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Alice Swan commented on Chris Field's blog post Loyalty to Bowe
"Have you ever seen applause for a great act die so quickly? There has to be more behind the scenes parts to this release we can't know, or else the administration is clueless. I want to believe our leaders know what they are doing and will hope…"
Jun 9
Alice Swan commented on Chris Field's blog post The Meaning of Life
"I like the analogy of life as fire. Life in many ways is a flame; a small flicker as we are born, the flame grows stronger as kindling (parent, education, friends, experience) is added, the flame dies and turns to embers as we run out of kindling to…"
Jun 9
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Jun 9
Alice Swan commented on Chris Field's blog post Shallow Roots
"Chris - interesting thoughts. I probably felt the same way as we moved from place to place. There were some assignments I wished could have stretched longer, because I felt I could start putting down roots there - Fort Monroe comes to mind, or…"
May 19
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Shallow Roots

     It was at some point this past winter that I realized something about military living, or at least what military living does to me: Having to move every few years diminishes or blunts one’s sense of ownership and connectedness with one’s local area. Military living makes us all transients, and like any transient, we’re not all that concerned with what’s happening in and around our temporary living quarters. Military living disincentivizes a deep concern with one’s current home and…See More
May 16
Alice Swan commented on Chris Field's blog post The Estrogen in the Room
"Chris - I just came from the Army Officers' Wives' Club of the Greater Washington Area luncheon, where Ray Horoho was formally inducted as the first male spouse president of the organization. I'd say that progress is really being…"
May 15
Jacqueline Long liked Chris Field's blog post The Estrogen in the Room
May 10
Jean Balcerzak liked Chris Field's blog post Trapped
May 10
Chris Field posted a blog post

The Estrogen in the Room

     As I scanned the room at Military.com’s Spouse Summit in Vienna, VA this week, it was clear that I was the elephant in the room. Not as in ‘the issue or problem that everyone knows about but won’t discuss’, but literally an elephant. The conspicuously large presence that is hard not to notice.     The main ballroom at the Sheraton Premier was a sea of female faces. Oh, there were men there, of course. But they all tended to be from sponsor organizations. Of course, this didn’t surprise me.…See More
May 8
Alice Swan liked Chris Field's blog post “Are You Still Hungry?”
May 5
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“Are You Still Hungry?”

     Last weekend in Columbia, MD, aging rockers and their fans converged on the Merriweather Post Pavillion for the M3 Festival, a yearly two-day celebration of hair metal bands that had their heyday in the 80s. It had been promoted on all of the rock stations on Sirius XM, and I understand that it had become a fairly big event.     I had won tickets to the show, and though I had seen a number of the bands before, I was looking forward to it. I hadn’t been to a real concert in well over a…See More
May 5
Chris Field liked Alice Swan's blog post HELLO...IS ANYBODY OUT THERE?
May 5
Jean Balcerzak commented on Chris Field's blog post Trapped
"Actually...this is a great subject!   I for one, really long for the past when there was almost always at least one parent home in just about every house...or at least every other one!. Sadly, it is a far different reality today…"
May 2
Chris Field commented on Chris Field's blog post Trapped
"It sounds like your youngest kept you on your toes! Fires, quicksand...it sounds like all the while she was leading up to launching a new reality show, like "Base Jumping Into Volcanos" or "Who Wants to Hopscotch on the…"
Apr 17
Alice Swan commented on Chris Field's blog post Trapped
"Chris, what a fascinating topic to discuss. Growing up in the Pittsburgh suburbs in the 60's, my neighborhood was surrounded by woods, with cricks and pricker bushes ('burgh slang). Before the neighborhood filled out and the woods became…"
Apr 15
Chris Field posted a blog post

Trapped

     My first thought after reading Alice Swan’s section of our ‘Sharing the Podium’ piece was that it wasn’t necessarily military life trapping children today, it has something to do with the culture at large. And while I certainly don’t have Alice’s experience and perspective when it comes to changing duty stations and starting anew in a strange place, what I have seen isn’t quite the ideal situation I’d hoped for in raising my kids. I fear that honest and appropriate concern for children’s…See More
Apr 15

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The Meaning of Life

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 11:33am 1 Comment

When people hear that I teach philosophy in college, I’m often met with one of two responses: “Oh, I loved my philosophy class in college!” or “Ugh, I hated my philosophy class.” There are very few ‘tweeners, very few ‘Eh, I could take it or leave it’. And I can understand where each side is coming from. When pressed, most would say that their opinion of the class hinged on their assessment of the professor, not really the curriculum. I’ve had wonderful professors who took some of the most…

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Loyalty to Bowe

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 11:31am 1 Comment

SGT Bowe Bergdahl has been in the news quite a bit recently. A week after his return to US forces, he still is the lead on many television news broadcasts. And everyone, and I mean everyone, seems to have an opinion on Bowe.

He has been called a hero who served honorably. He has been called a deserter. He has been called a traitor. Many have questioned the imbalance of ‘the trade’. Many object to ‘negotiating with terrorists’. Many have wondered whether this will act as an…

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To Tell the Truth

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 11:29am 0 Comments

There’s a guy I know (or have interacted with online) who recently had an epiphany. He would no longer sacrifice honesty for diplomacy. He would no longer emphasize tact over truth. He felt that, owing to a profound sense of integrity, he wasn’t going in for mealy-mouthed half-measures any longer.  

For years, I guess, his comments were measured and deliberate. He headed up a military support group, and spearheaded an organization that offered counsel and fraternity to a certain…

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Shallow Roots

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 1:03pm 1 Comment

     It was at some point this past winter that I realized something about military living, or at least what military living does to me: Having to move every few years diminishes or blunts one’s sense of ownership and connectedness with one’s local area. Military living makes us all transients, and like any transient, we’re not all that concerned with what’s happening in and around our temporary living quarters. Military living disincentivizes a deep concern with one’s current home and…

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