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Aug.04.2008
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I asked Nancy Sutherland, sales director of Mary Kay, to write a guest post describing an important project that she is promoting. (She has her own blog at http://nancymkqueen.wordpress.com.) Imagine it's hot, sandy with a nice breeze but you're not at the beach AND you are wearing up to 100...
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Aug.01.2008
In my July 27th post (http://tinyurl.com/55zq2z), National Guardsman Big Tobacco (www.big-tobacco.blogspot.com) currently deployed in Iraq provided his response to my July 20th post about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in military personnel (http://tinyurl.com/6eu789). In that same July...
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Aug.01.2008
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In my July 27th post (http://tinyurl.com/55zq2z), National Guardsman Big Tobacco (www.big-tobacco.blogspot.com) currently deployed in Iraq provided his response to my July 20th post about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in military personnel (http://tinyurl.com/6eu789). In that same July...
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Jul.31.2008
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This week An Army Wife's Life blog is having a giveaway contest for MRS. LIEUTENANT: A SHARON GOLD NOVEL (see http://tinyurl.com/5gay8z ). To be eligible for the giveaway, people must leave a question for me. And after the giveaway is over I will answer some of the questions. I've been keeping an...
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Jul.29.2008
In response to my July 27th post about expiation for combat killing in connection with an ongoing discussion of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - see http://tinyurl.com/55zq2z - I heard from another active duty military personnel: I spent the mainstay of my early military career as a...
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Jul.28.2008
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My July 23rd blog post "U.S. Military Personnel Trained as Jewish Lay Leaders in Iraq" discussed a July 10th article in the Jewish Daily Forward that I had spotted on www.jewsingreen.com. (See my blog post at http://tinyurl.com/5pk8zu.) The Forward article describes how Rabbi Jon Cutler...
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Jul.28.2008
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My July 20th blog post talked about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in military personnel (see http://tinyurl.com/6eu789). I then asked for an opinion from BT, the National Guard infantryman now serving in Iraq who had a guest post here on July 9th (see http://tinyurl.com/5nahvc). Here's BT...
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Jul.25.2008
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An older National Guard soldier due to deploy to Iraq told his wife the following: What a huge difference between the fraternization briefings I got when we were shipped to Germany in 1976 (an armored brigade to Fulda on the East-West border) and now. The 1976 briefing was four hours of telling...
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Jul.24.2008
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The article about Jewish military personnel in Iraq training as lay leaders caught my eye on www.jewsingreen.com - an online resource for Jews in the U.S. military. I clicked on the link to the July 10th article in the Jewish Daily Forward by Richard Tenorio titled "American Soldiers in Iraq...
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Jul.21.2008
Episode 7 of the television series ARMY WIVES had nothing outstanding about the episode. Yet it again reminded me of what I perceive as the strengths and weaknesses of the show: As always, for me, the parts about the men ring true - Pamela's husband Chase worried that in combat a team member...
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Jul.21.2008
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Soldiers' Angels is an organization benefiting U.S. troops that I have previously blogged about. And on my book's website at www.mrslieutenant.com - in the section on military organizations that support military families - there's a listing for Solders' Angels. So when my husband read in one of...
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Jul.17.2008
The July 17th Daily Variety announced HBO Films is developing a movie based on former CIA agent Frank Snepp's 1999 non-fiction book IRREPARABLE HARM: A FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT OF HOW ONE AGENT TOOK ON THE AGENCY IN AN EPIC BATTLER OVER FREE SPEECH. This is a follow-up to his 1977 non-fiction book...
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Jul.17.2008
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Here's a guest post from Specialist Neil Gussman - he has quite an interesting story to tell about his military service. (When he's not training with the Army National Guard, he writes about the history of chemistry at Chemical Heritage Foundation, a museum and library of the history of chemistry...
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Jul.17.2008
In episode 6 of Season 2 of Lifetime Television's ARMY WIVES there was something that bothered me very much: Betty, the owner of the Hump Bar, uses the word "gypped" to mean "cheated." It amazes me that the writing staff of ARMY WIVES did not realize that this is a derogatory...
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Jul.13.2008
Racial prejudice is a theme in MRS. LIEUTENANT, which takes place in 1970 only six years after the Civil Rights Act became law in the U.S. and only 20 years after the U.S. Army was integrated in the Korean War in 1950. Racial prejudice is also the theme of the 2006 movie AMAZING GRACE, which my...
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