Music should take you places Music should take you places April 17, 2014

There aren’t many things in life that make me feel cool, but jazz music grabs my soul and unleashes an inner smoothness that I don’t normally possess. 

 

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Adventures in space available Adventures in space available April 17, 2014

 

It was never on my bucket list. 

But there I was, wearing a headset with mic while perched in the forward jump seat of a KC-135 Stratotanker cockpit, air refueling aircraft, as it approached the landing strip of Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. Buckled in behind me was my Army retired hubby Phil, with a headset on as well. 
 

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NBA playoffs begin the fun of predicting NBA playoffs begin the fun of predicting April 17, 2014

The NBA playoffs are finally here and it’s time to throw down the gauntlet.

 

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We are new and improved We are new and improved April 10, 2014

After returning in January from Joint Readiness Training Center, he announced at the dinner table that we were running the Mike-to-Mike Half Marathon. 

 

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Tips for talking about college Tips for talking about college April 10, 2014

It’s college-decision time, but before parents of high school seniors engage each other in conversation, take heed. You are about to step into a veritable quagmire of double entendres regarding the seemingly innocuous topic of your child’s college pick.

 

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Sports doesn’t die at the end of football, basketball season Sports doesn’t die at the end of football, basketball season April 10, 2014

Fear not sports fans, I know the darkness that descends at the end of pro football and college basketball season is upon us, but I promise there is hope.

 

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Remember, respect, honor Remember, respect, honor April 03, 2014

Saturday is Gold Star Wives Day.  This day recognizes and brings awareness to the sacrifices of our spouses who courageously carry the banner of freedom that their fallen Soldiers gave their lives for.  

 

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The hidden “I” in team The hidden “I” in team April 03, 2014

At regular intervals throughout his 26-year military career, my husband has been promoted to the next rank. Each time this happens, there is a little ceremony, during which my husband gives a brief speech. After two decades of being married to a Navy man, I have that speech pretty much memorized.

 

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Unity in college sports doesn’t have to come from unionizing Unity in college sports doesn’t have to come from unionizing April 03, 2014

If college sports are able to unionize, the games we all love may never be the same.

 

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A change in eating habits for Lent A change in eating habits for Lent March 27, 2014

For Lent, I’ve gone pescetarian, which translates as vegetarian with a seafood diet.

 

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Welcome to the jungle Welcome to the jungle March 27, 2014

“Dinner!” I wail up our old base house staircase like some kind of aproned howler monkey, hoping it will carry under closed bedroom doors, around earbuds, and through rap songs.

 

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Carolina teams flame out early Carolina teams flame out early March 27, 2014

Going into March Madness I had high hopes for my bracket. Not only did four teams from North Carolina make it to the big dance, but I was also positive they would make a splash this year.

 

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Celebrating character, courage and commitment Celebrating character, courage and commitment March 20, 2014

 

“The best protection any woman can have ... is courage.” 

-Elizabeth Cady Stanton 

leader of the Women’s Rights Movement 

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Warm weather needs to come back Warm weather needs to come back March 20, 2014

One of my favorite things about North Carolina is that it each season is clearly defined.

 

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Panthers learn wrong way to release a legend Panthers learn wrong way to release a legend March 20, 2014

There is no right way to let go of a legendary player and Carolina Panther’s general manager, Dave Gettleman found out just how hard it could be. 

 

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Five reasons I hate bacon Five reasons I hate bacon March 13, 2014

I’ve been a vegetarian for seven years. That’s right, I don’t eat red meat. I do eat dairy and occasionally like a plate of seared scallops. (That’s a shocker, I know. Technically, I’m a pescatarian, but since no one knows what that is, I just say I’m a vegetarian.) 

 

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March Madness fun is here March Madness fun is here March 13, 2014

For first time in a long time, the field is wide open. There’s always some Cinderella out to destroy my bracket, but this year is going to be different. This year my bracket is going to be more than a scrap sheet of paper after the first week. I’m drinking milk and this is the year that my bracket is going to be the last one left standing. 

 

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How to succeed at parenting How to succeed at parenting  March 13, 2014

Although I don’t talk much about it any more, my husband and I raised a child with what has become known as “special needs.” When I gave birth to him in April of 1995, there was no indication that he was anything other than a healthy, 9-pound baby boy. But three years later, a developmental pediatrician would rock our world.

 

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Marriage scams rake in big bucks Marriage scams rake in big bucks March 06, 2014

A few weeks ago I wrote about a woman (notice I did not use the word “lady”) who was selling used positive pregnancy tests so the buyer could trick her man into marrying her. Well, I guess some guy out there felt obligated to try and out-do her.   

