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Thu
16
Mar

Parenting comes in different forms; that’s OK

By VIVIAN LOPEZ

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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Fri
03
Mar

Polk Places

Editor’s note: “Polk Places” features interesting places around Fort Polk. If you would like to submit a photo you have taken for “Polk Places,” please e-mail your jpg-format photo sized at 150 pixels and no smaller than 4 inches across to tradingpostads@yahoo.com, and you may see it in a future edition of the Guardian.

 

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Fri
03
Mar

Polk People

Editor’s note: The weekly Guardian feature “Polk People” has changed its format. The question remains the same from week to week, but answers will vary. If you would like to submit your answer to the question, please e-mail your response to the question, “Fort Polk is a nice place to live because ...” to tradingpostads@yahoo.com, or post to facebook at www.facebook.com/JRTCandFort Polk.

 

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Mon
27
Feb

Church in war: Bringing spritual support to those deployed

By Chap. (Lt. Col.) RAYMOND FOLSOM

 

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.

Mon
27
Feb

Chaplain: Seek focus on what is within power to make impact

By Chap. (Capt.) WAYNE VANDELKROL

 

- Helen Keller

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.

 

 

Fri
17
Feb

Polk People

Editor’s note: The weekly Guardian feature “Polk People” has changed its format. The question remains the same from week to week, but answers will vary. If you would like to submit your answer to the question, please e-mail your response to the question, “Fort Polk is a nice place to live because ...”

 

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Thu
02
Feb

Super Bowl means something different for baseball fans

By CHUCK CANNON

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.

 

Thu
26
Jan

‘Hidden Figures’ opens, floods writer’s eyes

By CHUCK CANNON

I cried when Old Yeller had to be put down.

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.  

Thu
12
Jan

Why be bored, blue when you can find tons to do?

By ANGIE THORNE

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.

Thu
29
Dec

Fanning: ‘Changing military Families need support’

By C. TODD LOPEZ 

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."

 

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