably thinking — meditation is “out there” and a little hippy-dippy. People who practice mediation bathe themselves in Patchouli oil, sport dreadlocks and spend the majority of their time contemplating their navels.

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Wednesday 11/19/2014
Finding right gifts can be challenging, but worthwhile
Posted: November 19, 2014

My husband has never been the easiest guy to find gifts for, but this year it’s even more of a challenge. Because he’s deployed, there are two warring factions going on in my brain.

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Wednesday 11/12/2014
Current events enhance cultural death obsession
Posted: November 12, 2014

I cannot stop thinking about Brittany Maynard.

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Wednesday 11/05/2014
Modern technology helps maintain connection with deployed family
Posted: November 05, 2014

My husband and I have been having some weird conversations since he deployed. OK, maybe we’ve always had weird conversations, but lately they seem even odder. This is primarily because he can say so little about what he’s doing, given that it’s mostly classified.

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Wednesday 10/29/2014
Child birth advice: Pray for best, plan for unexpected
Posted: October 29, 2014

There is an old Yiddish proverb I love: “Man plans, God laughs.”

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Wednesday 10/22/2014
We need more ‘being’ instead of ‘doing’
Posted: October 22, 2014

It’s funny.

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Wednesday 10/15/2014
Despite a few glitches, wedding turns out great
Posted: October 15, 2014

Anyone who has been part of a wedding knows things don’t always go according to plan … and these imperfections are later the most memorable and humorous aspects of the special day.

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Wednesday 10/08/2014
It’s hard to buck those ‘Sunday Night Blues’
Posted: October 08, 2014

Last Sunday, I got a little blue. This is not a new phenomenon. I have struggled with mood swings on Sundays for as long as I can remember. Even as a child, I recall waking up Sunday mornings with a complex feeling of dread (knowing that Monday was just around the corner) and relief that I had another weekend day to enjoy.

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Wednesday 09/24/2014
No matter time period, human condition same
Posted: September 24, 2014

The TV series “Outlander” is a big obsession with me and many of my friends. It is so popular, I believe, not only because of its historical richness, but because it provides a delicious escape from our modern problems and concerns.

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Wednesday 09/17/2014
Deal with cancer in your own way; help is all around
Posted: September 17, 2014

I recently profiled three young women and their battles with breast cancer in the Aug. 27 issue of “Homefront.” To raise awareness, they are participating in the Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” in Waco on Saturday. Speaking with each of these gals individually and learning about their personal experiences with this disease was a privilege and I left feeling inspired and humbled. Since one in eight women will battle breast cancer during their lifetime, it is critical that we continue to talk about this disease. I asked each woman what the “best” and “worst” part of having cancer has been. I also asked them to share any advice for someone newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
Camaraderie is key to living in on-post neighborhoods
Posted: September 10, 2014

For military families, it’s a no-brainer to say that change is inevitable. Not only are we expected to adjust to a new state, city, post or base every couple of years, but a new neighborhood as well.

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
Grocery shopping: Stressful, needed hassle for some
Posted: September 03, 2014

Everyone can name a chore that fills them with dread and for me, that chore is grocery shopping. There is something about the process that makes me want to volunteer for a root canal instead, or even endure several hours of watching golf on television. Yes, it’s that bad. I try to analyze my strong negative feelings toward this innocent task and all I can come up with is that I am simply not the grocery-shopping “type.” First of all, planning dinners doesn’t come naturally to me. Being a rather spontaneous gal in many respects, the act of sitting at the kitchen table and guessing what I think we’ll want to eat each night of the week seems to require superpowers to achieve.

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Wednesday 08/27/2014
Marine’s wife death brings back memories, sadness
Posted: August 27, 2014

When one reads about horrendous crimes that happen to other people, it’s human nature to believe things like that will never happen to you or even to anyone you know. One example is the recent murder of the young, pregnant Marine wife in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

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Wednesday 08/20/2014
Ready for fall
Posted: August 20, 2014

There comes a point during the summer when you just know you’re all done and ready for fall.