 

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My life, a boomerang event My life, a boomerang event March 06, 2014

When I was in middle school, I built a boomerang in woodshop class. For many evenings after school, I’d toss that boomerang and wait for it to return. Oh, what simple joy. I was proud of my handiwork and happy to be able to enjoy the outdoors with something I’d built.

 

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Athletes deserve the right to chose when to walk away from the game Athletes deserve the right to chose when to walk away from the game March 06, 2014

Professional athletes sacrifice a lot to be able to compete at a high level. Their training includes countless hours of practice, strict diets and determination that most of us non-athletes would probably consider crazy. 

 

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Morning commute can be a mood-changer Morning commute can be a mood-changer February 27, 2014

Each morning as I embark on my journey toward the Fort Bragg gates, I am ensured that every day will present a new adventure. Just like everyone else, I drag myself out of bed for the purpose of carrying out my daily duties as a civil service employee. I will admit, some mornings are better than others. On any given morning, you could find me nodding my head to whatever nostalgic R&B song from the 80s slot playing over the SiriusXM station. But on other days, you could also catch me with that I-don’t-want-to-do-this-look on my face as I travel down Cliffdale Road toward my daily grind as assistant editor of the Paraglide.

 

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Skiing on hot air: Lessons learned finally add up Skiing on hot air: Lessons learned finally add up February 27, 2014

“Do I ski? Well, of course,” I’ve dismissed such questions with a pretentious chuckle. “I grew up skiing,” I’d say, hoping my haughty response conjured up images of me slaloming between moguls, skidding to snow-spraying stops, and mingling in Nordic sweaters around cozy lodge fireplaces. 

 

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Time to bring instant replay to college basketball Time to bring instant replay to college basketball February 27, 2014

It’s time for college basketball to get a grip and help its refs. The game moves too fast. It’s not fair to make humans decide game- changing decisions on plays that happen in the blink of an eye. 

 

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Loving Fido is more than hugs Loving Fido is more than hugs February 20, 2014

Today is Love Your Pet Day and I hope every animal companion gets an extra scratch behind the ear, treat or walk.

 

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The old ladies at the gym The old ladies at the gym February 20, 2014

“What ever happened to that older lady that used to be here every week?” I overheard the girl in front of me ask her friend after our pump and sweat class ended at the base gym. 

 

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Baseball star announces retirement Baseball star announces retirement February 20, 2014

I’m not a huge baseball fan, but even I get the enormity of Derek Jeter’s decision to retire from baseball. 

 

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President’s Day Holiday Safety Message President’s Day Holiday Safety Message February 14, 2014

On Feb. 17 we honor all American presidents, but most significantly, we celebrate the birth of two of our nation’s pivotal Leaders, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Over this long weekend many of us will spend time with our Families, friends or just take time to relax in order to reset ourselves. I urge each of  you to take advantage of this weekend and to do so responsibly. We owe it to our fellow Soldiers, Airmen and our Families to remain safe over this weekend.

 

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‘I’m just not happy without you darling’ ‘I’m just not happy without you darling’ February 14, 2014

Amidst the stacks of old bills, the manila envelope stood out like a yellow pylon. Every year, unearthing tax documents yields a mixture of treasure and trash. This tax season, it rendered $80 cash in a billfold, and the manila envelope. 

 

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Winter Olympics has great must watch action Winter Olympics has great must watch action February 14, 2014

While the winter Olympics are different from the Summer Games, that doesn’t mean there aren’t gripping competitions that aren’t worth scheduling on the must-see list. 

 

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A new lease on life A new lease on life February 06, 2014

Last Thursday I got a phone call.

On the other end of the line was my 7-year-old niece, Zoe. She wanted to know my whereabouts.

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Pricing the perfect paradise Pricing the perfect paradise February 06, 2014

Be it a sub-tropical seaside villa in Florida, a rugged mountain chalet in Montana, an Upper East Side condominium, or a Duck-dynasty-esque Louisiana creeka-side, doublewide, everyone has their own idea of the perfect paradise. And everyone hopes that someday they’ll end up retiring there. 

 

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NBA Season finally steps to the forefront NBA Season finally steps to the forefront February 06, 2014

The pro basketball season may have officially started Oct. 29, 2013, but to football fans everywhere, the NBA season just got real.

 

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Suicide is a real issue Suicide is a real issue January 31, 2014

If you ask a person if they know someone who has committed suicide or been affected by it, more than likely, their answer will be “yes.” 

In the Army, the stress of deployments can weigh heavily on a Soldier’s heart, not to mention home life, which can also be rocky at times. 

