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What Does Home Mean to You?

Home, survivor guilt, Sonoma County fires, Santa Rosa fires, evacuation, talking to friends who have lost their home, what makes a house a home.

“I just want to go home,” I said on day nine of our evacuation from the Sonoma County Fires. Tired of the chaos, uncertainty and confusion, all I could think of was the bliss of sitting in the blue recliner with my feet up. I’m not that much of a homebody, but after nine uncertain […]

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Prepared for a Crisis? Or Not?

Prepared, boy scouts, be prepared, Santa Rosa fires, US Navy, command and control, eagle scouts, cub scouts, safety tips, emergency preparedness

“I’m always prepared,” I used to say. As a former Cub Scout leader and the mother of Eagle Scouts, I’ve always been one to be prepared—particularly for crisis situations. I nodded when I read Oswald Chambers’ words in the My Utmost for His Highest devotional on September 10: “We imagine we would be all right […]

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Take a Child to a War Zone?

War zone with children, Grenada invasion, Biddy Chambers, Oswald Chambers, WWI, Navy wife, submarine r and r, Barbados, travel with children into a war zone

Have you ever had the opportunity to take a child to a war zone? Biddy Chambers did. So did I. We, however, reached different conclusions about the wisdom of visiting a war zone with a child. My story–the Caribbean My Navy guy served on a fast attack submarine that spent the 1983 fall on a […]

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A Helicopter Ride in Kaua’i

So we rode a helicopter in Kaua’i. It was not on my bucket list. I never wanted to take a helicopter ride. It was the easiest way for me, however, to see something on my bucket list: the Na Pali Coast. Our daughter thought it sounded like a lot of fun. So up we went. […]

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The EMT, an Ambulance and Some Cub Scouts

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What is your reaction when you see an ambulance barreling down the road at you, lights flashing and siren wailing? Does your heart leap into your throat and your blood pressure soar? Do you pull over (like you’re supposed to) to the right and wait until the ambulance passes? Or, do you ignore the excitement […]

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