Why I appreciate Veterans in the classroom

At the end of last semester, one of my students handed me a small, but weighty envelope. When I opened it, I found a thank you card and a large coin with U.S. Marine Corps insignia and the word Veteran at the top. Inside the card, she had written thanks to me for challenging her to go outside of her comfort zone all semester.I felt so moved as we shook hands and said end-of-semester goodbyes....more

My Favorite Veteran: Dad

Dad.  The flag suits him, always.  (Photo and flag courtesy of my sister, Pam.  She planned ahead, before the snowstorm hit Denver on 11/10/15.)  ...more

It's Monday!!!

Most people dread Mondays, but for me Mondays are the best day of the week! Monday is Luis' first day off so I get my partner in parenting back for 3 days! Also Mondays make me feel like I can take on the world for some reason. Maybe since it's the beginning of the week and every week calls for new opportunities. ...more

A grateful heart: My thanks to those who serve

 Jason Sommes flying the Grumman Bearcat in Watsonville, ...more

Remembrance and Gratitude

November 11 is a day for reflection and gratitude.As humans, we aim to be honourable and virtuous while hoping that the challenges to which we are called will be surmountable.  As parents, we raise our children to stand up for what is right but pray that this will never require them to lay down their lives....more

A Veteran's Story

At the end of the workday yesterday, my coworkers and I had a brief conversation about Veterans Day.  Actually, it was barely a conversation and more, "Oh, Veterans Day is tomorrow.  Why don’t we have off for that?"I told everyone that my father was in Vietnam, and got the same reaction I often do when I tell people this:  "Wow, really????"So of course I HAD to show them this photo (one of my faves):...more

Please Support or Volunteer

Today is Veterans Day 2014. We can not all serve but we can all support so consider buying a book or donating time and effort to organizations from Operation Care and Comfort or even OneBrick.org. Its the most we can do for those whom sacrifice so much for our country. Patricia Appelquist Best Wishes Always ...more

When Did Vietnam Veterans Become Heroes?

Vietnam veterans weren't heroes when they came home. When you hear one say that his homecoming was disappointing, that he might have even gotten a hostile reception, he's not exaggerating. That's how it was. I know....more

10 Things the Military Taught Me About Marriage

I am the wife of an Iraqi War Vet who gave eight years of service, served for multiple deployments, and did two tours in Iraq. The first eight years of my marriage were shaped by his involvement in the military.I would love to say that my marriage has always been rooted in the ideals I've since come to understand, but we learned the hard way. We have always loved each other and we have been honest, faithful, and true to our vows. Still, we have both made major mistakes in our marriage; the military life is hard....more
Hello blogger, I love all your advices about military marriage, I have not gone through it ...more

Wounded Warriors and Veterans Day

Julie from Just Jules ...more