Honoring veterans’ service

Over the weekend, I attended a Stand-Up for Women Vets. And what exactly is a Stand-up? While I don’t know where the phrase, Stand-up, originated; perhaps it indicates showing support, like when we stand for the national anthem. It’s clearly not the opposite of stand-down; a military term that means cease-fire or truce. This Stand-Up for…

Sisterhood gathering: 40 years of women at West Point

Women have been part of the United States Military Academy for 40 years. These days, urinals have been removed from the women’s latrines (bathrooms). Women cadets are allowed to have long hair. They wear skirts and earrings. There are locks on the barracks (dorm room) doors. When women entered West Point as cadets for the…

The facts of life

When our son was a toddler, he had Chris, a Cabbage Patch doll, which managed to survive three decades of moving with the military. The doll has an androgynous physique and  a gender-neutral name. Our granddaughters insist that Chris is a girl, so rather than his original coveralls, Chris now has a flower in her hair…