Some pictures define a life. When I retired almost 3 years ago now (!) I took up writing as my new raison d’être. In year 1, I wrote and self-published the book Camp Follower One Army Brat’s Story by Michele Sabad. Year 2 was spent marketing, which I found I didn’t hate: the signings, the … More Writing, Retirement Year 3 Begins
When my son was deployed to Mali, Africa, I admit I didn’t know how I felt. I grew up an Army kid. I lived all over Canada and in Germany, too. My dad was away often. Then I married a fellow army kid in Petawawa, and he joined the Air Force. So I lived a … More Brat to Wife to Mom
I entered Camp Follower One Army Brat’s Story in the prestigious Writer’s Digest Book awards. Boldly. Contests can be intimidating, but this one promised a review for the entry fee, so taking a deep breath, I submitted. Below, in its entirety, is the judge’s commentary. I admit I disagreed with 2 points. Read on and … More Camp Follower : Writer’s Digest Review
Last Sunday we marked the 100th anniversary since the end of the first World War. I always attend a service, and watch much of the old film footage in documentaries on TV. Have things about society’s understanding and appreciation for the military that serves and protects that very society, changed much over the last 100 … More Your Military. They Serve and Protect.
I love the War Museum in Ottawa. First, it’s a splendid building. Unique, although it does remind me of a castle. As a kid in Germany I visited many castles and that feeling of them, ruined or restored, was just like the modern War Museum here : splendid. Full of architectural splendour of concrete and … More War Museum – Ottawa
The People you Meet! Such a busy summer for Camp Follower One Army Brat’s Story by Michele Sabad. I made it to London, Ontario; Souris and Winnipeg, Manitoba; Aylmer, Quebec; and of course lots of places around Ottawa for book sales and signings. Here are some fun notes about how these things can go: London, … More Summer Through the Lens
September 11. Here’s a quote from my book “Camp Follower One Army Brat’s Story” by Michele Sabad, that I used to preface a story about my memories of the JFK assassination. It could just as easily apply to my memory of September 11, 2001: “Military families learn early that world events have direct consequences on … More September 11. Memories.