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Wednesday 08/13/2014
Hard to know when to step in to a squabble
Posted: August 13, 2014

I was shopping in the PX the other day when I overheard a family squabble. At first, the voices were fairly low and reasonable but they quickly got louder, particularly the man’s. I assumed he was the father but since they were in the aisle behind me, I wasn’t sure. He seemed to be reprimanding his daughter. Then I heard a smacking sound and a muffled cry and the father said something like, “I told you to knock it off three times but you wouldn’t listen.”

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Wednesday 08/06/2014
Waiting to get deployment started so it ends
Posted: August 06, 2014

The change of command is over, one set of my in-laws left after many hugs and more than a few tears, and Rob’s deployment is only a handful of days away. (My mother-in-law kindly stayed on a few extra days so Rob and I could escape to Austin for an overnight). But I don’t need a calendar to realize he’s leaving soon. I know it by the permanent lump in my throat, by the way I’m sleeping (not well) and the general uneasiness that lingers.

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Wednesday 07/30/2014
Many places I could call home
Posted: July 30, 2014

One of the first questions that comes up when you’re meeting someone new is, “Where are you from?” This is a perfectly reasonable question and it usually requires a simple answer. Except for people like me. When you’ve lived in roughly seven states over the course of your childhood and you are not an Army brat, it can be a tough question to answer.

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AAFES celebrates 119 years in business
Posted: July 30, 2014

The Warrior Way Express got a makeover recently and celebrated Thursday with free hot dogs, drinks and other specials.

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Wednesday 07/23/2014
Proud of many accomplishments with 89th MPs
Posted: July 23, 2014

This past weekend, we had a very nice family over for dinner. I had never met them and my husband had only briefly met the man, but by the end of the evening, I felt like we’d made new friends. The man is Rob’s replacement. On July 30, he will take command of the 89th Military Police Brigade and my husband will step down. And so will begin a new chapter.

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Wednesday 07/09/2014
Military shouldn’t remove option to smoke from troops
Posted: July 09, 2014

Smoking and the military is in the news again, and I’m trying to decide how I feel about it.

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Wednesday 07/02/2014
Festive Fourth: Celebrate America with fun at Fort Hood
Posted: July 02, 2014

Fort Hood’s annual Fourth of July celebration kicks off with a Color Run and ends with a 30-minute fireworks display. In between will be plenty of music to keep the crowd happy.

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Operation Phantom Support offers many benefits for families
Posted: July 02, 2014

For weeks now, my husband has been urging me to watch a certain reality show on TV called “Naked and Afraid.”

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Wednesday 06/25/2014
Can’t wait for family trip to Big Sky country
Posted: June 25, 2014

Our pre-deployment family vacation to Montana is less than two weeks away and I, for one, am ready to go. It’s funny — when I’ve mentioned where we’re going, some people have given me a blank stare, as in “why would you want to go there?”

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Locals differ on opening up online AAFES shopping to all veterans
Posted: June 25, 2014

Local residents weighed in Monday on allowing all of the nation’s veterans who served honorably to shop online at exchanges that sell discounted, name-brand goods — a perk that is currently available only to a small minority.

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Wednesday 06/18/2014
A love-hate relationship with moving
Posted: June 18, 2014

This is the time of year when moving vans are a fixture on-post, both coming and going.

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Museum fun for families: Blue Star program gives active-duty military free admission
Posted: June 18, 2014

Military families looking to learn about a variety of subjects, including art, flight, military history and trains, can visit some Texas museums free of charge this summer.

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Wednesday 06/11/2014
A salute to fathers before deployment
Posted: June 11, 2014

As Father’s Day approaches, I am filled with great appreciation for my husband, Rob, as well as a growing sadness.

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Wednesday 06/04/2014
Operation Phantom Support plans festival Saturday
Posted: June 04, 2014

A dream brought Andrea Fleming and her family to Killeen. She and her family had moved back to Germany following her husband’s retirement from the Army when she had an epiphany.

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Wednesday 05/21/2014
Families learn about fishing during clinic
Posted: May 21, 2014

Getting people outdoors and teaching them a little about fishing were the goals of the first Family Fishing Clinic on Saturday at Cantonment B pond in Killeen.

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