Cyclical: next generation in driver’s seat
Last night, I stopped by my auntie and uncle’s house to do some catching up.
We all live on the same street, but you wouldn’t know it because we seldom visit as much as we’d like.
From soup to nuts, then back again
A few weeks ago, no sooner did I drop my husband off at the airport, than I felt the tickle at the back of my throat.
He was off on a Navy trip to Bahrain, leaving me in charge of the house, the bills, the kids, the dog, the trash, the leaves, our son’s college applications, our daughter’s inevitable fashion crises, and my own mental and physical well-being. So, this was the last thing I needed.
‘Making a list: ’The good, bad of sports rivalries
During this time of year Santa is busier than usual. He has toys to deliver and more lists to check than he can handle.
In an effort to do my part and enhance my chances of remaining on Santa’s nice list, I’ve decided to help organize Santa’s nice and naughty sport’s rivalries list. This is my list of rivalries of nice and naughty sports rivalries.
Now is the time to decorate
Dig out the tinsel, unfurl the ribbons and hang the lights. Decorating season is here.
Reality: the perfect holiday photo
“C’mon everybody!” I bellowed from our living room, “Let’s get this over with!”
Access to athletes commands respect
I’m all for sports, rivalries and social media, but it takes a special kind of stupidity to send death threats to any athlete for their performance during a contest.
Thanksgiving holiday message
Each year, on the fourth Thursday in November, we pause to celebrate a uniquely American holiday. Thanksgiving is an opportunity to individually and collectively give thanks for our many blessings, including our freedom, and those who defend our way of life.
My Thanksgiving song
I love holiday music. Without a doubt, if I’m in a December slump, I crank up some Andrea Bocelli or Josh Groban. Nothing gets me in the mood like a divine baritone singing Ave Maria or Silent Night. But you know something?
Family, food, football: It doesn’t get any better
Like Babe Ruth in the fifth inning of the 1932 World Series I’m calling my shot. Well, sort of anyways. This is my Thanksgiving gift to all football fans. Here are my game predictions with explanations.
Thanksgiving Holiday safety message
Thanksgiving is the first of many holidays that we will celebrate as a community between now and the coming New Year. On this special day, we remember the 110 Pilgrims who bravely left the security and familiarity of their home in England in 1620, to pursue religious freedom in the New World. We must also remember that while our tables will be filled with food and surrounded by loved ones, there are those who will spend Thanksgiving away from their Family and friends.
Fall: remembering autumns of yesteryear
I’m sure most of you have noticed the changing of the leaves, the cooler temperature and the fact that it is now dark by 5:30 p.m. Yes, my friends, the fall season is among us.
Mediocrity is worse than losing
Surrendering a season doesn’t hurt my feelings if a team is looking towards the future.
I get it most fans. Losing is no fun, but I want more. The thought of any professional team intentionally losing is enough to cause a fan revoke his loyalties.
Honest ramblings, other bluesy revelations
It’s hard to sit in a place of confusion and try to write a commentary of clarity.
The calm before the holiday storm
As you pop that fun-sized candy bar you just rummaged from your kid’s dwindling Halloween booty into your gullet, consider this:
You only have two weeks left.
Bullying starts, stops with everyone
A few weeks ago Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin were just Miami Dolphins offensive linemen. That time no longer exist.
Early Christmas decorating feels cheap
Nothing screams “I’m trying to dig into the public’s wallet” more than retailers who put out decorations for Christmas in October or early November.
Must-see movies in 2014
This year is almost over and I can’t wait for 2014. Why, you ask? Well let me tell you — blockbusters.
If you are a movie buff like me, you may want to set up an account just for your movie expenses for the next two years.
Wrestling better when not analyzed
In professional wrestling, not one match is decided in the ring. All the fans know it and yet somehow, the World Wrestling Entertainment remains one of the most profitable enterprises.
Military Family member confesses to past behavior
Shame on me.
I’ve been at Fort Bragg for almost nine years and I rarely take advantage of the services and opportunities available on the installation. I’ve vowed to change my ways after my recent experience at Smith Lake.
