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Teleportation tops the charts for cool magical powers. My kids and I get to experience this magic, usually once or twice a week. The teleportation takes place once we enter the magic portal, that is…the library. When we PCS to...
I never knew how important it was to be able to make where you live, a place that you love until we joined the Navy.  The Navy was never on our radar either--neither my husband nor myself grew up...
The first time I heard of Fort Bliss, Texas, I wasn't entirely convinced that we weren't moving to Mexico. El Paso, Texas, bordering Juárez, Mexico was not on my radar and certainly not on my "wish list" of duty...
With warmer weather and blooming flowers comes the start of PCS season. A PCS, or permanent change of station, can be an eventful, exciting time. But without proper planning it could also be an expensive time.  “The military pays for...
I brought my newborn son home in a snowstorm, or more accurately, just as the blizzard was starting, flakes falling thick and fast as my husband navigated our vehicle at a crawl. Raising a child in hard, cold winters...
Libraries, like so many other institutions, went through difficult times during the covid era. I was just beginning to feel like I was ready to sit through story time on a regular basis with a toddler AND a baby,...
Springtime

Sakura Season

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Springtime is historically a time of rebirth and growth. No place is this more true than Japan. Spring brings Sakura, the beautiful cherry blossoms season. They only last a short time when they are again dormant until next year's season...
I saw the sun today. It makes me feel like winter might just be coming to a close. I also feel like that just might be the naivety of a first-time-up-state-New York transplant. For better or worse we've had lake effect snow,...
Ask anyone in the Air Force, what the worst base is/where do you absolutely not want to get stationed. Nine times out of ten you will hear…Minot. I’m here to tell you, we not only survived, but we thrived…and even...
Twentynine Palms is one of those duty stations. The one some would prefer to skip, the one some can't wait to leave and the one some will leave crying. This is our second time stationed here and I'd be...
People visit Alaska for the midnight sun and come in the winter for the Northern Lights, but what about everyone who lives there and gets to appreciate fall too?! We were lucky enough to spend three autumns in Fairbanks,...
A few years ago, I traded a life in the wacky-weather zone of the Midwest for a life of stable sunshine in Central Florida. And while I do not miss the snow and ice of a Midwest winter, I'll...

Military Lifestyle

To the Mom of a Military Spouse

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An open letter to the Mom of a Military Spouse, Aka my mom. And the moms out there who’ve earned it.  You don’t have your own...
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