Linda Maye Adams

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The Soldier’s Christmas Poem


I’ve always found there’s something magical about Christmas.  It’s a time where hope comes out and reminds us that things can be better if we make the effort.  This is The Soldier’s Christmas Poem about Santa visiting the house of a soldier.   — As I write this, we’re in single digits outside.  That’s early …

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A soldier and her Kevlar helmet


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.  …

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What it’s like for a soldier to parachute (video)


No!  It’s not me!  I’d be too scared to do this, and I don’t know how the former President Bush did something like this at the age of 90.  Several airborne soldiers I knew reported that the experience was terrifying. But jumping out of planes is a volunteer thing; it’s not like the army will …

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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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A to Z Challenge Wrap Up


I’m wrapping up the A to Z challenge with a list of my posts about military in case you missed any of them: Least Likely to be in the Army First Day at Basic Training Hauling Soldiers in a Cattle Car Drill and Ceremonies, or all that marching Explosive ordnance, pilots, and other things women do …

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hauling soldiers in a Cattle Car (video)


If we couldn’t march somewhere in Basic Training because it was too far, we used a cattle car. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Here’s a video, though we did not moo: The drill sergeants put 87 women on the one we used in Basic Training.  One time we were in the green rain …

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Thanksgiving During War


We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.  ~Thornton Wilder I always think it’s strange to have a sit down Thanksgiving indoors.  When I was growing up in Southern California, our neighbor had a potluck outside — yes, outside!  We’d haul out the lawn …

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The GI Party — No, it’s not what you just thought


I bet you had an immediate image of a soldiers out there partying things up.  The term G.I. party comes from World War II.  Then it was an intensive cleanup of the barracks on Friday evening (!) for an inspection on Saturday morning.  Ours was done during the week, and we didn’t have a choice …

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Life as a Single Soldier


Since I’m going to be teaching a class on Forward Motion called “Basic Training on Military Culture” starting November 5 (tomorrow!), I thought it would be appropriate to have a military theme for this month.  So drag off the combat boots and join us for a spell to learn about the military. If a soldier …

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Getting Shot At on Paragon Trail


This post was inspired by Reetta Raitanen, who was interested in several gun articles that I mentioned I’d read.  I started thinking about when I was in the army, because it’s still a little unusual for women to handle guns.  Then I started thinking about when I had gotten shot at.  It was military training, …

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