Linda Maye Adams

Monthly Archives: May, 2014

Hot is my favorite time of the year


Until I was an adult, and in the army, I really didn’t know there was much in the way of seasons. In Los Angeles, it’s largely hot most of the year. Yeah, it gets cold, but their idea of cold and what Virginia was like this last year … well, that’s apples and oranges. It …

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Yes to all women


If you haven’t looked at it, check out the hashtag #Yestoallwomen. It was prompted by the California shootings and the killer’s hatred of women, and it’s shocked a lot of men because they don’t realize what women have to deal with.  From the Washington Post: The #YesAllWomen Twitter campaign is powerful. And necessary. It tells the stories …

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The Lonely Sounds of War


One question everyone always asked me when I got back from Desert Storm was “What was it like?”  It’s a tough question to answer, because there’s so much of it, and it’s hard to convey the sense of it in words.  But The Daily Post had a prompt about doing lists, and since I was practicing writing …

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The latest off the army fashion runway: New Camoflage


The army announced this weekend that it was changing the current Universal Camouflage uniform (which apparently wasn’t).  It’s actually taking a retro direction, using a woodland pattern like the one I wore when I in the army. These are ones I wore when I was in the army: Primary duty uniform: woodland camouflage Desert Storm uniform: desert camouflage, nicknamed the chocolate chip camouflage. …

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Turtles in Pollen (Photo)


Today is World Turtle Day, so I’d thought I’d share a photo of some local turtles.  This was taken at the Mason District Park in Annandale, where they have a man-made pond with lily pads, turtles, and even a bullfrog, which I’ve seen, but I’ve sure heard. I admit it — I’m fascinated by turtles. …

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Visiting a war memorial the first time after war


Sometimes, immediately following war, little things can have an unexpectedly profound effect. Pretty much everywhere now that I go, there’s a veteran’s memorial of some kind. Even when I take a drive trip down to Richmond, Virginia, I can find a small war memorial at a rest stop. But in 1991, that wasn’t the case. …

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Writing with the Caterpillars


Spring in the Washington, DC area is a glorious thing.  Everything’s green and pretty, and the temperature is in the right place to be able to sit out and soak up all that sun.  So I usually go outside during lunch at work, especially to get out of being in the building all day. We …

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China Beach: A Voice for Women Coming Home From War


Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to see books and TV and movies that represented me. I grew up reading books from the library that were for boys because there were few books for girls, and what there was consisted of nurse romances. If a girl was in a boy story, there …

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Kindness in Washington, DC is an infrequent thing


After being in Washington, DC for a number of years, the one thing that’s struck me is that city is conceited and arrogant. Maybe it’s that political climate, but every person seems to be in it for him, or her, self, and anyone else is only a means to get to the goal, or in …

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If writers ruled the world


Daily Post’s writing prompt is “You’ve been given the superpower to change one law of nature. How do you use it?” That’s a dangerous topic for a writer. We live for coming up with stuff like that and then showing how it can go disastrously wrong, and this is particularly true in science fiction and …

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