Hurry up and wait: Soldier and family adjust to their new routines

Nobody could have blamed Johnny Cieslak for bawling as his mother, an Army reservist, kissed him goodbye before leaving for a year-long deployment in a far-away country. The stiff upper lip many military families pride themselves on doesn’t come easily to an 8-year-old. Four months later, the waterworks have pretty much dried up. The only […]

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Shore looks good: Three beach trips for early fall

Don’t know about you, but whenever I feel the need to rejuvenate, I head for the beach. As busy as life and work get sometimes, it’s hard to feel stressed when your toes are buried in sand and your lungs are full of the salty sea air. At the shore, it’s easy to forget about […]

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