Maggie Phillips

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Maggie Phillips is an Army brat raising three Army brats of her own. She has been married to her soldier for over 10 years. Maggie is a former Biden Foundation Military Families Fellow who has written about military life for ARMY Magazine, Military Spouse Magazine online, NextGen MilSpouse, the Military Officers Association of America, and the National Military Family Association. She is a web and social content writer by profession and a standup comic because of a deep-seated need for attention. Follow her on Instagram at @maggies_words.
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At Ease: Taking a Day Off With Your Little Platoon

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Do you have a day off scheduled into your week? I didn't always. Once I became intentional about it, I don't know how I lived without it. When I began my journalism fellowship at Tablet magazine,...
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I’m PCSing without Facebook Groups…and I’m Not Too Worried

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I got rid of Facebook a couple years ago. It felt great. Then, like Michael Corleone, just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in. At first, it was because I was helping...

Can I Just Sit Down?

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We all have hopes and dreams. Most days, mine is some version of, "Can I just sit down?" I don't voice it very often, even to myself. However, sometimes in the middle of a busy...
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Thinking Beyond Local: Supporting Community in 2021

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Over the past year, we've seen and heard many entreaties to support local businesses. Lately, I've become increasingly convinced that this commitment should include more than just businesses. What about the needs of our...
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My Anti-Holiday Gift Manifesto

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The older I get, the less I like gifts: holiday gifts, birthday gifts, "just because" gifts, that thing where your neighbors leave an anonymous basket of items from the dollar bin at Target with...
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What Will We Remember When the Monotony Is Over?

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It's fitting that this year 2020 is the same number, repeated in a pattern. Two-oh-two-oh. Twenty-twenty. For many of us, this has been the rule since March of 2020–the same thing, repeated in a pattern. As...
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The Frustrations of a Military Spouse During Election Season

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Let's get something out of the way: this piece is not political. It is about politics, though. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science that I don't get to dust off very often, so this time...
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PCS Season Is The Worst For Everyone This Year

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I recently made and sent out a meme to some friends. Like me and my family, they stayed at our current location during this summer PCS season. I'll explain it. The installation where we live sees...
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The Great American: A Better Country Starts at Home

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A couple of years ago, I was privileged to work with a very inspiring group of young people. They were committed to making positive change in our country in a way that I definitely...
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Rethinking the Front Porch Portrait: a Message from the Past

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The front porch portrait and its appeal somewhat elude me. Maybe I'm not sentimental enough; it's definitely the contrarian in me. These family pictures do fascinate me, though. I find myself wondering about their historical...

Friday Favorites – Podcasts for Kids

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Welcome to our newest series. In "Friday Favorites," our team will share a handful of favorite items. These can range from clothes to beauty products to recipes to books and anything in between. “Hey! That’s...
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Military Moms and Spouses in Popular Media

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My husband and I recently finished watching the Netflix series "Bodyguard." Military moms and spouses: consider this your spoiler alert and also a trigger warning.  The plot of "Bodyguard" crucially hinges on the main...