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Looks like "Army Wives" smashed previous ratings records for a Lifetime original series premiere.

"Army Wives," meanwhile, brought in 3.5 million viewers for Lifetime on Sunday -- the best premiere for an original series in the network's history. (The previous record of 3.3 million belonged to "Missing" in 2003.)

Love it, hate it or reserving judgment, I still think it's going to be a big hit.


From the television screen to real life, if you didn't listen to the podcast with author Marna Krajeski, you should. In the podcast, Marna discusses the importance of creating a historical record of the lives of military spouses. I want to remind you that you could be featured in Marna's upcoming book. Please submit your stories for Marna's anthology. The deadline is August 1. Details here. Marna is correct, the more we document our lives, the better for those who come after us.


Yesterday, I was contacted by a reporter for The New York Times who had a very interesting question.

Did I know of any military families who chose to move in with one another for support and comfort during a deployment? Personally, I've never heard of military families moving in together, but I've certainly heard of spouses choosing to move back in with parents or other family members during a deployment.

Edward Lewine is working on a story about how people live in their homes. Some details are below:

People who respond to me will be asked if they want to be the subject of an interview/photo-essay in Key, a glossy magazine that will be produced by the New York Times and distributed with a Sunday paper in September.

The column is called "Up Close" And it is about the way people live in their homes. There's no hidden agenda here. Nothing political. We'll talk to the military family about what it is like to live in someone else's home while waiting for a deployed loved one to return. We'll talk about everyday stuff, like where they eat, how they divide up rooms to sleep in. Where they hang out. How it was different from the houses they lived in before. Are they eager to get back home, etc.

Basically, it is about the nitty gritty of living as a military family awaiting the return of a loved one.

If you have moved in with another family, or your own, during a deployment, and if you're interested in talking to Edward about your experience, you can contact him via email. Disclaimer: SpouseBUZZ, it's authors and military.com are in no way affiliated with Edward's piece and if you contact him, you are doing so voluntarily. Let us know if you talk to Edward and if you're going to be featured, we'll want to read the piece when it comes out in September.


Speaking of books and magazines, have you ordered your copy of Shared Courage yet? We're going to get underway with the reading schedule soon. Who's playing?

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