Tag: military spouses

Enduring a colonoscopy means turning the other cheek

Enduring a colonoscopy means turning the other cheek

| January 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Lisa Smith Molinari Contributing Writer It seems that every humor writer on Earth has penned an amusing account of his or her root canal, mammogram or other cringe-worthy medical procedure. Arguably, the intimate details of one’s doctors’ appointments should not be published for the masses to read. However, many unscrupulous writers have plucked this low […]

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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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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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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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The Meat and Potatoes of Life: Explore the injustices of eternal teenage angst

The Meat and Potatoes of Life: Explore the injustices of eternal teenage angst

| July 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

I’d lay on my mock-brass twin bed, ensconced in my Kliban Cat comforter, staring at the yellow walls. None of the billions of teenage girls who had lived before me had ever been through what I had been through. No one understood me.

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The Meat and Potatoes of Life: Graduation generates a journey down memory lane

The Meat and Potatoes of Life: Graduation generates a journey down memory lane

| May 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Lisa Smith Molinari Contributing Writer Believe it or not, hoarding comes in pretty handy around high school graduation time. Over the years, my family has been concerned about my propensity to save everything from hospital bracelets to matchbooks.  But I’ve always felt compelled to squirrel things away, like my old Holly Hobby sewing machine, our […]

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Operation Homefront offers 2016 ‘Star-Spangled Babies Shower’

Operation Homefront offers 2016 ‘Star-Spangled Babies Shower’

| April 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Operation Homefront’s Star-Spangled Babies showers offer military moms the opportunity to develop relationships with other military families and to learn about educational resources in the area.

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The Meat and Potatoes of Life: Get lucky on St. Patrick’s Day and skip the cuisine

The Meat and Potatoes of Life: Get lucky on St. Patrick’s Day and skip the cuisine

| March 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

There is one saving grace of St. Patrick’s Day cuisine.

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The Meat and Potatoes of Life: A military spouse’s greatest worry is the unknown

The Meat and Potatoes of Life: A military spouse’s greatest worry is the unknown

| January 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Lisa Smith Molinari Contributing Writer “What’s next? When will we move? Where will we go?” Like any military spouse, these are the questions that swirl in my mind now that my Navy husband, Francis, is in the last year of his current tour of duty. But unlike most levelheaded military spouses, I’m one of those […]

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We can dance if we want to

We can dance if we want to

| October 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Every year about this time, I go on a half-hearted crash diet involving tuna fish, hard-boiled eggs and colon-cleansing rabbit food.

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