Articles by Sarah Smiley

 
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Doing a countdown calendar … with teenagers

By Sarah Smiley on March 21, 2017, at 4:58 p.m.
It wasn’t “the year 2000,” but rather, “the year of your first deployment.”
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Counting time as a military wife

By Sarah Smiley on March 14, 2017, at 3:10 p.m.
Long before there were smartphone apps and online countdown clocks, military wives the world over have been coming up with clever ways to mark time.
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Revisiting thoughts on the ‘Day Without a Woman’ march

By Sarah Smiley on March 07, 2017, at 5:16 p.m.
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Military wives don’t have the luxury of ‘A Day Without a Woman’

By Sarah Smiley on Feb. 28, 2017, at 7:58 p.m.
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Postpartum depression always hit on Day 3

By Sarah Smiley on Feb. 21, 2017, at 1:48 p.m.
Postpartum depression can have many different factors — some of them physical and hormonal and some of them circumstantial. Often, all of these collide in a perfect storm.
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Family vacations might be overrated

By Sarah Smiley on Feb. 14, 2017, at 2:33 p.m.
When I sense an end to the days of packing everyone into the car for a family weekend, the days when no one had the idea nor the means to fight us on it, I regret all the trips we haven’t taken.
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Give Melania Trump a break

By Sarah Smiley on Feb. 07, 2017, at 3 p.m.
Why are we expecting Melania Trump to fill a role just because her husband was elected into a corresponding one?
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It’s not about the hair (face, weight, clothes)

By Sarah Smiley on Jan. 31, 2017, at 5:18 p.m.
Over the years, I’ve learned that my female critics and male critics attack different things.
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Son’s license brings new independence

By Sarah Smiley on Jan. 24, 2017, at 1:31 p.m.
“Nothing is as terrifying as the first time your newly permitted driver merges onto the interstate in an actual, moving car.”
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Life-size stormtrooper balloon was creepy and endearing

By Sarah Smiley on Jan. 17, 2017, at 2 p.m.
Unfortunately, Jason is no longer with us.
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If 1950s women were trapped, so are we

By Sarah Smiley on Jan. 10, 2017, at 4:41 p.m.
In 50 years, people will look at media from today and laugh at the impossible parenting standards that were placed on us.
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What I learned from my first colonoscopy

By Sarah Smiley on Jan. 03, 2017, at 5:15 p.m.
Here are some things I learned from my first colonoscopy.
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One resolution I’m not making in 2017

By Sarah Smiley on Dec. 27, 2016, at 6:29 p.m.
On our drive home from Virginia last year, I announced to everyone in the car, “I’m not eating desserts for a year.”
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What I couldn’t tell them myself

By Sarah Smiley on Dec. 20, 2016, at 3:44 p.m.
I had always intended to lie to my children about Santa Claus forever.
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Free health care isn’t really free

By Sarah Smiley on Dec. 13, 2016, at 4:19 p.m.
My dad, Dustin and millions of others like them … did not stumble into “free” health care by chance. It was bought with years of service, sacrifice and separation.
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Maine Veterans' Services raises the flag outside the new regional home for state Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Labor offices in South Portland in this January 2015 file photo.

The flag has always been yours and mine

By Sarah Smiley on Dec. 06, 2016, at 5:34 p.m.
“All of you who feel it has left you or that it was ‘taken’ by the ‘other side,’ bring it back. Wear it. Fly it. Post it. But there is no need to ‘take it.’ It was always yours to begin with.”
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Yes, family road trips can be fun

By Sarah Smiley on Nov. 29, 2016, at 4:39 p.m.
On road trips, I have 12 hours of listening to my boys’ thoughts, understanding their humor and making memories together.
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When your little boys grow up

By Sarah Smiley on Nov. 22, 2016, at 1:45 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: In that moment, when my two oldest sons, Ford and Owen, began speaking with different voices and shaving before school, I sensed a seismic shift in our world that my husband had not yet tapped into.
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The residual anger, frustration after the election

By Sarah Smiley on Nov. 15, 2016, at 4:29 p.m.
The residual effects are apparent on social media where families are taking sides and friends are no more. All of which makes you wonder how awkward Thanksgiving might be next week.
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As the National Anthem was played, Maine's World War II veterans and other members of the military and public safety community joined thousands of spectators as they saluted the U.S. Flag during the Brewer-Bangor Veterans Day Parade in 2010.

Veterans Day: The one constant after Election Day

By Sarah Smiley on Nov. 08, 2016, at 11:36 a.m.
Sarah Smiley: Not only did military issues play a depressingly small role in this year’s election, they play an even smaller role in most people’s lives, including our politicians’ lives.