REFOCUSING

Ideas take shape:Together Joan and I organized and distilled down the goals for our original collaboration. Then Joan produced our first Index Card. Eight years later, with the help of Joan’s friend and my new collaborator Rebecca Rodriguez, I rediscovered it on our website. Together we are better! Joan checked all the boxes! As I…

A Fitting Tribute to a Remarkable Woman

The friends and the friends-who-are-relatives of Joan Smith Grey gathered at the Military Women’s Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday to honor and celebrate an outstanding woman. The eulogies, the snapshot photo show, and the recording of Joan reading the Epilogue to her book accentuated some of Joan Grey’s many accomplishments. We revered Joan…

Joan S. Grey Lived a “Good Goodbye”

I can’t wrap my head around losing Joan Grey. Intellectually, I knew it was coming. I saw her a week ago, Thursday. I could tell she was fading. She told me so too. She knew she didn’t have long. She could feel her body shutting down. But to have her really go? Even after she…

Warrior spirit

In between the first and second years at West Point, cadets head to Camp Buckner for field training — “the best summer of your life.” Recondo (RECONnaissance commanDO) was a multi-day limits-testing experience with bivouacking, patrolling, maneuvering in the dark, and survival lessons. Not to mention mountaineering, digging foxholes, defending positions, poncho rafts, chicken-killing, and…

Life Soundtrack

A few years ago, my friend, Cathy S. mentioned a friend of hers who had created a Life Soundtrack. This woman selected songs for special moments in her life. Then, she wrote short “liner notes” to provide some background on why the song or the occasion was significant.   There seem to be no new ideas…