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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Posts Tagged ‘Afghanistan’

How to support military families

Angie Barber, Brad Barber, Ethan Barber, Arizona Military Families

Angela Carmean is due any day. And while the Marine Corps spouse looks perfectly stylish with a burgeoning belly and glowing skin, her pregnancy isn’t entirely stress free. Her Marine aviator spouse is preparing for deployment and doesn’t expect to be home for the birth. “I’ve got several friends who have all agreed to be […]

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No deadline on thank you

All I had to do was stick a couple of magazines in some envelopes and affix mailing labels. I’m not sure why it took me a month to do it. I could offer the typical excuses — deadlines, conflicting demands on my time. December, after all, is a busy month. But when I face it […]

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Parenting from Afghanistan

KABUL – This year will mark the third consecutive Christmas that I’ll spend half a world away from my wife and our sons. Like thousands of other Arizonans, I’ll spend the holiday season in Afghanistan, where the decade-long war and reconstruction effort continue simultaneously. I work as a civilian employee of the Army, assigned to the […]

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Reading tea leaves

Like many fans of Greg Mortenson’s Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace One School at a Time, I was glued to the TV Sunday night watching the “60 Minutes” broadcast reporting allegations that parts of Mortensen’s original memoir never happened. Like many fans who have followed Mortenson’s story, I didn’t want […]

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Follow the film

After seeing Friday’s Google art commemorating the April 16 birthday of famed entertainer Charlie Chaplin, Lynn Trimble explores a bit of Chaplin’s bio — then shares news of a fun place to enjoy contemporary film in the heart of Roosevelt Row in Phoenix.






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Project S.O.S.

It started out simply (as most great ideas do). My friend Melinda was on Facebook one evening and began chatting with her “near-nephew” (son of a good friend) who was on his third tour of duty, stationed in Afghanistan. She had asked him if there was anything he needed and he politely said that he […]

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