Taking Kids to the Memorial Day Parade to Honor, to Remember, to Respect

Tomorrow morning, rain or shine, we'll eat our breakfast, get dressed, and head downtown for the Memorial Day parade and ceremony. We'll watch the local Cub Scout troop walk by, the ladies dressed as a flag walking in unison, the Gold Star Mothers wave as they pass by in their car. We'll gather in front of the courthouse and listen to the high school band play the National Anthem, the local barber shop quartet sing "God Bless the USA." We'll listen to a local judge, the mayor, and a person of military interest give a speech. My children will be antsy. I'll hush them. ...more

How To Cut A Watermelon

Yummy watermelon! With Memorial Day and 4th of July just around the corner you're bound to be cutting up a watermelon before you know it! I used to dread cutting up a watermelon and I would usually wait at least a week to cut it up because it was so much work. That was until last year when I learned how to cut a watermelon! If you like to eat watermelon the traditional way (triangle style) this tutorial probably isn't for you. However, if you eat it with a fork you may find this trick helpful :)...more
I hated cutting up watermelon till I learned this trick! Glad you liked it :)more

In Memorium: from my friend Sarvananda Bluestone

 SARVANANDA & HIS FATHERIn Memoriam: Lieutenant-Colonel Nathan B. Bluestone, M.D....more

Showing Gratitude on Memorial Day

As a former military spouse, showing gratitude on Memorial Day for our service men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country is high on my list of priorities. Yes, the day is commonly known as the un-official beginning of summer, the end of the school year for many and the day to breakout the Grill Master.  Often Memorial Day is confused with Veterans Day which celebrates all service members living and dead. To some the distinction seems minute. Celebrating our service members across the board should be embraced and done regularly....more
@Denise So you definitely "get" it! Thanks for the support!!!more


I am an active duty soldier standing guard this Memorial Day.  My day is Armed Forces Day.  Do not thank me today.  Today is not my day.I am a veteran who served with pride.  My day is Veterans Day.  Do not thank me today.  Today is not my day.I am a sailor at rest deep beneath the sea in the Arizona.  Remember me today.  Today is my day.I am a soldier asleep in the fields of Normandy.  I never made it home.  Cry for me.  Today is my day....more

Go Visit the Dead

It's a left turn off the main drag, past the house with the high stone foundation, up and down a couple of green hills that get greener and shadier. At the dip in the road is the entrance to Riverside Cemetery, headstones spread out on the hills on both sides of the road. The main entrance is an always-open wrought iron gate next to a white shed with hand-written signs posted on the side listing the little rules. No planting flowers. Pots left after the season will be upturned. Cemetery workers will not water the plants. You must do this yourself....more

Victory Lane

Memorial Day is one of my favorite holiday weekends.  First, it’s three days.  Who doesn’t love that? And of course the symbolic remembrance of our armed forces makes it special.  The official start of summer is a plus too, although I’m not looking forward to the possibility of another record-breaking heat wave.  My favorite part of this particular weekend is the Indy 500....more

Spotlight on Memorial Day: Semper Fi, A Marine's Run

Looking to change up my exercise routine, I ran a race Sunday that honored those in the military. The real honor came at the end when I cheered for Yuyri Zmysly, a man who doctors said could forever be in a vegetative state....more

Honoring My Dad on Memorial Day

Photo of my father as a baby sitting with his father and mother. ...more