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Sarah Smiley: Archives

July 17, 2012: Will There Be Another Smiley?

June 28, 2012: Teammates as Family

May 24, 2012: Dinner with the Smileys: Scott and Nancy Nash

May 01, 2012: Flooded Basement Brings Out the Best

April 20, 2012: Dinner with the Smileys

April 13, 2012: Dinner with Teachers

April 03, 2012: Graduation Closure for Children

March 29, 2012: Shopping for Baseball Gear: Enlightening

March 28, 2012: Shopping for Baseball Gear

March 22, 2012: Going Live and Learning About Hunger

March 16, 2012: Father-Son Baseball Becomes Brother-Brother

March 07, 2012: Dinner with the Smileys: February Recap

February 29, 2012: Dinner with the Smileys: UMaine Hockey

February 24, 2012: Gutsy Move: Hiring Housecleaner?

February 13, 2012: Pictures Show the Little Things

February 08, 2012: Dinner with the Smileys: Learning About Cancer

February 01, 2012: Dinner with the Smileys: January Recap

January 25, 2012: Sam's Club: Fear of the Unknown and Bulky

January 19, 2012: Christmas Eve Fiasco

January 12, 2012: Senator Has Dinner with the Smileys

December 27, 2011: Dinner with the Smileys

December 20, 2011: The Sun Also Rises

December 13, 2011: Training Dogs and Children

December 07, 2011: "All Volunteer" Is Not What It Seems

December 01, 2011: Too Occupied to Occupy

November 22, 2011: Change of Command Brings Change

November 15, 2011: Close Call at Restaurant with Kids

November 09, 2011: Meet the Newest Smiley

October 28, 2011: Troop Withdrawal: Results May Vary

October 26, 2011: Child's Speech Fleeting, Sentimental

October 19, 2011: Military Wife Relies on Mr. T

October 11, 2011: Mom of Boys Welcomes New Boy Mom

October 04, 2011: You Can't Please All Readers

September 27, 2011: Wedding Bands: Size Does Matter

September 20, 2011: SpongeBob: He's Not So Bad

September 14, 2011: Child's Tough Question Teaches Parents

September 08, 2011: A Night Without Power

August 30, 2011: What He Knows, He Read in a Book

August 25, 2011: We Saw a Moose -- or Did We?

August 16, 2011: Been There, Done That. There Again.

August 11, 2011: Lost Wedding Band, Love Found

August 03, 2011: First Fish, Then a Dog

July 28, 2011: Can a Human and Bird Mother Get Along?

July 20, 2011: It Works Best If You Follow Instructions

July 12, 2011: He Who Is Born Last Misses a Lot

July 05, 2011: Public Letter to All Wildlife

June 28, 2011: A Family Trip in a Photo

June 20, 2011: The Weed Whacker: More Deployment Preparations

June 14, 2011: New Experience: Deployment with Older Children

June 07, 2011: Not One to Point Out Faults

June 01, 2011: Memorial Day Losing Its Meaning

May 24, 2011: Chuck E. Cheese's: Where a Kid can Lose a Parent

May 18, 2011: Colorblindness Could be Missing Link

May 10, 2011: War or No War, Your Military Deploys

May 04, 2011: Seeing Homecoming for the "First" Time

April 27, 2011: Conference Call with VP's Wife Promises Change

April 20, 2011: Shame on the Government for Scaring Its Military

April 12, 2011: One Perfect Snowflake

April 05, 2011: Call From Detailer Brings Fear

March 29, 2011: Justin Bieber Clears a Room

March 23, 2011: My Calendar Is Being Watched

March 15, 2011: Chief's Farewell Confusing for Kids

March 08, 2011: Phonetic Alphabet Is Fabio Underpants Naked

February 28, 2011: New Photographs for Older Children

February 23, 2011: New Phone Number, New Tantrum

January 10, 2011: When Military Kids Grow Up

January 03, 2011: Weed-Whacking First Borns

December 04, 2010: Can't Deny My Military Identity

November 24, 2010: For Ford's Tenth Birthday

November 16, 2010: Me, the Monster, and the Wii

November 08, 2010: In Search of the Good Mother

October 25, 2010: Good Parenting Through Wii?

