Author Jenn Rafael

Saw this smooth Army-Navy video. It’s great – and then I found out the lyrics were written by the son of my good buddy and Naval Academy graduate Roy Ledesma! Check it out:

“On a cool autumn afternoon in November 2005 the world seemingly ended for John and Stacey Holley. With the ringing of the doorbell and the appearance of uniformed military strangers on the porch of their North Idaho home, their quiet lives were shattered by the news that their son and only child SPC. Matthew J. Holley had been killed along with three other soldiers by a roadside bomb while on patrol in Taji, Iraq. He was a Combat Medic with the 101st Airborne Division out of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.” (From moveamericaforward.org) After the unspeakable, heart-wrenching moment all parents of military…

If you would like to know how my Thanksgiving went, let me tell you about the aftermath and let you make your own assessment. I weight approximately five pounds more tonight than I did this morning. My blood sugar, if tested, would be high. The wood in the wood pile is about half its original size. I do not need to read sports websites to find the scores of the games. The beer supply needs to be replenished. The whipped cream dispenser needs to be replenished. There are two less antacid pills in the jar. I think I tore my…

Hannukkah begins tonight when the sun sets, and lasts for eight days. The beginning of Hanukkah won’t coincide with Thanksgiving for another 70,000 years, so enjoy the moment! Click on the image for a brief overview of the Jewish holiday. To my Jewish family and friends, Chag Sameach!

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks. Ironically, because the day is so full of activities – relatives dropping in, non-stop football on TV, and the all the joyful chaos surrounding Thanksgiving dinner – we sometimes forget what the holiday is really for. So today we remember to give thanks. I am thankful that I have a family. Many do not. I am thankful that I have the privilege to work with a group of men and women who sacrificed dearly in service to their country, and have the opportunity to watch them blossom. The Wyakin Warriors. I am thankful…

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