When I was a second grader, I learned and memorized the Ten Commandments in Sunday school. I did not care about some commandments including the seventh: “You shall not murder.” As a little girl, I believed that I did not have a chance to murder.

The boxing great Mike Tyson once said this about his opponents, “Everyone has a plan until they get hit in the mouth.” I love that quote. I love it because it represents what also happens in life. We all make our plans and then life hits us in the mouth … and there go our plans.

One of the realities of Army life is moving. Sometimes it is good, and sometimes, well it just happens. But every time my Family and I move, I face the same daunting challenge – hanging pictures. Having pictures hung on the walls really makes everything a little more cozy, a little more comf…

Officially spring started with the Vernal Equinox, and now we are looking forward to the warmth in the air and long sunny days. As for the Nishimura household, we are expecting to move across the country to Fort Bliss, Texas, during this summer.

Managing a home by oneself can be overwhelming. As a chaplain, I hear from many spouses who face this challenge regularly. Being married to someone serving in the Army guarantees time apart. Trying to work, pay bills, clean a house, get the oil changed, fix the washing machine, shovel snow a…

I remember listening each year to fire-safety teachers explain the importance of a maneuver descriptively called the “stop, drop and roll.” If you find yourself on fire, the best thing you can do is stop running, drop to the ground and roll around to extinguish the flames.  

Turkeys and cornucopias and pilgrim hats. Seasoned stuffing hot from the oven. Creamed onions, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Uncles and aunts and cousins to play with.

The spouse walks into my office. She tells me that she has found some disturbing images and texts on her husband’s phone. He has been talking with another woman on social media. He has sent and received pictures that really upset her. As she tells her story, she informs me that this is not t…

To be a successful mountain climber, sure-footing helps. Navigation skills, having the correct equipment and supplies, climbing skills and sheer determination also play a major role. Sure-footing gives the climber the confidence to reach the most treacherous heights, in the midst of some of …