FORT POLK, La. — Parenthood brings with it many decisions: Breastfeeding or formula? Disposable or cloth diapers? Stroller or baby carrier? Work or be a stay-at-home mom? Feed baby food or practice baby-led weaning?
When my daughter was born, I was overwhelmed with the choices I had to make, worrying I would make the wrong parenting move.
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FORT POLK, La. — Military chaplains are not ordinary pastors nor are their parishioners. Chaplains are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week, 365 days per year.
In most countries, in every part of the world, and certainly where the United States deploys its military, the chaplain is right there.
Military chaplains have parishioners who “come as they are”, un-showered, tired and carrying a weapon.
They may have just returned from a mission to help a civilian family or village, snatch and grab, identify a high value target or on patrol.
They may have received bad news from home: Someone is sick, dying or dead, or just returned from a firefight where they had to kill. Our makeshift parking lot is filled with HUMMWVs, tanks and armored personal carriers.
Life is surely about more than just the daily grind of routine.
Some people look out there and can’t see a thing. What does your future look like to you? Vaclav Havel, the first president of the Czech Republic, wrote that all human institutions fail. The pursuit of the good life will not help us. Turning to and serving God is needed. Without God we forget who we are. From that perspective then, the only remedy for a broken world is for us to remember who we really are and what we need is relationship with God.
The world will change for the better only as we seek and speak of peace, trust and love even when others don't deserve it. This beacon of peace will attract others to it. It is my desire to become like human super glue, where friends, co-workers and family will sense peace in my life that will attract others in.
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Super Bowl LI kicks off Sunday evening and that means one thing for true fans — catchers and pitchers report to major league baseball camps in less than two weeks. I know, you probably thought I was going to wax poetic about how the Atlanta Falcons seem to be a team of destiny and are poised to pull an upset over the team that most of the country loves to hate, those alleged cheaters, the New England Patriots.
I cried when Billy Dee Williams, as Gale Sayers, said, “I love Brian Piccolo, and I want you to love him too.”
And yes, when Clarence earned his wings in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the tears were flowing. But no movie has moved me like the recent movie “Hidden Figures.”
The film is based on the true story of three African- American women who overcame prejudice and jealousy to provide the National Aeronautic and Space Administration with the mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions.
Regardless of whether it’s is cold, humid and wet or a one, two punch of both, winter in Louisiana can be difficult to wade through. So, when the doldrums of January and February come calling, don’t give up hope. Fight off depression with a plethora of great ideas to have indoor fun, at least until the warmth and beauty of spring takes hold once again.
The following are just a few of my own personal go to activities — most of which can be done with or without your children — to keep from going batty when cabin-fever hits:
• It’s hammer time — If you own a home, or even rent, you know there are endless tasks that need to be done as far as upkeep and cleaning go. Jump in and mark a few items off your list while you have the time. If you finish all the dull projects like changing lights, fixing leaks and cleaning toilets, you might have fun with a redecorating project. Paint, rearrange and refinish your way to a room with a whole new look.
WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning believes the Army needs to change how it provides support to Soldiers and their Families.
Speaking at the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C. Dec. 8 before representatives and members of the Blue Star Families, an organization founded in 2009 that performs one of the largest surveys of military families and directs them to sources of support, Fanning noted the number of military families with stay-at-home spouses is shrinking.
"The Army needs to recognize that more military spouses are working now," Fanning said. "We must adjust to a reality where it's no longer expected that married Soldiers will have a stay-at-home spouse who takes care of the family and homestead and does volunteer work on the side."