2013 Yule Mart volunteers, assistance needed for this year’s event
Greetings from The Association of Bragg Spouses and the 2013 Yule Mart Committee.
For 23 years, the ABS has held the Yule Mart craft fair on Fort Bragg for the military and local community’s recreational enjoyment. The event is traditionally endorsed and command-supported with installation logistical and manpower support.
NCAA Hoops 2013: Who will attend the big dance?
Pull out your foam finger, paint your face and rehearse your best taunts because college basketball is back. This year’s boast some of the best freshmen talent.
Army’s directorates of logistics receive new name
As part of the ongoing reshaping of Directorates of Logistics Army-wide, the Army Materiel Command has rebranded DOLs “Logistics Readiness Centers.”
Parent tricks for Halloween treats
Right about now, parents across this country are calculating, planning and scheming. Their minds are racing with clandestine plots, subversive strategies and covert operations. They’re not talking, because their plans are on the “DL”, very hush-hush, absolutely top secret.
NBA: Top 5 teams with chance to win it all
The long wait for the NBA season to start is over. The quest for the playoffs begins Monday.
Every team (except the Bobcats) is on equal chance to make playoffs compete for the championship. This is my top five teams who can compete this year to bring home the trophy.
The writer’s task
The writer stares at a blank page and dares to share all with the world.
Who else is going to be personal? Who else is going to explain a worst fear, dreaded decision or an unwavering hope? Who is going to uncover emotion?
Boo bags and the future of humanity
Perhaps it’s the fault of the Me Generation. Perhaps responsibility lies with our culture of excess. Perhaps Emeril is to blame for teaching us all to “Bam! Kick it up a notch.”
Fans may have right to cheer, boo
Fans have the right to boo or cheer as they see fit. They buy the tickets, apparel and sometimes support poorly managed teams when they shouldn’t.
Support, ‘tread lightly when around a pregnant lady’
As I play the waiting game, waiting on my baby to make it’s appearance into the world, I think about everything this pregnancy has put me through. It wasn’t a tough one, but it wasn’t easy either. I didn’t have any complications and for that, I consider myself lucky. I am thankful that I am having this child, as many people cannot. However, there are a few things people have said that irked me while I was pregnant … and here they are:
My mother’s fight to win, live
If my Family was a sports team and cancer was in our division, the Fulton’s would have a losing record in head-to-head matchups with the disease.
Cancer has claimed my grandparents, aunts and uncles, as well as taken my mother to overtime in two match-ups before she vanquished it.
Relax! Rest, relaxation recharges, rejuvenates
In this sped-up, multi-tasking, interactive world of ours, it’s easy to forget how to relax and take it easy.
I find it hard sometimes to sit and read or listen to music. My inner voice screams “Lazy! You could be doing something!”
Relaxing is not only helpful, it’s absolutely necessary for our bodies to recover from the daily stressors we encounter each day, whether we are a full-time Soldier or a full-time mom.
Is our government effectively protecting servicemembers?
It’s not a new topic. It’s not a new controversy. This unjust affront to one’s very own personhood has been researched and examined by the media, argued on the floor of Congress, and overwhelmingly scrutinized by well-respected Senators and high ranking political figures such as Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel. Yet, sexual assault in the military has been unfathomably increasing with each fiscal year.
Dear Col. Brewster:
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the dedication of the Fort Bragg Fisher House. Congratulations!
On Aug. 13, 1993, my late grand uncle Zachary, with his wife Elizabeth, joined then Lt. Gen. Henry Hugh Shelton, commander XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, in dedicating the ninth Fisher House.
The Affordable Care Act
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148 and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, Public Law 111-152 (collectively, the Affordable Care Act) establishes the Health Insurance Marketplace under Section 1311(b).
All things considered... It’s important to cherish loved ones
At 6:25 p.m. Sunday evening, I lost my sister.
She had just turned 30 in August, only weeks after finding out that she had ovarian cancer. When I spoke with her last month, I told her that I would be there when she underwent surgery on Aug. 20. I didn’t make it because Aug. 20 was on a Tuesday and of course anyone who knows me, knows that Tuesday is the day we lay out our sections for the current week’s issue of the Paraglide.
