Irinia can hear the rain talk.
But when the rain talks, the Shadow Folk come, and people die.
Her only chance to save her people is convince them she can hear the voices. But a jealous seer has convinced the village that women can’t hear the Shadow Folk.
And time is running out …
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When I was in the Army, I wore a helmet that was made of Kelvar. We called it a Kevlar, rather than a helmet. Like any piece of a soldier’s uniform, it took on a second life, and there were some tall tales …
Rumors were sometimes passed down the convey lines during Desert Storm. One of the soldiers was said to come from a convoy, removed his Kevlar and discovered a bullet hole in it. Doubtful if it was true—if it was hard enough to lodge in the Kevlar, he would have felt the impact.
Another story that circulated—much to the chagrin of the woman soldier who was in my unit—was that she had mixed up her Kevlar with a four star general’s, so she was wearing his. It was not true. Trust me, she would have noticed. Just soldier boredom.
But an interesting fact is that the material used for our Kevlar helmets, and in the flak vests was invented by a woman, Stephanie Kwolek.
Returning home from Desert Storm, Mary doesn’t recognize the place she grew up.
Or her father. But it’s her that’s changed, too much.
Can she find herself in the past, or is who she was gone forever?
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Earlier this year, the Blue Angels were in Washington, DC, and they were doing some aerial photography—so they would be flying overhead. The first time I heard the jet engines, which were quite distinctive, it hit me that it was them. By the time I got to the window, they were long gone.
The second time I heard the engines, I moved a lot faster and just saw the tail end of the jets. They move very fast.
My father sent me this video. It’s a stunning view of the Blue Angels, taken from inside the cockpit. Go all the way to the end and check out the names and ages of the pilots. Not one of the pilots is under the age of 31. Experience does count.
After this post, I’m going to stop doing posts every day and revert back to a 2-3 times a week.
Following the death of her wife, Pitarra is hoping time at an artist’s colony on another world will help restore her creativity so she can start painting again.
But it’s harder than she expects. The other artists are jealous of her, and her only friend is one of the resident scientists.
As she struggles to regain her creativity, she discovers she is being watched. Not by one of the artists.
By something else that will change how she thinks of her art.
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Today, I checked out the Arlington County Fair, and there was some interesting sightings along the way …
The yard sale folks put this out to catch the eye of all the people walking to the fair. Yard sale wasn’t much by the time I got there, but the sign was eye catching. I wasn’t the only one taking a picture.
There be dragons, and they are my favorite color.
When pigs fly …
Or when pigs drive …
Spiderman’s got a hot Camaro.
Checking out the inside of the Camaro. Awesome.
And a shot of me on the way back. It was a hot day out!
What does a kitten with the Force do?
This looks like a fun movie on NASA’s first African-American women–who were also engineers and mathematicians. And I liked Taraji P. Henson from when she was on Person of Interest (and a war veteran!).
Uniforms are an important part of life for both soldiers and the military. For the soldiers, it’s what they wear, every day that they report to duty. For the military, and especially the higher ups, it’s a way to make their mark on the service, and a very visible one, before they retire.
And usually, it’s not for the better.
Navy Discontinues Navy Working Uniform Type I Uniform
Last week, the Navy announced that they would be discontinuing their blue camouflage uniforms, nicknamed “blueberries.”
Trust soldiers to come up with an insulting nickname.
The uniform popped up when all the services were trying to show they were unique by coming up with their own camouflage (blame the Marines. They started it). But if you served on a ship, what good would camouflage do?
Needless to say, the uniform wasn’t much liked. The Army also changed its uniform not too long ago.
The Army excursion into uniform change: the beret
I was still in the Army when the much hated berets were introduced. It was a hat that never made sense. The one we originally wore was like a square off ball cap with a brim. Perfect for doing details and grubby work. It wasn’t very expensive, and it could be thrown in the wash when the brim got all sweaty. Also could be folded up and stuck in a pocket.
It was wool and had this leather band around the bottom. Cost a lot for a hat. Had to be dry cleaned. Really? Let’s see, I went to the field and it rained for the entire week. Then there was Desert Storm where the sweat didn’t just transfer to the hat; it imprinted. A fussy beret would not have worked.
Somehow, no one thought about anything beyond what it looked like.
How do military personal get the new uniforms?
The military does not make the soldiers rush out and buy the new uniforms, which would be quite a hardship. There’s a fairly long period where the old uniforms can wear out and be replaced by the new styles.
An interesting bit of trivia: Despite being in the military for so many years, I cannot spell camouflage! I had it three times above, and not one was spelled correctly. It’s a very confusing word!
There were lots of things to be afraid of during Desert Storm: Getting gassed, getting hit by a scud, enemy troops—and getting captured.
I watched the very bad Jessica Lynch movie and nearly had a meltdown when the commander of the convoy knew he was lost and kept driving in the same direction anyway, which led to the events that followed. It could have happened to us. I could see one of our leaders doing that.
But it takes a special of courage to try do something to help yourself even when you are terrified and facing the business end of many rifles. There was a very public incident where a Navy ship was captured briefly by the Iranians—do to leadership failures, which caused some bad choices. But the one woman on the mission managed to turn on the beacon while under gunpoint, signaling help.
Courage isn’t racing into a battle foolishly—it’s what you do when you’re scared to death, and you do it anyway.