October 04, 2010: Watching Me Watch Football

September 27, 2010: Backseat View of Space

September 20, 2010: Front Row Seats to Parade of Uniforms

September 13, 2010: Playing Favorites

September 07, 2010: MyCAA Gatekeeper for Old School Military

August 30, 2010: GPS Makes for Interesting Travel

August 16, 2010: Fair Warning About Souvenirs

August 09, 2010: A Family (Minus One) Vacation

August 02, 2010: Showing Sailors How Fitness is Done

July 26, 2010: The End of Star Wars?

July 19, 2010: Summer Plans Hit a Bump

July 12, 2010: The Modern Military Wife's Dilemma

July 06, 2010: Wanted: One Immortal Coffee Mug

June 28, 2010: Who's in Favor of Year-Round School?

June 23, 2010: Father-Son Moment at 3rd Base

June 14, 2010: Ford and Owen's 'Divorce'

June 07, 2010: White Beaches Treasure of Panhandle

June 01, 2010: A Military Wife's Perspective of Memorial Day

May 24, 2010: One Family's Happiness is Another's Sorrow

May 17, 2010: Mothers Don't Have Favorites

May 10, 2010: Son and I Learn Parenting Lessons Together

May 03, 2010: Holding Kids Close, Letting Them Go

April 26, 2010: Lindell and Friend: Old Men Muppets

April 19, 2010: The War on Zucchini

April 12, 2010: When Our Kids Say Too Much

April 05, 2010: Accepting the Name You're Given

March 29, 2010: Bonding Over Text Messages

March 15, 2010: If Only the Children Knew

March 08, 2010: No Electricity Powers Family Bonding

March 01, 2010: Remix for Bed-Time Song

February 23, 2010: PR Woes for Spouse Ed Opportunity

February 16, 2010: Toys Breaking Up a Family

February 10, 2010: Getting Kids Used to New Town, New Sport

February 01, 2010: Ad Pits Mom Against Son

January 25, 2010: College From a New Point of View

January 20, 2010: Going Back to School Humbling

January 11, 2010: If The Tables Were Turned

January 04, 2010: Facial Features Tie Us to Family

December 29, 2009: Boston Pops' Christmas Fun

December 21, 2009: KC-135 Flight: Part II

December 14, 2009: My Flight on the KC-135, Part 1

December 07, 2009: 101st Squadron Set to Make Me Unafraid

December 01, 2009: Could I Pass for a Male?

November 24, 2009: The Waffle Shortage

November 16, 2009: Waffle Debacle

November 09, 2009: Friends Supporting Yours Truly

November 02, 2009: Flu Shot Fall Out

October 26, 2009: Lost Ducky Unexpected Favorite

October 05, 2009: Creating Memories at the Dinner Table

September 29, 2009: Military Men are Literal

September 14, 2009: Random Observations and Admissions

September 08, 2009: Not New at Back to School

September 01, 2009: Don't Mess With the Force

August 24, 2009: Gift Shops are Hell

August 17, 2009: PCS to Small House in Maine a Blessing

August 10, 2009: Military Campground a Treasure

August 03, 2009: Higher Education or Move?

July 28, 2009: Regarding Pre-Deployment

July 20, 2009: Seeing Your CO in a Different Way

July 13, 2009: Finding America at Hotel in Boston

July 07, 2009: Someday It Will Be Quiet

June 29, 2009: Summer Vacation Challenges Moms

June 29, 2009: Summer Vacation Challenges Moms

June 22, 2009: Father's Day the Navy Way

June 15, 2009: Military Families Creative About 'Family'

June 08, 2009: Standing By No Snacks at Baseball

June 02, 2009: There's No Eating in Baseball

May 26, 2009: Gardens and Children Need Pruning

May 19, 2009: Military Appreciation Month

May 11, 2009: Things I Like, Dislike About Facebook

May 04, 2009: Things BRAC Doesn't Consider

April 28, 2009: Military Departures are Painfully Ordinary

April 20, 2009: 'The Way We Get By' is Perfection

April 13, 2009: Troop Greeters' Red Carpet Night

April 06, 2009: Baseball Emotional for Mom

March 30, 2009: Home Birth or Navy Hospital

March 23, 2009: Government's 'Free' Ride

March 16, 2009: Military Friends Missed

March 10, 2009: I Have to Find My Own Doctor?

