Author Archives: Pat

5 Facts About Independence Day

Independence Day!  The Fourth of July!  It’s here. Why not spend a few moments with your kids teaching them some facts about this all important American holiday? It is vital that parents spend time educating their children about our country’s … Continue reading

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Are You Democrat, Republican, or American?

Cold war.  Racial tensions. Giant rifts between US citizens.  Animosity.  Fear.  War.  Lack of tolerance and understanding. World in chaos. That was the 1960’s.  But how much does it sound like our country today?  It just makes the point that if … Continue reading

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Home is the Sailor…

Our son is coming home!  He has left the sandbox and will be with us soon.  Happy dances all around! It has been a long nine months, but it is finally here.  I thought I would share with you what … Continue reading

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Forget the Fourth of July

That is what most people do. Ok, they don’t forget to have picnics, take the day off work, drink adult beverages, run in races, and watch fireworks.  No one forgets it is a holiday–a time to relax and have fun. But … Continue reading

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Should We “Celebrate” Memorial Day?

Imagine you waved good bye to your husband as he trudged off to war.  He hah been there before and came home so you were concerned but less than last time.  However, the unthinkable happened and now you are a young widow with a small child who … Continue reading

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Ten Tips on Sending Gifts to Troops

You are a wife and your husband is deployed.  So he knows you are thinking of him, you want to send a box of goodies…what do you send?  Or say you are a mom or dad and your daughter is … Continue reading

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American Exceptionalism on Display in Boston

Imagine the endless hours spent training for a marathon and now the day has come.  You are in peak condition and excited about being one of the chosen few who get to run the Boston Marathon. You are nearing the … Continue reading

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Why Protect the Second Amendment?

When the founders of our country set about creating a form of government that the world had never before seen, one of the compromises they agreed to was the Bill of Rights.  The Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights … Continue reading

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Holidays During Deployment

Holiday deployments are the worst.  Even though there are many family members who are with you and safe–or with someone else and safe, your mind can’t stop wandering back to the one who is in harm’s way. The joy of … Continue reading

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Snow, Mud and Blood at Valley Forge

Walking back to a hotel in Omaha recently we were assaulted by strong winds and icy snow.  The temperature dropped quickly and we were trying to hurry back to get warm.  Even though I was wearing adequate clothing for the conditions, I was … Continue reading

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