November 11th, 2016

Veterans Day!

I was happy to be back on campus today to hear Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro talk about leadership.  He told his story of service from Vietnam to the present and it was a perfect way to honor our veterans.  You might ask why he would tell it or why we should listen? Being informed on how things really happened and looking back on them is important.  One of the things I’m trying accomplish by going to grad school is to get the training and knowledge coupled with my life’s experience to teach and encounter people who want to learn.

You should read his book. He tells the story of the guy who was about to go home and came out of cover while Punaro was getting shot at to save him.  Punaro was saved and the guy was killed two weeks before going home. He still tears up telling that story almost 50 years later.  We owe it to him and everyone who served to act like grown ups.

It’s clear from some of the actions on all sides of the political spectrum this week, that some folks just don’t know any better.

So what’s on tap for this weekend in this disjointed world of woman, student and activist.  I’ll be judging a bar-b-que contest for the VVA 772, going to dinner with my in-laws for my husband’s birthday and then spending a little time with my daughter.  In between all that, I’ve got to work on my research design and literature review and do the readings for my Monday class.

I’m at the tail end of a 3 week virus and I’m tired.  So I decided to sleep this afternoon and hit the ground running in the AM. I’m a morning person.  That’s how I roll.  I’ll keep you posted on what I get accomplished.