Tag Archives: Dad

It’s been a while, but when lightning strikes…

I should have scrolled back to see when my last post was.  I really should have.  I am kind of scared to, because I am afraid that the year in “18” instead of “19” and that is just… well, there’s no excuse for that.  Despite working 4 jobs, 3 jobs? (I’m not sure how to …

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My search for the elusive, probably nonexistent, perfect gift

Have you ever heard of the 5 Love Languages? If you have, chances are, you might have attended a chaplain’s marital retreat, marriage counseling, or some kind of couples/marital focused retreat or seminar.  If you haven’t feel free to click that link. I have been on enough Strong Bonds (chaplain’s) retreats to be able to recite …

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FOOD (one of our favorite topics!)

When you read the book *coming out in December- woot!*, you’ll notice Dad talks a LOT about the food in Vietnam. He goes into the Army provided rations, the local fruits and vegetables and the taco stand.  Yes, the taco stand.  In Vietnam. So during our usual Thursday lunch meeting, I suggested a new place. …

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An Open Letter to Children of Combat Veterans (take 2)

Happy 4th of July Weekend! I remember being a child and loving this weekend.  It was the best weekend of summer!  I was already well established into my sleeping in late/staying up late, lounging around, playing outside and swimming schedule, so 4th of July just meant parties!  Parties and Fireworks- and food! There will be …

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Dad’s 75th Birthday Extravaganza (and — I did a 5K and lived to tell about it!)

All of my friends and colleagues that are familiar with my Facebook habits (documenting my life, step by step via Facebook) always say “you’re so busy” or “you never sit still on the weekends!”.  Looking at my Facebook, one would THINK that, but I will tell you what it actually is.  I seem to have …

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Thank you, USS Yorktown Veteran

I am spending my 3 day weekend enjoying what SC has to offer.  I started the weekend in Charleston, SC with my younger sister, who is on a 4 day weekend pass. The second half of the weekend is to be spent with friends in Myrtle Beach (aka, my second home) On my way up …

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PTSD and IKEA

Have you ever been to IKEA?  It’s a large Swedish based store that is all over the world now.  The first floor (at least the ones I’ve been to) you walk through is actually the 2nd floor.  Meaning, you walk in on the ground level and are “forced” to take an elevator or escalator to …

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First Excerpt from “The Book” (ok, it’s a paragraph)

So many of you have wanted to read the book, but like any artiste (said, with the over accentuated accent), I don’t want to share my work until it is complete.  With a book, this takes a very, very long time.  I also HAVE to share it with certain people- editors, my writing group that …

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My Dad and food

I always wondered where I got my love of food from, especially my love of cooking.  Growing up, Mom did most of the cooking, but every once in a while Dad would grace us with one of his Mexican specialties- Carne Asada, Carne Guisada, ‘Migas (Chilaquiles to some) and the ever popular, tacos and burritos. …

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Putting PTSD on paper

Introductory posts are so cliché, but here I go…. I’m working on my first book (and possibly my last book).  I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker by day (basically, a therapist) and I work with a LOT of Service Members with PTSD.  I even have another blog about it (shameless self promotion!) and you can …

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