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August 29, 2012

Acadia National Park: Take a walk with Estee Moran

Posted 07:06AM on August 29 2012 by Estee Moran | User Comments (230) Categories: Alison Buckholtz | Tags: Acadia national park, Alison buckholtz, Blue star families

Estee Moran took a special trip to Acadia National Park.  She wanted to share a bit about what she learned on her vacation.  Check out her photos and her cheeky captions. 

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August 28, 2012

Acadia National Park: A milkid's tale

Posted 08:10AM on August 28 2012 by Ethan Moran | User Comments (34) Categories: Alison Buckholtz | Tags: Acadia national park, Alison buckholtz, Blue star families, Ethan moran, Military families

"Awwww MOM ... I don't wanna go to a National Park!"  Hear how this familiar sound turns out for one military family. 

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October 18, 2010

Military Suicides: Where's the "It Gets Better" for Troops?

Posted 08:25AM on October 18 2010 by Alison Buckholtz | User Comments (24) Categories: Alison Buckholtz, Spouse Issues, Wounded Warriors | Tags: Los angeles times, Mental illness, Suicide

I've watched all of the "It Gets Better" videos that have crossed my desktop since the campaign began. In these affecting testimonials prompted by the increase in suicides of young gay men, celebrities and public figures speak out to reassure those bullied about their sexuality that the pressures do eventually ease.

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September 13, 2010

Homecoming and a Thank You

Posted 17:47PM on September 13 2010 by Alison Buckholtz | User Comments (47) Categories: Alison Buckholtz, Deployment | Tags: Alison buckholtz, Deployment, Deployment diary, Homecoming, Slate, Standing by

The clapping, the hooting, the whistling: It was all very familiar. As I hurried toward the terminal at Baltimore-Washington Airport, where U.S. troops land after serving overseas, I spotted the cheerful retirees from Operation Welcome Home who applaud each service member returning from deployment.

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June 01, 2010

What Kind of Person Flies a Flag on the Front Porch?

Posted 23:17PM on June 01 2010 by Alison Buckholtz | User Comments (39) Categories: Alison Buckholtz, Spouse Issues | Tags: American flag, Patriotism

by Alison Buckholtz

This is the first year I've owned a big American flag, and it came to my house almost by accident. A military-oriented magazine I wrote for last summer asked for a family photo, and the editor was very specific about the setting: front porch, flag fluttering in breeze. Sunset would be a plus.

I understood and intended to comply. But when the photographer arrived, I still hadn't had time to buy a flag. As we said goodbye to him after the initial shoot, he asked to come back the following week for more pictures, so we could get the shot with the colors. I ventured out to Home Depot, and, by the time he returned, the flag waved from one of the columns in front of our house—just the way it looks in postcards.

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April 15, 2010

Having the Sex Talk While Your Husband is Deployed

Posted 00:48AM on April 15 2010 by Alison Buckholtz | User Comments (8) Categories: Alison Buckholtz, Deployment, Spouse Issues | Tags: Alison buckholtz, Deployment, Military children

I never saw it coming. Then again, I didn't grow up with pets. I bought Ethan, now 7 years old, and Estee, now 5, a guinea pig when their dad deployed last summer, and last week we acquired a second guinea pig, a surprise birthday gift from a family friend. One of the neighbors, a slightly older boy named Sam, was playing at our house when the new rodent made her debut. I wasn't in the room at the time, but found out later that he proclaimed that guinea pig babies would be in our future; to help matters along, he instructed the kids to place the female in the same cage as the male.

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March 05, 2010

Why Do All the Letters Sent by Military Wives Disappear?

Posted 21:09PM on March 05 2010 by Stephanie Himel-Nelson | User Comments (103) Categories: Alison Buckholtz, Deployment, Spouse Issues | Tags: Blogs, Military families, Military spouses

I've written letters to my much-deployed husband, Scott, on monogrammed stationery, hotel letterhead, notebook paper, and even, once, in the margins of a menu from a restaurant in Switzerland. In Japan, I invested heavily in cards that featured cute animals of different species talking to one another; when I worked in an office, I scribbled on the back of recycled meeting agendas. But only the memory of these letters exists.

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February 11, 2010

Slogging through to Halfway

Posted 21:26PM on February 11 2010 by Stephanie Himel-Nelson | User Comments (47) Categories: Alison Buckholtz, Deployment, Spouse Issues | Tags: Deployment, Military family, Military spouse

Most military spouses experience the mid-deployment blues, and as I near the halfway point of my husband's 14-month absence, I recognize the signs; in my case, though, the mid-deployment black-and-blues have rendered me useless. Last fall, I fractured my foot and wore a cast for six weeks; just as that was healing, I slipped on a patch of black ice and hit my head.

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December 17, 2009

Lighting the White House Hannukah Menorah

Posted 20:29PM on December 17 2009 by Alison Buckholtz | User Comments (23) Categories: Alison Buckholtz, Deployment, Military Children | Tags: Alison buckholtz, Barack obama, Chanukkah, Michelle obama, Military families, White house

The scene was familiar, but not our place in it.  Last night, our military family had the honor of lighting the Hanukkah menorah at the White House, reciting the blessings over the candles, and meeting President Obama, Mrs. Obama, and Vice President Biden.

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November 25, 2009

Giving Thanks before Thanksgiving

Posted 19:48PM on November 25 2009 by Stephanie Himel-Nelson | User Comments (92) Categories: Alison Buckholtz, Deployment, Military Children, Spouse Issues | Tags: Deployment, Military children, Thanksgiving

I remember the year we celebrated Thanksgiving on a Sunday evening in October. It was the fall of 2007, the night before my husband, Scott, left for his seven-month deployment on an aircraft carrier.

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