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A little story about Bear

A little story about Bear

He picked me I didn’t choose him. New Year’s Day in Germany we drove to a farm outside Frankfurt—not far from Eric’s Army unit. We were going to do a better, more professional job this time. We were going to do a test before buying. When we arrived, a stocky farmer...

My mother-in-law taught me how to manage being an Army wife

My mother-in-law taught me how to manage being an Army wife

My mother-in-law taught me how to manage being an Army wife “If you take care of the small things, the big things take care of themselves. You can gain more control over your life by paying closer attention to the little things.” ~ Emily Dickinson My mother-in-law,...

Army wife life: Unterklausen

Army wife life: Unterklausen

Army wife life Unterklausen Part III Danny squirmed in his BabyBjorn. I shifted his weight so he could peer out over rim. I passed the farmhouse next door, a four-level home on a hill higher than ours. The old man who liked to talk about the war was standing outside...

Army wife life: Unterklausen

Army wife life: Unterklausen

Army wife life Unterklausen Part II Before my arrival, Eric had furnished not only the bedroom, but kitchen as well, also buying European coffee, fresh dairy products, and bread from the Bäckerei. I chose another brötchen with an assortment of seeds, buttering it...

Army wife life:  Unterklausen

Army wife life: Unterklausen

Army wife life Unterklausen Part I When I opened my eyes, I wasn’t sure if it was day or night. I couldn’t see anything—not a shadow or even the outline of my hand. The metal shutters eliminated any light and the only sound was the rustling of linens as I shifted on...

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir Steps Out of Ziska College Part 6 Diane’s mother was home before supper. She came into the tavern as Baba was serving chicken dumpling soup at the family table. She walked over with heavy steps and sat down. Her...

An Army wife’s perspective on April

An Army wife’s perspective on April

April is the Month of the Military Child According to the Military Child Education Coalition, the official flower of the military child is the dandelion. Why? The plant puts down roots almost anywhere, and it's almost impossible to destroy. It's an unpretentious...

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir Steps Out of Ziska College Part 5 Czech’s are dull witted.” “Slovak’s are untamed mountain goats!” Diane heard the sneers directed at her Czech community from outside the ghetto. But, when high school graduation...

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir Steps Out of Ziska High School Part 4 The afternoon passed quickly. One of the sisters turned the record player down, allowing Glenn Miller to play in the background while the students gathered their belongings....

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

Steps Out of Ziska High School Part 3 Diane walked the rest of the way to school. Look-out points rose above the trees as she approached campus. Notre Dame Academy looked like a castle on the corner of Ansel and Superior with its gothic structure and towers. When she...

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