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Team Plum

Team Plum I am proud to announce my role involving dogs and helping others: Therapy Dog Handler, aka, Team Plum. This past fall, the pup I was raising, Plum, decided on a “change of career” while in professional training, aka, puppy college. Though I’ve loved all my...

A dependable pair of muckers

A dependable pair of muckers

A dependable pair of muckers Can an Army wife retire? Chop, chop – the steel blades slid past each other like the propellers of the Black Hawk helicopters flying past the bathroom skylights of my Northern Virginia townhouse. Chop, chop… chop, chop, the metal smashed...

Born during a “wolf winter”  -Snow baby: Joseph Michael

Born during a “wolf winter” -Snow baby: Joseph Michael

Born during a “wolf winter” Snow baby: Joseph Michael For winter lovers, snow symbolizes a season of rebirth, not just death. The middle of winter is the coldest and darkest time of year in the Northern Hemisphere. Yet, for those tuned into nature, the hibernal period...

Rainbow baby,  Samuel Henry

Rainbow baby, Samuel Henry

Rainbow baby Samuel Henry Rainbows symbolize hope. Hence, why rainbow babies exemplify a promise to parents grieving the loss of a prior infant or unborn child—helping overcome the heartbreak. Because “when you lose a baby, you develop a permanent psychological scar....

The dandelion:  A narrative about Danny

The dandelion: A narrative about Danny

The dandelion A narrative about Danny The flower with scores of bright yellow pedals is a member of the daisy family. But because its seeds spread easily by way of its gray fluff—carried off on the wind or blown by some small child—the dandelion offends modern...

Battle buddies

Battle buddies

Battle buddies A note with the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaching and current events. As a long time Army wife, I’m not really surprised at the current chaos in the Middle East, and doubt most of those who served there or who’ve intimately supported the troops, is...

Black Loyalist:  Harry Washington

Black Loyalist: Harry Washington

Black Loyalist Harry Washington Survivor of slavery, war, and disease, Harry Washington spent his life fighting for the same rights his former owner, George Washington, did in the American Revolution. Born in West Africa and brought to America about 1760, Harry...

Patriot spy and enslaved African American: James Lafayette

Patriot spy and enslaved African American: James Lafayette

Patriot spy and enslaved African American James Lafayette Patriot spy and enslaved African American, James Lafayette, was instrumental in helping defeat the British during the American Revolution. Despite the British promising freedom to enslaved African Americans...

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