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Military life offers a different holiday lens

Military life offers a different holiday lens

| December 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

For most military families like ours, frequent moves are an unavoidable part of life. And at some point, Uncle Sam stations you somewhere that looks and feels completely foreign. Since holidays are all about tradition, the absence of those traditions can leave you longing for the holidays you grew up with back home.

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Five bucks’ worth of holiday joy

Five bucks’ worth of holiday joy

| December 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Every year, there it was, Pop’s gift for me, propped among the branches of our Christmas tree.

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Intensive program for veterans helps families, too

Intensive program for veterans helps families, too

| November 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Home Base is a veteran and family care program founded in 2009 by the Boston Red Sox and Massachusetts General Hospital. It is one of four such facilities at academic medical centers – the others are Rush in Chicago, Emory in Atlanta, and UCLA in Los Angeles.

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Hey Mom, tricks (and treats) are for kids

Hey Mom, tricks (and treats) are for kids

| October 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Lisa Smith Molinari reminisces about taking her son trick-or-treating when he was 2 years old.

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Many world duty stations makes mom a moody foodie

Many world duty stations makes mom a moody foodie

| October 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Lisa Smith Molinari Contributing Writer I’ll try anything once. Well, maybe not cliff diving … or running with the bulls … or a Mohawk hairdo … or silicone lip injections. But when it comes to food, I’m totally adventurous. Every time our military family moved to a new place, I couldn’t wait to try the […]

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Football parents guilty of excessive celebration

Football parents guilty of excessive celebration

| October 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Lisa Smith Molinari contrasts her experiences cheering on her son at football, and her daughters at cross-country.

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Yes, there have been other men (and a few women) in my life

Yes, there have been other men (and a few women) in my life

| October 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Lisa Smith Molinari details her encounters with the gate guards on military installations.

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Just do it – visit your spouse during R&R

Just do it – visit your spouse during R&R

| September 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Lisa Smith Molinari pulls strings to be able to visit her husband during his rest and relaxation time in Djibouti.

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Father’s Day offers a time for processing flashbacks of dad

Father’s Day offers a time for processing flashbacks of dad

| June 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

My father had raised me, protected me, cared for me, loved me. I love and appreciate him.

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Summer moving season means ‘Heartbreak Fridge’

Summer moving season means ‘Heartbreak Fridge’

| June 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Lisa Smith Molinari has memories in her refrigerator.

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