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Soldier brings home unusual souvenir from Iraq

I'm sure that soldiers expect to come back from a tour of duty in Iraq at least a little different. A lot probably also expect to bring back a souvenir or two. Captain Scott Southworth, however, came back with something very much on his mind -- a ver...

Does the military belong in public schools?

One of my favorite memories of high school was riding around downtown San Francisco with a bunch of guys in the back of a pickup truck, each of us carrying a rifle. The looks we got from passersby were priceless. Of course, the guns were not live wea...

Army Sergeant makes it to daughter's birth -- the hard way

It must really suck to be in the military and get deployed overseas when your wife is pregnant. Unfortunately, I'm sure that happens altogether far too often, especially these days. I was lucky enough to be there for the birth of both of my kids, but...

Memorial Day and the Golden Gate National Cemetery

We live near the Golden Gate National Cemetery, a site where thousands of American military heroes are buried. My father is among them. Despite never having seen combat, having spent only a couple years pushing papers in Northern California at the en...

Deployed dad's home visit no excuse for missing school

So, your dad's been in Iraq on duty with the Army? He's coming home for two weeks and then going back? Bummer that you'll be stuck in school, eh? That's the attitude of Lee Griffin, the principal and founder of Children Reaching for the Sky, an eleme...

Product Recall: "Elite Operations" Toy Sets

Toys "R" Us Inc., of Wayne, N.J., in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, is voluntarily recalling several "Elite Operations" Toy Sets. The paint used to decorate the toys contains high levels of lead. The toys also have sharp poi...

"Band of Brothers" birthday party for kid

Not too long ago, a Washington Post reporter made headlines when she threw her son an 8th birthday party with a "Band of Brothers" theme. For those of you who haven't seen the series (rent tonight!), it is about Easy Company in the Army's Army's 506t...

San Francisco school district approves liberal comic book

"Addicted to War -- Why the U.S. Can't Kick Militarism" is an unabashedly liberal look at the United States and its involvement in foreign wars throughout its history. The website for the book explains that "packed with historical photographs and quo...

Helping children adapt to a foreign culture

One of my longtime blog reads recently moved with her husband, a Marine, to Japan. I have to admit that I'm totally excited to hear about all of the new adventures that she and her family will have. While Jen's children are all young, I could imagine...

Military mom suspended for Playboy photos

All Michelle Manhart ever wanted was to be a mom, be in the military and pose nude for Playboy. According to the military, that's not cool. After appearing both in and out of uniform in the February issue, Manhart has been relieved of duty pending an...

No child left behind -- by military recruiters

According to an article in the Seattle Times, a big part of the No Child Left Behind legislation is getting student information to military recruiters and bypassing those pesky parents. One of the requirements of NCLB is that the military gets access...

Diaper exchange kit patches

Did anyone else see the movie Undercover Blues? No? Well, you didn't miss much. Kathleen Turner was, as one would expect, horrible and managed to turn an amusing farce into a painful experience. The one (very) bright spot was the incomparable Stanley...

Baby image of the day: Lauren, off to war

Lauren's daddy, a Marine, is being deployed in a few weeks. This image captures everything that's so frightening and proud and sad and grown-up about being the child of a military parent. I'd want to go with Daddy, too. Photo of Lauren uploaded by J...

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