Tag: military spouse

Pantomiming parasites scare mom during spring break

Pantomiming parasites scare mom during spring break

| March 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Then, I saw something moving on Anna’s forehead. A tiny bug crawled along her hairline. Horrified, I instinctively grabbed her, pinching the bug between my thumb and finger.

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Turns out, civilians are people, too

Turns out, civilians are people, too

| March 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Meat and Potatoes of Life Lisa Smith Molinari Contributing Writer I never imagined that our family’s old minivan – the budget-friendly 2005 Toyota with embarrassing filth ground into her carpets, a spider infestation and a pizza box once taped over a broken window – would one day teach me a profound lesson about the […]

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A military spouse’s mind boggles over Daylight Savings Time

A military spouse’s mind boggles over Daylight Savings Time

| March 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Although I did manage to memorize Francis’ social security number (it’s seared into my psyche like a tattoo), I’ve never been one of those military spouses who internalized acronyms and military idioms. To this day, I still get confused.

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Conversations can go up and down in any marriage

Conversations can go up and down in any marriage

| March 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

One ordinary weeknight, several years ago, my husband, Francis, and I were lingering at the dinner table after the kids had been excused.

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I learned ALOT while binge-watching the Olympics

I learned ALOT while binge-watching the Olympics

| February 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

No one gets it. However, I learned that if you ignore the words, curling is essentially a simple game of shuffleboard. Giant shuffleboard. On weird ice. With brooms. And old people.

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When kids are quiet, something’s not right

When kids are quiet, something’s not right

| February 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Whoever said, “Children should be seen, not heard,” clearly wasn’t a parent.

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Challenges of military life are advantages in disguise

Challenges of military life are advantages in disguise

| February 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Believe it or not, even military separations offer something positive. Aside from the obvious “absence makes the heart grow fonder” phenomenon, there’s also crumbs, clickers and communication to appreciate.

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Joint marital seasoning mix sparks envy from unlikely source

Joint marital seasoning mix sparks envy from unlikely source

| February 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Lisa Smith Molinari Contributing Writer It was another gloomy winter afternoon in our working-class English village. Ever since we’d been stationed at Joint Analysis Center Molesworth in the flat Cambridgeshire, England, countryside know as “The Fens,” I’d found myself counting the minutes until my husband, Francis, got home from work. At that latitude, the sun […]

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You should understand what is MSRRA

You should understand what is MSRRA

| February 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

The MSRRA amends the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, or SCRA, to provide that the spouse of a service member does not lose or acquire a residence or domicile for purposes of taxation by reason of being absent or present in a tax jurisdiction of the United States solely to be with the military member in compliance with the service member’s military orders if the domicile of the SM and the spouse are the same.

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The Meat and Potatoes of Life

The Meat and Potatoes of Life

| January 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Despite all those French fires, the weekly lunches with my friends had kept me healthy during the deployment … and apparently, alive!

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