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Molinari explains the way the cookies crumbled

Molinari explains the way the cookies crumbled

| December 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

There is a certain kind of limbo that takes place between Christmas and New Years.

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Ow! Christmas tree, says Molinari

Ow! Christmas tree, says Molinari

| December 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

This year, my husband, Francis, and I went to a local farm to pick out our Christmas tree together. In 25 years of marriage, there was one year — and only one, so help me God — in which Francis bought a tree without me.

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Molinari tells of her strange holiday addiction

Molinari tells of her strange holiday addiction

| December 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

“You didn’t buy another ceramic Christmas tree, did you?” my husband, Francis, asked, holding the box the mailman had left on our porch.

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Molinari finds that Thanksgiving has been interrupted

Molinari finds that Thanksgiving has been interrupted

| November 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

And so it begins. No sooner did use my thumbnail to scrape a dribble of turkey gravy off my sweater, than — WHOMP! — the Christmas hoopla hit me like a freight train.

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Molinari recalls an obituary she cannot forget

Molinari recalls an obituary she cannot forget

| November 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

A few of years ago, a friend sent me the link to an obituary she’d read in the Boston Globe over coffee that morning. I didn’t know the woman who had died.

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Philanthropy, sorority could become casualties of frat misconduct

Philanthropy, sorority could become casualties of frat misconduct

| November 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

I was about to hit delete when the words “Greek life,” “hazing” and “criminal charges” caught my eye. It was another email blast from from an administrative muckety-muck at our daughter Anna’s university, but this one didn’t look like the usual update about tuition increases.

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Ending veteran homelessness takes more than spare change

Ending veteran homelessness takes more than spare change

| November 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

In 2010, when President Obama pledged to end veteran homelessness in ten years, I cynically thought it was an empty political promise during a time when it was popular to support military issues. But don’t you know, he nearly did it.

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Some horrors may not even scare kids anymore, says Molinari

Some horrors may not even scare kids anymore, says Molinari

| October 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Having grown up when kids roamed freely while parents smoked Salems, wore belted vests, ate pimento cheese and adjusted console televisions, my upbringing was undoubtedly different than my children’s.

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Recruiters face anti-military influencers

Recruiters face anti-military influencers

| October 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Back in 2011, my husband, Francis, reported to Naval Station Mayport, Florida to be the staff intelligence officer (N2) of the US Fourth Fleet.

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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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