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Molinari recalls ‘lame duck in the chicken coop’

Molinari recalls ‘lame duck in the chicken coop’

| September 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

In my 23 years as a military spouse, we lived in base housing four times, for a total of eleven years. Although living among sterile government buildings enclosed by fences sometimes made me feel like an inmate in an asylum, the social culture in military housing more closely parallels the behavior of chickens in a coop.

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New study aims to help military families grieve

New study aims to help military families grieve

| September 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

It’s so easy to be indifferent. I tend to become absorbed in my own daily minutia. Flossing my teeth, walking the dog, checking emails, paying bills, planning vacations, watching my latest shows — I often forget that there are thousands of families in our military community who are grieving.

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Molinari reflects upon the ‘last time’ when her youngest daughter goes to college

Molinari reflects upon the ‘last time’ when her youngest daughter goes to college

| September 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

A few days ago, while dropping our youngest child, Lilly, off to start her freshman year of college, I realized that a certain phase of my life as a mother was coming to an end.

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Molinari recalls her husband being in the bathroom, with the razor

Molinari recalls her husband being in the bathroom, with the razor

| August 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Recently, while scraping the toothpaste plops out of our bathroom sink, I had an epiphany.

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Molinari wonders, ‘Can’t we all just get along?’

Molinari wonders, ‘Can’t we all just get along?’

| August 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Last year, after my husband, Francis, transitioned out of the military and and we moved off base, I had to find new friends. Again. This isn’t easy at age 52, when most of my peers have well-established social circles with little room for newbies.

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Molinari learns about military life from watching the soaps

Molinari learns about military life from watching the soaps

| July 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

“In our last episode, publishing mogul Preston Thornton III was still in a coma as a result of the mysterious chandelier accident at his Bay City Mansion. …”

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Molinari gets ‘tacky’ about the cost of milspouse unemployment

Molinari gets ‘tacky’ about the cost of milspouse unemployment

| July 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

My mother hates it when I tell people how much I spend on things.

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Molinari has ‘totally tubular memories of summer fun’

Molinari has ‘totally tubular memories of summer fun’

| July 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

You can call me Parent of the Year. I just gave my 17-year-old daughter permission to go “cliff diving” with her friends at a rocky outcrop overlooking the bay.

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Molinari is caught speeding and becomes ‘a common criminal’

Molinari is caught speeding and becomes ‘a common criminal’

| July 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

The vacation was over. After a week of roasting in the Carolina sun and indulging shamelessly in happy hour beverages and nightly feasts, we packed our sand-sprinkled suitcases, a gluttonous stockpile of leftover food, and our elephant-skinned bodies into our minivan for the brutal 12-hour drive back to Rhode Island.

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Molinari remembers ‘The Wheels of Change’

Molinari remembers ‘The Wheels of Change’

| June 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

This summer, my husband and I must decide whether our daughter should take a car to college in the fall.

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