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People sometimes wonder if I love or hate being a military dependent. It’s a good question, and one I’ve asked myself.
The Parable of the Dishonest Steward, told in the first 13 verses of Luke’s 16th chapter, is the most confounding for study. Jesus speaks to his disciples about a steward, entrusted with the lands of an absentee landlord.
Get here, but don’t drive, said the hospital worker’s voice over the phone. At that moment, Clarena Tobon knew her mother was dead, or dying.
This week, my oldest son, Ford, begins seventh grade. He’s technically been in “middle school” for a year now, but this summer was the first time I saw, with startling frequency, a glimpse of the changes ahead: my first baby is stuck in that painful space between a boy and a man.
Before my son was born, I always found myself shocked when new parents would simply hand off their children to family members, usually accompanied with a line like “I’ve held him enough today,” or “Please take him!”
Some days, you just want to chuck it all.
I can appreciate my 15-year-old stepson’s sarcasm. It is great, in fact. His wit is almost unmatched, and his comebacks are faster than Eminem’s rap battle moments in “8 Mile.”
In some ways I miss the days of waking up at 6 a.m. or earlier every weekday and jumping into my physical training uniform. By 6:30 a.m., I was standing in front of the company orderly room in formation, ready for PT.
When budgeting for back-to-school expenses, parents generally include routine fare like clothes, school supplies and maybe a new backpack. But if your kids participate in extracurricular activities, whether it’s sports, music lessons or art classes, you could be on the hook for hundreds — or even thousands — of dollars in additional expenses throughout the year if you’re not careful.
I had been sitting on my M1A1 tank for nearly two months, watching the sand blow in from Iraq about 10 miles away. The days were hot: 120 degrees. The region was unpredictable as ever: Saddam Hussein was still in power. We were waiting for something to happen.
My husband and I took a road trip last weekend. We travel very well together. He drives and I ride, and that’s fine with me. However, our road trips tend to be quite … quiet. I would prefer a little more conversation to fill the hours and hours of silence, but he’s just not the talkative type.
LOS ANGELES — Though his party boy character Vincent Chase on all eight seasons of “Entourage” savored life in the limelight, Adrian Grenier says he’s quite content to be on the other side of the camera.
I’m not a super clean person, but I’m not a slob, either. I’ve hung out with people like that. They don’t bathe regularly, wear the same clothes day in and day out, and they smell; they’re gross.
Out of necessity, military spouses have devised creative ways to mark the time — paper chains, journals, jars of M&Ms — but last year, while Dustin was deployed overseas for 13 months, I knew I couldn’t do this time-honored ritual of counting down the days to his homecoming. I did the countdown thing during Dustin’s first deployments, and it made me feel like a prisoner etching out the days and weeks on a concrete wall.
School mornings with Ford, 12, go something like this: at 7:45 a.m., he yells from downstairs that I’m going to make him late. But when we get in the car at 8:05, he often realizes he’s forgotten his binder, or his gym shorts, and that he needs to run back inside.
Central Texas College Central Campus Dean Jan Anderson has dedicated her career to the rapidly growing community college near Fort Hood. Anderson started as an instructor 32 years ago and worked her way up to her current position. Anderson talked with the Herald about the college’s growth, its relationship with the local business community and future expansion plans.
Pets are like people in one important respect: no two are alike.
The Citizens for Soldiers club will have its monthly meeting and workday from noon to 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Belton Senior Activity Center, 842 S. Mitchell St., Belton.