Top 10 Ways You Know It Has Been a Long Deployment

About two weeks ago, a somewhat comical event occurred and the first thought that crossed my mind was, “Wow!  Now I know this has been a long deployment!”  After that, I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I decided to compile a list.  Some are downright funny, a few are little sad, at least a couple are complete exaggerations, […]

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Just Keep Going

Every Spring, I think I am excited about running.  I completely romanticize jogging gently in the crisp air, alone with my thoughts while marveling at the re-birth of mother nature evidenced by that long-awaited green haze that emerges.  At West Point, each spring I would go along with a runner friend of mine.  After that first trip up to Stoney Lonesome, […]

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Consider the Lilies

Consider the Lilies, the Tulips and the Daffodils, the Snow Drops and the Hyacinths.  One of my favorite trips while we were stationed in Germany was to Lisse, Holland.  I certainly enjoyed the immaculately maintained gardens of the Keukenhof, but it was the bulb fields surrounding it that captivated me.  We saw and smelled Hyacinths blooming for miles in early April while […]

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Marking Time

In military Drill and Ceremony, when the command, “Mark Time, March” is given, Soldiers march in place without making progress in any direction.  According to Wikipedia, it can also mean to do a minor job or task whilst waiting for an opportunity to arise.  Perhaps someone might say, “I’m just marking time flipping burgers until […]

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Taxes

I would like to consider myself a competent and independent woman, capable of handling most of what life throws with me. I am a graduate of West Point, a combat veteran, have traveled around the world, and birthed two babies, you would think a little number crunching and paperwork would be a walk in the park. Nevertheless, […]

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The Incline

After two years of simultaneously talking about it and making excuses for why I couldn’t, I finally did The Incline yesterday.  Shhh…don’t tell, it is sort of illegal. Trails.Com says it is a 3 mile hike with a 2,011 feet gain in elevation from the base in Manitou Springs near the Cog Railway to the top of the […]

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