It's Been a Year

  It's Been a Year Photography and Text by Jules Hovee Steffen...more

Mouthwatering Memorial Day Menu

It’s here! The official start of the summer season and this is the outdoor feast that starts the next three months of sunshine-filled fun with a bang! Break out the BBQs, fill the coolers with ice, blast some hit, and it’s time to celebrate summer with this memorable menu! And don’t forget to toast our fallen soldiers and service men abroad because after all, it’s the reason for the start of the season! Memorial Day Mushroom Burger...more

The Lazy Days of Summer

It’s Memorial Day Weekend, a time to celebrate those who have served our country, spend time with family, barbeque, and hit the pool for the first time. For me, it has always marked the beginning of summer....more

This Memorial Day -- Think of Freedom Alliance

Witnessing the airport return of soldiers flying in from protecting America overseas is a sobering experience. In camouflage fatigues and combat boots, carrying oversized green backpacks and straining to glimpse a loved one, the random traveler is merely a prop in a scene made for heroes. ...more

Freedom Is Not Free

All week I've seen ads for Memorial Day sales, offers for Memorial Day travel, and posts about what your plans are for the holiday. Where did the meaning get lost? Memorial Day (originally Decoration Day) was instituted after the Civil War to honor the war dead. After World War I, it was expanded to include the dead from all wars. Your flag is to be flown at half-staff from dawn until noon and then raised for the remainder of the day....more

Thank you for a reminder of what this day is for. To often we forget this day is to honor the ...more

Rock The Bod You’re In

Between the New Year’s Resolutions of January 1st and the official start of summer on Memorial Day (May 30th this year, if you’re curious) there stands an obstacle course of temptation. Valentine’s Day and Easter are two of the most terrifying obstructions to your making good on your intentions of losing weight or getting fit....more

A Memorial Day Reunion

A Memorial Day Reunion ...more

Memorial Day: Two Served - One Came Home

It was not long after our family arrived in the Washington DC area that my husband was promoted to a higher rank in the Air Force. My father in law came out from Wyoming to attend the promotion ceremony. The kids were excited to have Grandpa visit, and toss the ole pigskin around the back yard with them. The weather was beautiful for October, it was warm and felt more like a mid-summer day than mid-fall. Given the gorgeous weather, it was decided we would trek into DC, walk along The Mall and see the various war memorials. ...more

What a wonderful story, Devra! Thank you so much for sharing it. You're so right that people ...more

A Memorial Day Lament : We Owe Them No Less

Memorial Day. This is not supposed to be a day about picnics and store-wide sales. It is day about remembering. Specifically, it is a day we recall the losses experienced through war. In England, on Remembrance Day, the whole country goes silent for two minutes - on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Everything stops. People stand still in the streets. Traffic does not move. Customers are not served. Everyone gets quiet and remembers the fallen. Here in America, we have so many fallen to remember. ...more