Spread The Word

All posts by Barb Allen

“Mom I got my girlfriend pregnant….

“Mom I Got my Girlfriend Pregnant..   …and I have herpes,” said my thirteen year old son. This, following a thirty minute car ride abound with opportunity for this announcement.  But I suppose that would have made sense, so why do that? Yep, crossing the threshold of the pediatrician’s office, mere feet away from the […]

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Steering into the Skid

Steering into the Skid   My thirties moved to my rearview the same year my oldest son acquired teenager status. Milestones, for sure. On a professional note my fortieth birthday was a success; that weekend I’d been honored with an award from the Military Writers Society and the peer validation was priceless. My personal life… […]

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Open Letter to Brooke Baldwin

  Open letter to Brooke Baldwin: Like the rest of the country, I heard your deep-seated, profound opinion on this nation’s veterans.. http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/04/28/cnn-anchor-brooke-baldwin-blames-military-veterans-for-baltimore-riots/   I’m sorry- What did you say? You love our veterans but… they don’t know their communities and are ready to do battle? Are you implying our veterans are to blame for […]

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Beyond the Battlefield; Vietnam Veterans’ Valor

David Whiting- You scooped me. But I’m glad you did. Thank you for your piece on these men and the opportunity to hear their stories in your words. I’m still going to tell their stories in my words, too, but not until they visit me this summer and I have them captive to interview. John […]

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Confession of an Al Anon Dropout

Confession of an Al-Anon Dropout.   I am not grateful for the alcoholic in my life. There. I said it. I tried to be. Oh, how I tried to find the upside of life with a man seemingly intent on destroying himself. How I tried to encourage him in his random attempts at sobriety and, […]

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The Demise of Common Sense

Sigh. Seriously? We’re altering names of school teams and professional teams that have existed for ages because suddenly they are “offensive.” Schools have stopped saying the pledge and are freaking out about the “under God” part in it. We’re banned from wearing depictions of our flag or even flying it in some communities. And now, […]

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Life With Boys

“Shutup Trevor! I just farted in your room!”  Such verbal nuggets are served daily in homes with boys. In my home, with four boys ranging from 11-16, one never knows what will next be uttered. Sometimes I’m the one serving them up. Like when I grew weary of pre -teen boys wearing nothing but underwear […]

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The Best Mistakes

                                                              The Best Mistakes   “Oh don’t try that- what if it doesn’t work? What if you get hurt?” How often do we hear that […]

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Legacies Restored with Purple Hearts

    They got it. The Purple Heart. And they should get it- They have certainly earned it; Men and women in uniform, on a military base. Going about their duties as they swore an oath to do, when they came under attack from an enemy. It was horrific. Bullets flying, hurling through the air […]

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Inspiration- Dedicated to Lou

He could irritate me. Sometimes we argued. He used to get annoyed when I changed the radio station in the car and I used to resent all the time he spent away from home. But he was my first love. The first person who made me feel beautiful. Who told me he believed in me. […]

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