Daily Prompt: Liminal

How can we be left behind when we never crossed over to begin with? People claimed they have seen heaven or hell and return to dish out the details.  Is something wrong with that picture or am I the unfortunate liminal victim? Anyone?? Anywhere???

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Daily Prompt: Sated

    Written by: Ms. P. Johnson

What comes to mind when you think of being overly satisfied?

  • Complete
  • Fulfilled
  • Overjoyed
  • Stuffed
  • Vigorous
  • Marriage/children
  • Euphoric
  • Full

 There are life’s pleasures that we can feast on so desirably so that we can be wanting for nothing. But is it good for man or woman to be that sated to the point of not craving for the little things taken for granted by our society? I refuse to be that complacent.  I refuse to be that sated person, content in an overstuffed, patted down lake of assimilation.  After feeling numbed from a greedy and satisfying lifestyle, the cycle seems to circumvent itself around. So cheers to my half empty glass!

 

“Thanksgiving with Soldiers Overseas”

       It just so happened that I turned to CNN news this morning and caught this interview with U.S. Undersecretary of the Army Patrick J. Murphy with our American troops stationed in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.  It is a military installation that holds all of the U.S. Armed Forces – Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard- as well as troops from Australia, Romania, the United Kingdom and Poland that are also deployed there.

   On this Thanksgiving day, we always seem to forget those of our men and women serving overseas as if they do not exist. Except if you have family members or friends in the military would your mind glimpse into the thoughts of them and maybe reach out to share words, no one will ever remember we have servicemen and servicewomen across the globe still defending in a war that seems unending.  It is shows like CNN news that keeps them in our foresight and to remember them at some point of our day.

So as we gather with friends and/or family, let us please remember our soldiers overseas who couldn’t be with their respective families at the dinner table. Keep them in our Thanksgiving prayers.

Daily Prompt:Anticipation

Written by: Ms. P. Johnson
      What would you say if I told you “I love you”? Would you think it to mean as a relationship between two people? Or as a parent to a child? Or would it mean an embarrassing obsession towards inanimate objects? Doesn’t really matter because its the anticipation of desire, the true feeling of being in the moment is what counts!

Poll:


Please select your service to you’re country.  Thank you for your participation.

Daily Prompt: Aromatic

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Written by: Ms. P. Johnson

Something smells so good in the kitchen. What could it be? My grandma’s favorite beef stew brewing or is it my sister’s one of kind meatloaf with onions, carrots and potatoes?  Whatever it is, the aromatics alone makes me feel like I’m eating it before it’s on my plate.

 

One Nation, One Blood

Hi! I’m back again for all my fellow veterans and their families.  

As the world know, we have elected a new president: President- elect Donald Trump.  He will become our Commander in Chief; for our younger generation. Some can accept this new and uneasy transition of power. And some rally the world on protest. Nevertheless, it is what it is.  Our nation us torn.

Much like our soldiers who come home from war torn countries, witnessing the worst of humanity and having to yet discover their waking thought about coming home to a peaceful place is now filled with sincere division and opposition.

I’m not a political person, for we all have a voice and opinions. However I want my veteran family to know this is what the pursuit of freedom looks like.  We must remember that we are one nation of multifaceted people who are banded together in the blood our forefathers, friends and family service members have shed to keep us strong in the eyes of our Allied forces.

Never forget the reason why you served and as we go into a new year in 2017, don’t let politics dissuade you or make you feel ashamed of the times you went to defend our nation, friends and family.

Be strong!! You are our nation’s greatest!

Y.A.N.A.- You Are Not Alone

      Hi! As a fellow soldier, I want to thank all the soldiers and veterans for your service to our nation.  Whether you have done tours in Afghanistan and/or Iraq, Vietnam, the Cold War era, and other, you are a valuable person to your family and friends.  Your sacrifices for duty and country takes a lot out of you and put more of the best in you.

I encourage you to find out all your benefits that you are entitled to receive for yourself and/or family. Believe me, it’s worth it. 

Enjoy your personal freedom so limited in service but greatly appreciated as a civilian.

Also, I would like to read your stories about your time in service. I went to the U.S. Army in January 1987. It was the Cold War era. I got injured while on duty but still managed to pass basic training, AIT, and the next duty station.  After coming home, it was tough readjusting to a normal life. But like many of my brothers and sisters in arms, I’ve got tons of stories to tell!

        Once again, I thank you for your service! I’m glad our nation recognizes our sacrifice!

 

Transitional Pivotal


      Coming home from war is not easy. Nor is the adjustment to civilian life after serving your obligatory eight years (and reenlistment).  You’ve probably noticed that things have changed. That’s quite common. But so have you. It will be some time before you truly relax back into the civilian lifestyle. Don’t worry if you find yourself still reacting with a military stance, or calling people ma’am and sir. Some may think it’s cute, respectful. And some will think other things. But in time, you will come into the doldrums of living everyday on your own time.
We all experience transitional woes and that’s what concerns me. The military focuses so much on fashioning us to be hardcore soldiers that they forget to “decompress” us before exiting into the real world.

You are not alone. Here you can express yourself freely and share how civilian life has been for you. Also you can sound off on favorite good and worse moments in service. Thank you once again and love to hear from you.

Returning Heroes of Valor

Congratulations for becoming a civilian once again.  Like yourself, I am a veteran adjusting to this twisted, deeply augmented life that’s filled constantly with uncertainty.  Transitioning to a normal life outside of the parameters of military life can be overwhelming and disjointed.  And this is partly why I created this site.

Before I go any further, I want to introduce myself to you, my fellow brother and sister in arms.  I signed up in January 1987 with the U.S. Army and was shipped out for Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina the following month. I had a job working with the federal government at the time and they released me on a furlough.  My time in basic training was challenging but made it through despite an foot injury that later proved hazardous to my training.  Afterwards, I went to Fort Gordon, GA for A.I.T. (Advance Individualize Training) to learn my military job, 31Lima [36C] – Wire Systems Installer.  As I learned my job of climbing poles (yes, you heard right), my boot gaft split the indentation of the pole and I slid down 20′ to the ground.  Long story short, I busted both feet. The accident made an already not so healed injury from basic training worse.  Needless to say, I was stuck at Fort Gordon for a year until finally being able to progress through the classes, fitness tests and graduation. Well, that’s my story, my intro, in condensed version. One day, I’ll read your amazing stories in your posts.

Pretty much you probably made it to your local VA health care for that free checkup and one time free dental checkup within the 90 day period since being home.  If you haven’t, you should take advantage of it.

Also, it would be a great idea to file for compensation if ever you were injured or suffered sickness while serving in the U.S. military. It’s what I did even though it takes a lot of patience to get past the aggravation of the whole process.

       Find out as much as you can concerning your VA benefits. You’ve earned it after all.  As I develop this site, I’ll provide you with needful contacts and information that would aid you in your pursuit of benefits.

My desire is to welcome you home and thank you for your service and protecting our nation.