Time to Unplug!

And there you have it. My official diagnosis: mental obesity.

MSNBC business writer has nailed all of my symptoms: scatterbrained, fried feeling, exhausted. I thought it was the absolute lack of sleep and my five children harassing me 23 of the 24 hours a day. But no, it appears as though I am spending too much time trying to take too much stuff into my brain.

Speak up

After 20 children and their teachers were gunned down in Newtown, Conn., I spent hours tearfully watching the coverage and asking, as many Americans did, why?

I could barely look at my own nearly 6-year-old without feeling a twinge of guilt over the fact that I could scoop him up in a cascade of kisses and laughter while these families were feeling unimaginable pain.

Tomorrow is another day

It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.

Let’s just say, I’m not worried about the sudden drop off of the Mayan Calendar today. Why? Because, the universe has a sense of humor.

Here are my top five reasons why tomorrow is just another day:

Deployment time = Murphy’s Law

Hello Mr. Murphy, so lovely to see you again.

Yep, it’s that time again, my husband is TDY for the month and no sooner had the wheels of his plane lifted off the island and bam! The proverbial poo hit the fan.

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Two of my favorite things about this job is I get to work from my kitchen table and bring quality information to my fellow military spouses. Occasionally I get the opportunity to tell you about discounts as well!

The tough marriage conversation

The recent admission of an extramarital affair by Gen. David Petraeus is shocking to civilians. Soldiers pledge to be steadfast, honorable and loyal. The thought of such sleazy, undercover dealings seems uncharacteristic.

We are Thankful

Today, there will be no grandparents to squeeze my children tight. There will be no slaps on the back from annoying cousins or nasty looks from prying in-laws. We will gather around our Thanksgiving Day table with no family … by blood.

Living paycheck to paycheck? You can fix that

If you had to come up with $1,000 right now for an emergency, could you do it?

If you had to save $1,000 in the next two months for an emergency, could you?

The military has a contingency plan for every scenario imaginable. But when those same soldiers head home at night, often the most long-term plan their families have made is what is being served for dinner.

That’s the findings of Gary Ward, retired Navy chief and certified financial planner and owner of Government Personnel Financial Services in Aiea, Hawaii.

Education funds for military spouses

When I think back to my first year of college, I thank goodness that I really had no idea what was happening.

As a naïve, Midwestern 18-year-old, my parents kept rabid control over all family finances and decisions - to include how I was eventually to pay for college.

Military places, haunted spaces

Time marches forward. Wars begin. Wars end. Soldiers and families move on. But the ghosts remain. Sometimes, in the very quarters your family has been assigned.

The military has some pretty haunted spaces: airfields, hospitals, ships, even living quarters. I have heard stories about spooky happenings in all of these places.

Now, I’ll tell you my ghost story.


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