The chirps and calls of birds in my courtyard woke me this morning. I remembered we can leave windows open at night now. And that the birds are in full springtime mode! It’s the May long weekend, the start of summer in Canada. As a military child then spouse, I experienced many types of weather … More Summer Starts Today
I’ve lived in many places throughout Canada, and even Germany: I was a military brat with no hometown. Now in retirement, I realize that everywhere I’ve ever lived holds a little piece of me, a little calling, a tugging to return. I finally visited one former province, Newfoundland and Labrador, to see the capital city … More Travel: St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
My husband and I are retired, and so far, so good. Recently I pondered some reasons why we have adjusted to such a major lifestyle change so good, so far. Both of us grew up as military kids – did this have anything to do with how we planned for and adjusted to life after … More Retirement and this Military Brat
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
I wrote this post some time ago. My son is safely returned from his deployment to Africa. But the sentiments are still appropriate and I invite a read while we observe our November 11 Remembrance day here in our lucky country of Canada. Last Sunday we marked the 100th anniversary since the end of the … More Your Military. They Serve and Protect.