From Pearl Harbor to the beaches of Normandy, there are defunct battlefields and military landmarks all around the world; travel tips for those seeking a trip full of history, memory, honor and meaning.
My friend recently lost a young passenger when she was working a flight. I was a flight attendant for 35 years. I was fortunate enough to never have a passenger die on my watch. We came close but we were fortunate enough to save his life. I can’t imagine how that must feel; losing someone you are fighting so hard to save. In spite of them performing CPR and using all the life saving measures that we have on board the airplane her young life was lost. There are some dark moments when you’re a flight attendant. It’s mostly fun and excitement, yes but we’re trained for the darker things that happen. That’s why we are really there.
It takes a Village!
Why do I love my job? Great question! It is currently 4:00 a.m. in Alaska. I have carefully planned my morning to have at least 20 minutes to write before I need to load my car up and get ready to head to the gas station, grocery store, and the local coffee shop in preparation for today's events at 10:00 a.m. Sounds easy enough- except that there is a 100 mile drive through the Nanana Range (mountains) that needs to happen also. These are mornings that I wonder why I didn't take an average 9-5, sitting behind some desk with a window view, coffee pot, and easy access to bathrooms.
Best time to book flights for Christmas
Christmas is the day of festivity in the Christian people group across the globe, celebrated on Saturday Dec 25, 2021, and checking itself both as a period of hallowed action and the strictness. The Christian day is likewise one of the yearly events inseparable from business just as the social wonder. All things being equal, Christians take care of business on Christmas Day to rehearse the conventional and age old custom of birth of Jesus of Nazareth, who later lectured Christianity, and changed existences of millions of individuals all through the western terrains, Europe and even Asia to a bigger degree.
As a young Marine, I was both excited & nervous to go to another country. Of course, as a member of the armed forces, there is a potential for being put in a dangerous environment which heightens the anxiety. Okinawa, Japan, was ordered to be my home for the next three years of my life. While going to a tropical island seems like a paradise, this was not a vacation but a workplace. We were allowed time to enjoy the island on our off time while still adhering to specific guidelines. "You are an ambassador!" was drilled into our heads from before leaving to go overseas. During this allotted free time, there seemed to be some tensions between the Okinawans & U.S military in some places. Others knew that the American army had money which made them all the friendlier. Until now, I did not fully understand these tensions. After reading multiple historical accounts, literature and speaking with some of the locals, I understood the impact of some of the past atrocities. This is why I chose to write about my time in Okinawa versus my other travels. My time spent overseas was the most intense cultural change I've experienced yet. With that, I also found it necessary to raise a bit of awareness regarding cross-cultural experiences.
You have all probably been to my "Hometown"
Home town. What a funny phrase. Since I was a kid, I have been asked, "Where are you from? Where is your hometown?" I'll be honest, I've never really known how to answer that question. As a kid, I'd always countered the question with one of my own. "Are you asking me where I was born? Or the last place I lived". You see, I grew up as a military brat. I have lived in almost all fifty states, and if I haven't lived there officially, I have spent enough time going there to almost give me a residence.
Where the East and West Meet
There is a place on the most southwestern tip of the island of Kyushu, Japan that couldn't be farther away from where I grew up in Northern California.
What War Taught Me
During my time in the military it brought me to realize many things and truths about life in general, and also about myself. So if you are interested in hearing this story about myself and my experiences which have made me who I am today, then please keep reading.
Offshore Explorer Stories (Pt. 2)
There was a small wooden sign on the side road riddled with bullet holes that read "Joint United States Military Advisory Group, Thailand (JUSMAGTHAI) Straight ahead Dumb Ass." JUSMAGTHAI is located on a Royal Thai Armed Forces military compound approximately two kilometers from the American Embassy, on Sathorn Tai Road. This was my home for 26 months and 13 days. I spent maybe a month total actually on the base, the rest of the time I was Laos and Cambodia. I jumped off at Udorn RTAF where I had a cot in the back of a 1945 quonset hut, an ice box, and a hot plate. I was 20 years old. This was 1972. The Vietnam war was deescalating only no one told the North Vietnamese, the Laotians, or Pol Pot.
"You're All Nothing but a Bunch of Brainwashed Baby Killers"
I was 18, stuck in a seedy bus station in an unfamiliar town trying to get back to my base during a snow storm. I knew nobody there, but made pointed eye contact with a few other tired servicemen laying on their green duffel bags. It made me feel less alone.
So I know we have all been there. Pulling our hair out trying to schedule movers, watching the movers pack your personal belongings, waiting what seems like FOREVER to get your household goods, come to find out when they get there things got damaged and/or lost and they can't be replaced til months down the road cause claims is taking forever? Yeah, I feel you. I just made a huge move from the US to Germany. This was our first PCS ever with the army. When we moved to our first duty station, I moved us out there. I moved all of our stuff. It was way less complicated than going through the army. Granted, I get it, you have three kids and no way do you feel like packing their toys and clothes. In that case, the army is a helping hand. But for the few who are new to PCSing or are even veterans and think they know everything, I've come up with a few helpful tips to make life so much easier.
10 Most Expensive Presidential Planes in the World
It's easy to have your very own private airplane, just become a president! This list of the most expensive presidential planes will prove to you how much flying private will cost you, let alone purchasing your own plane.
Outer Banks Beach Life... Things to Do When the Beach Isn’t an Option...
I am often asked, "What is there to do at the beach in the winter?" Living in a beach town and a military town, there is ALWAYS something to do. We often have weather extremes all year on the Outer Banks. We had spring-like weather for much of December 2017. I have lived on the beach for over 30 years and moved to Jacksonville last year. Like a lot of locals, I know about activities at the beaches, art galleries, microbreweries, local clubs, fitness clubs, family destinations, garden centers, churches etc. As a mother of two very active young adults, I spent many hours on school field trips, as a classroom volunteer, and a sports mom. I was also the co-owner of a well established local nursery, growing facility, landscaping company and retail store. I was a physician recruiter for over 20 years. I taught various gardening and art classes, as well. I also contributed through my photography and many blogs to both written and personal engagements, all over eastern North Carolina.