Tag Archives: Ceremony

“What do I do with my anger and rage?”

In our culture, we’re taught to not be angry, to calm down, and to “overcome” our anger, the emotion that alerts us to violations. Cruelty and contempt from caregivers is a serious violation. It’s no wonder survivors of severe abuse … Continue reading

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Coregulation saved my father’s funeral

My father–whose behavior made him a monster to me–was buried with honors at Arlington National Cemetery in September. I spent weeks readying. I bought dress slacks, pulled together an outfit, worked through my fears, and intensively practiced three lines of … Continue reading

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The great give-away

In some Native American cultures, people perform a ceremony called a “give-away” as a public recognition of a new personal status–such as through a wedding, or the naming of a baby–or to express thanks for blessings received. Last year, I … Continue reading

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Sea Scouts Team Up for River Fest

Scouts from Sea Scout Ship 212 and Ship 7916 teamed up to post the color guard and perform the flag raising at the opening ceremony of Quantico Yacht Club‘s first annual Potomac River Festival on May 2nd. Ship 212, RUNNER, … Continue reading

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Welcome, guest blogger Katherine Gotthardt

Katherine Gotthardt  is my fifth guest blogger from Write by the Rails – the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club‘s Endless Blog Tour 2014.  In the coming weeks, you will find here posts from 10 additional guests. Enjoy! Bury Me Under a Lilac … Continue reading

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Two ships, two awards

Last Saturday, January 11th, I had the pleasure of attending the National Capital Area Council (NCAC) Sea Scout annual Wardroom Dinner, held at the American Legion in Fairfax, VA. Because I work closely with two ships, I reserved my place under … Continue reading

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Yesterday was 9/12, the day that Benjamin Wheeler was born. He would have been seven years old, had he lived that long. Had he not been gunned down, along with 19 other children and six adults, in the mass murder … Continue reading

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Sea Scouts christen boat in memory of Sandy Hook boys

A blanket of soft gray clouds hung low along the Potomac River recently matching the somber mood as Prince William County Scouts and Sea Scouters and beyond gathered to christen a boat in memory of the two Tiger Cub Scouts … Continue reading

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Mother, I’m flying!

Mother, I’m flying Come catch me, Dad The most wonderful feeling That I’ve ever had I’m riding, I’m falling I’m falling, I’m riding I’m falling, I’m riding my bike In the fall of her 16th year, my daughter learned to … Continue reading

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Bravo Zulu!

Last night, my scouts executed their first full blown “landship” ceremony during Sea Scout ship 7916’s annual recognition dinner. This is a formal tradition with dress uniforms and the setting a mock-up of the deck of a ship. Our event included … Continue reading

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