My hips don’t swing that way, but my stomach does
Out of sheer boredom and motivation to reduce my ever-expanding waistline, I somehow found myself trying a Zumba class at the base gym this week. As an old veteran of the now out-of-style step aerobics craze, I figured, “How hard could it be?”
National Suicide Prevention Week, World Suicide Prevention Day and Army Suicide Prevention Month 2013
The United States Army remains the strength of our nation and has demonstrated remarkable skill and professionalism over the past 12 years of combat operations. Nevertheless, the stress of military service, the resulting strain placed on relationships and Families, and injuries and illnesses suffered by some have challenged our resiliency. Individual responses to these challenges are often manifested as risk behaviors which sometimes may include suicide.
Readiness: Preparing for Mother Nature’s wrath
Early one July morning in the mid-70s, I awoke to the news that my Family’s home had been destroyed by a terrible windstorm the previous night. Having spent the night at my auntie’s house, I couldn’t imagine what our home would look like once we drove the few miles down the road where it once stood.
Cold weather doesn’t mean exercising options stop
Cold weather is not an excuse to give up on your exercise routine.
The chilly weather isn’t here yet, but it is coming and you can believe I already have enough excuses why I couldn’t exercise during the winter season. They are the same ones I use during the hottest months of the year, except I replace hot with cold.
Holiday Safety Message
On behalf of Command Sgt. Maj. Isaia Vimoto, myself and our nation, thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for the Fort Bragg military community.
Making a habit of budgeting
So, I’m trying out this new thing called a “budget.” I don’t know if y’all know about budgets or not, but it’s kind of like being on a diet — and we all know how well diets go when you deprive yourself of what you love.
Fall, memories fast approaching
It may not feel like it now, but fall is just around the corner. The sun rises later and sets earlier each night.
Texting and driving: Are a few little words worth it?
Dur ing my daily commute this morning, I decided to count the number of drivers attempting to drive and text at the same time. From Cliffdale Road to the All American gate, I counted a total of 28.
Short-term solution has damaging long-term effects to civilian force
Friday marks the end of Furlough Fridays here on Fort Bragg, or as I like to call it, “F-cubed” — Final Furlough Friday. Personally I am glad to see it go away, for now, but hints are being dropped that with further budget cuts, the likelihood of further furloughs are looming in 2014 and beyond.
A repurposed day
For so very long Aug. 8 held a day of painful memories. It was on that date 25 years ago that my dad died.
Letter from the editor
During the next few weeks, our readers can expect to see a fresh look to the Paraglide, as we make some changes that we think will make your publication better and easier to read. While some changes will be visible in the paper, some will take place behind the scenes. We ask for your patience, as we understand that change is not always easily accepted, but sometimes necessary.
Patience — a learned virtue
As a child, my mother liked to say I was spirited and I taught her patience.
My grandmother had other ideas. She referred to me as that child who couldn’t sleep without his daily dose of timeouts or spankings (both of which I got plenty). As an adult looking back, I’m convinced I was a bit of both.
Attendance in school important for children’s future
I am writing to make you aware of an important issue regarding the education of our military children. Research has proven that there is a high correlation between school attendance and academic performance and success, while absence from school is often the greatest single cause of poor performance and achie vement.
Rocking the baby belly at the gym
I’m seven months pregnant and I still work out and will continue to do so. I know, many of you just gasped at me. It’s okay, in fact it’s more than okay. I am allowed to work out with a baby in my stomach. In fact, it’s actually suggested. So please, while I’m at the gym and jogging on the treadmill or squatting 30 pounds, don’t give me a dirty look.
Device may be world’s greatest wonder or downfall to humanity
Star Trek is one of my favorite sci-fi series. It’s amazing how many of the props used in the different shows and movies have actually become reality.
Road trip reveals states of the union’s quirks, differences
I recently took a cross-country trip across half of America to see my son graduate from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, near San Antonio.