March 02, 2009: Finding Home at Local Commissary

February 23, 2009: Another New Experience

February 17, 2009: The New Car Rotation

February 09, 2009: Valentine's Day Alone

February 02, 2009: Navy Husband Catching Serious Air

January 26, 2009: The Who-Has-It-Worse Game

January 20, 2009: Tempted by Civilian Life

January 13, 2009: Dieters Behold, Beware Fiber

January 05, 2009: Getting Used to the North

December 29, 2008: Things I Did Wrong in 2008

December 19, 2008: Stressful Situations Create Friends

December 15, 2008: Basements May Have Been Mother's Idea

December 08, 2008: More Lessons from the North

December 01, 2008: Lessons of the North

November 24, 2008: Remembering Military Families this Thanksgiving

November 17, 2008: Catching Flack for Supporting McCain

November 10, 2008: Giving McCain Supporters Time to Grieve

November 03, 2008: Spending Halloween Alone

October 27, 2008: Support the Troops, Vote for ...

October 20, 2008: Dustin Can't Take Me Anywhere

October 13, 2008: A Houseful of Boys, Not One of Them Alike

October 06, 2008: Remember the Troops and Their Families

September 29, 2008: Dolls Too Much for Military-Trained Pilot

September 22, 2008: Every Class has a Naughty Kid

September 15, 2008: Women Don't Need a Middle Man

September 08, 2008: The Blessings and Curses of Military Life

September 03, 2008: New Lessons from a New Home

August 25, 2008: Trip to Pensacola Enlightening Experience

August 18, 2008: Things Learned from a Loose Tooth

August 11, 2008: Mrs. Obama: The Woman, Mother, and Wife

August 04, 2008: Why I'm Glad Summer is Almost Over

July 28, 2008: More Things Dustin Learned While Living Alone

July 21, 2008: Dustin Learns About Being Alone

July 14, 2008: Big Houses, GPS for Older Parents

July 07, 2008: 'Krispy' vs. 'Crispy,'and Other Northern Oddities

June 30, 2008: Southerner Makes Her Way North

June 23, 2008: Moving to ... the Navy Lodge?

June 17, 2008: Lost Video Brings Apology to Oldest Son

June 09, 2008: Will the Military Pay for My Move?

June 02, 2008: Leaving Civilian Friends Hardest Part of All

May 28, 2008: Honoring Astronauts, Memorial Day

May 19, 2008: Jesus and the Mariachi Band, Part 2

May 12, 2008: Mariachi Band No Comprende

May 06, 2008: The Price We Pay for a Clean House

April 28, 2008: Hanging on to Old Clothes

April 21, 2008: Fighting the War in our Front Yard

April 14, 2008: What's Smiley Still Doing in Pensacola?

April 07, 2008: Short-Timer Military Wives Have Nothing to Lose

March 31, 2008: Ford and I are not 'Easy Outs'

March 24, 2008: For this Veteran, Every Day is a Good Day

March 17, 2008: Leadership With or Without Pants

March 10, 2008: Flamingoes Inspire Familiar CO Panic

March 03, 2008: Son's Determination a Lesson for us All

February 25, 2008: Surprises at Spouse Club Meeting

February 19, 2008: The Amish are Coming!

February 11, 2008: My Evening in Jail

February 04, 2008: Your Spouse's Detailer: The Ultimate Boogeyman

January 28, 2008: Smileys Moving Again? Yes

January 22, 2008: Dustin has a 'Cruise Wife'

January 14, 2008: The Best of Both Worlds

January 07, 2008: More Things Every Military Wife Should Know

March 05, 2007: First Port Call: Rite of Passage



 
About Sarah Smiley

Navy wife Sarah Smiley is a syndicated newspaper columnist and the author of Going Overboard: The Misadventures of a Military Wife (Peguin/NAL 2005). She has been featured in the New York Times and Newsweek, and on Nightline, The Early Show, CNN, Fox News and other local and national news outlets. Her liferights were optioned by Kelsey Grammer's company, Grammnet, and Paramount Television to be made into a half-hour sitcom. Visit www.SarahSmiley.com for more details. To contact Sarah, you can also visit her Facebook page.
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