Linda Maye Adams

Soldier, Storyteller

Author Archive: Linda Maye Adams

World War I and Desert Storm


Over the weekend, I made my first real outing (other than grocery stores) to a lecture at the library on World War I.   It’s the 100th anniversary of WWI, the 75 anniversary of WWII, and the 25th anniversary of Desert Storm. It was an interesting lecture, and I was also surprised at some of …

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World War II Women in Color


Check out these rare photos of World War II that were originally taken in color.  Color film existed at least since 1939 with The Wizard of Oz, but was still pretty rare because the technology was too new. But the most striking thing in the photos is that a lot of them feature women.  Women …

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Desert Storm Reunion Cruise: Cozumel


Next stop on the cruise was a place I always wanted to visit: ruins! When we docked, I was first greeted by this sight.  On the right is my cruise ship, Freedom of the Seas.  On my left was Navigator of the Seas.  That’s the ship I took on my first cruise, so this was …

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The Military Jeep


Jeeps were on their way out when I first enlisted in the military.  My motor transport operator school had us learn how to drive military trucks on one.  It was the only time I saw one; after that, it was replaced by the CUCV (pronounced CUC-V), which is like an SUV.  That was replaced by …

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Desert Storm Reunion Cruise – Cayman Islands


I remember the Cayman Islands from when I was growing because they always had these beautiful cat stamps.  It was our first stop on the cruise so I went to Hell,  checked out turtles, and played with stingrays–all in one day! This is Hell, which a very small town, mainly so the tourists can send …

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A Dearth of Reboots


Every time I turn around, it seems like there’s another reboot of something.  Like MacGyver.  I remember the show when it first aired, and it was a fun action show with an unconventional hero. The new version?  Meh. It just isn’t the same. Josh Whedon talks about reboot fatigue. You bring something back, and even …

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Moving Around in the First Draft


One of the most appalling things I’ve seen in writing is the piece of advice spoken everywhere: “All first drafts are crap!”  It’s often accompanied by the advice to write your first draft straight through and not go back and fix anything until you get to the revision. Craft Thoughts has an article on why …

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Boot Sisters


Having started to go stir crazy, I went out to Panera today for lunch.  There was a family of four there, husband, wife, two girls.  The wife had a boot on her foot like me, but was getting around on a cane.  Clearly a little more advanced in recovery than me. Soon … Anyway, her …

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The origins of “Roger Wilco”


In every film with military aircraft–particularly from the 1960s and earlier–I’ve heard the pilots say “Roger Wilco.”  I never knew what it meant, but it lies in the military phonetic alphabet. Because so much of military communication is over a radio, and often one where it’s hard to hear, it’s easy to mix up letters. …

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Crutches are Evil Things


I broke my foot last Saturday while I was in the Everglades and have been on crutches, no weight bearing, and with a boot. I’ve been on them before, when I was in the military, and they don’t get any easier with time.  In fact, one of the things I learned with this round was …

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