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Getting prepared for the Super Bowl Getting prepared for the Super Bowl January 31, 2014

Folks everywhere are mobbing the grocery stores for necessary supplies and stockpiling items in their cabinets, pantries and refrigerators. Is there another Herculean arctic superstorm headed our way? Is a deadly combination of high and low-pressure systems colliding in an apocalyptic whirlwind over our nation?

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Things to watch for during the Super Bowl Things to watch for during the Super Bowl January 31, 2014

The NFL season is coming to an end with the biggest game of the year and yet all I want to do is sing slow sad, songs and cry.

This time of year is bittersweet. I’m thrilled to watch the pinnacle of the NFL season with the two best teams facing off in the Super Bowl, but it’s a reminder that I have over 200 days to wait for my next NFL action.

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Honoring the life, works, and accomplishment of Dr. King Honoring the life, works, and accomplishment of Dr. King January 23, 2014

As we honor the life, the works, and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr this week, I consider him a true hero.  Many times when Americans speak of heroes, we often think of military generals. When I think of heroes, Martin Luther King Jr. is among them but I also parallel him with our military generals. Many heroes have emerged from our military during the last 12 years of war, but King also fought for many years. 

 

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My, how time flies … standards change My, how time flies … standards change January 23, 2014

It has been six years since I retired from active service in the U.S. Army, but quite honestly, it seems longer than that.

 

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Bragging doesn’t make you a thug or classless Bragging doesn’t make you a thug or classless January 23, 2014

Richard Sherman is not a pro wrestler, but he may be building a resume worthy of a shot at World Wrestling Entertainment when he no longer plays football.

 

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday message Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday message January 16, 2014

On Jan. 20, our nation will celebrate the birth of one of our honored and esteemed leaders — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Dr. King’s efforts resulted in legislation that guarantees  the universal application of the Constitution for all Americans.   He also gave every American a vision of brotherhood and unity through his practice of non-violence.   

 

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The truth behind the New Year’s resolution The truth behind the New Year’s resolution January 16, 2014

Here’s the deal. Each year, thousands, no millions of U.S. citizens take a pledge on Dec. 31, to do something different with their lives, beginning the following day.

 

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In college football, winning, integrity matters In college football, winning, integrity matters January 16, 2014

Liar, scoundrel, opportunist, proven winner. Bobby Petrino has been called a lot of things. This fall he will again be called coach at the University of Louisville, the very program he ditched in 2006 for a short stint with the Atlanta Falcons.

 

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Social Scam: Soldiers targeted by scammers Social Scam: Soldiers targeted by scammers January 09, 2014

We’ve written about scams aimed at Soldiers many times.  To most it shouldn’t come as a surprise that people looking for love on the Internet are not always who they say they are, to include age and their gender.  We thought the Virginiabased car dealer who gave Soldiers free rides to their dealership only to abandon them there if they didn’t buy a car was pretty low. And of course, there’s everyone’s good friend in Nigeria who is holding millions of dollars for you but needs a few hundred dollars to get the windfall to you.  

 

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Let the needles fall where they may Let the needles fall where they may January 09, 2014

Typically, my love affair with this handy appliance is most intimate during the post-holiday cleanup, after the decorations have been taken down and a veritable minefield of dust bunnies, paper scraps, glitter, forgotten red and green M&Ms and, of course, pine needles is revealed. 

 

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Who will become the NFL’s new champion? Who will become the NFL’s new champion? January 09, 2014

National Football League playoffs are here and after my wild card weekend picks, I know the reason I don’t work in Las Vegas as a professional gambler.

 

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FORSCOM commander’s message FORSCOM commander’s message December 19, 2013

As we approach the end of  2013 and prepare for the New Year, I extend my heartfelt greetings for a joyful Holiday Season and thank each of you for your contributions to securing our great Nation. I am mindful of the many sacrifices our Soldiers and

 

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XVIII Airborne Corps commander’s safety message XVIII Airborne Corps commander’s safety message December 19, 2013

Over the coming weeks many Soldiers and their Families will travel to various destinations around the country to share this joyful season with loved ones.  Unfortunately, the holiday season can also become tragic when we lose Family members and friends to needless accidents and events.  I would like to express my concerns regarding the safety and well-being of our Soldiers and Families over this holiday season.

 

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XVIII Airborne Corps commander’s holiday message XVIII Airborne Corps commander’s holiday message December 19, 2013

I wanted to take a moment to recognize and honor all of you for your dedication and service to our nation with the holiday season upon us and the end of another wonderful year approaching. 

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Cyclical: next generation in driver’s seat Cyclical: next generation in driver’s seat December 12, 2013

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.

 

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From soup to nuts, then back again From soup to nuts, then back again December 12, 2013

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. 

 

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