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Drought Deepens.

first_imgAthens, Ga. – As Georgia starts its fourth year of drought and summer nears, dry conditions are expected to worsen. After a very wet March that brought temporary relief to topsoil moisture and stream flows, dry conditions have returned to the state.Since April 1, the entire state has received very little rain. Rain deficits since April 1 include 4.39 inches at Athens, 3.18 at Atlanta, 3.14 at Augusta (Bush Field), 3.76 at Columbus, 0.87 at Macon and 4.20 at Savannah.Because of the rain deficit, soils have quickly dried across the state. The Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service reports that soil moisture is short to very short in 82 percent of the state’s soils.Soil-moisture Losses HighIn the past six weeks, moisture losses from soils include 5.56 inches at Alma, 7.02 at Brunswick, 7.25 at Savannah, 6.27 at Midville, 5.03 at Plains, 6.64 at Tifton, 5.35 at Fort Valley, 4.30 at Griffin, 3.73 at Watkinsville, 4.60 at Dallas, 4.80 at Gainesville, 3.91 at Blairsville and 4.06 at LaFayette.The decrease in soil moisture is stressing pastures and row crops. GASS reports that only one-third of the corn, cotton and hay crops are in good to excellent conditions.Many farmers are having to irrigate just to get the crops started. Row-crop planting has slowed due to the dry condition.Stream Flows Extremely LowStream flows are extremely low, with daily low-flow records being set on the St. Mary’s River in Charlton County, Little River in Wilkes and Taliaferro Counties, Broad River in Elbert and Wilkes Counties and Chattooga River in Rabun County.Flow rates in other unregulated rivers and creeks across the state are near or below the 10th percentile. At the 10th percentile, in only 1 out of 10 years would stream flows be less than the current flows.The low stream flows in coastal Georgia are not good news for the shrimping and crabbing industries. Low stream-flow levels in southeast Georgia are associated with decreased white shrimp and blue crab landings.Wildfires IncreasingThe dry conditions are also increasing wildfires, with several new fires during the past few days. On May 16, the Georgia Forestry Commission rated wildfire danger as high to extreme over most of the state.The outlook for breaking the drought is not promising. Even with normal weather, the soils across the state will continue to lose moisture. Normal summer weather also means that streams and reservoir levels will continue to drop.From May through October, soil moisture loss due to evaporation and transpiration (plant water use) is generally greater than rainfall.Tropical Weather May Not HelpTropical weather is usually the only event that can cause rainfall to be greater than soil moisture loss during Georgia’s summers. With the extremely dry conditions of the state’s subsoils, even a tropical storm will probably not break the drought.With early indications that the summer will be hotter than normal, soil-moisture loss due to evaporation and transpiration may be greater than normal. This increase in soil-moisture loss will tend to increase the severity of the drought.Daily updated drought information from the University of Georgia is available at www.georgiadrought.org. Daily updated weather information is available from UGA Engineering’s Georgia Environmental Monitoring Network at www.griffin.peachnet.edu/bae/.last_img read more

Feds: Oceanside Ponzi Schemer Conned $6M from Victims

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An Oceanside man was indicted for conning $6 million from 80 investors in his Ponzi scheme disguised as several jewelry trading companies over a five-year span, federal authorities said.John Quadrino was charged with wire fraud and wire fraud conspiracy Thursday at Central Islip federal court.“Rather than carrying out his plan as promised, Quadrino dangled a shiny prospect in front of his victims while funneling their money into a scheme to defraud others and enrich himself,” said William Sweeney, Jr., assistant director of the FBI’s New York field office.Prosecutors said the 51-year-old suspect promised large returns to victims that invested $13.1 million in his three companies—Princess Cut Industries, Inc., Sassy Jewelry Buyers, Inc., and Golden Glitter Trading, Inc.—that he billed as selling gold, jewelry and diamonds to refineries and jewelers.Instead, Quadrino used the money from new investors to pay “interest” to old investors and spent the money on himself and gambling, according to investigators. The victims lost $6.3 million in the process, authorities said.Quadrino is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday before Magistrate Judge Arlene Lindsay. He faces up to 20 years in federal prison, if convicted.last_img read more

The Escalator is off: A brand goodbye to Sears

first_img continue reading » There’s a terrific scene in the 1995 Brady Bunch Movie when father Mike Brady tells his family “Put on your Sunday best, kids. We’re going to Sears!” The titular family loads up the station wagon, all smiles and singing, to the local Sears, even taking a ride on the escalator.Recalling that scene hit me a little bit like a gut punch earlier this year when I visited (for the last time) our local Sears which closed forever at the end of March. By this point, the store was pretty much gutted with not much left other than back office supplies, a few shelves and the ugliest of ugly clothes. I noticed, tellingly, the escalator to the second floor was roped off and shut down.What brand lessons can banks and credit unions learn from Sears? Plenty.There is no brand big enough to not fail. Up until 1989, Sears was the largest retailer in the United States (when it was passed by Walmart). Size is no indicator of brand invulnerability. In the relatively short 30 years since 1989, the fall of Sears is nothing less than steep. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Three more councilors detained by KPK in Jambi graft case

first_imgThe antigraft agency also suspected that the former councilors demanded kickbacks from projects handled by the provincial administration. Each of them allegedly received between Rp 100 million (US$7,077) and Rp 600 million.The KPK has charged the three suspects with violating articles 11 and 12 of the 2001 Corruption Law, which prohibit state officials from accepting bribes and gratuities.Read also: KPK detains three councilors in Jambi graft caseThey will be detained at the KPK detention center in South Jakarta for 20 days until July 19, with 14 days quarantine period to comply with the COVID-19 prevention protocols. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has detained three more former members of the Jambi Regional Legislative Council for investigation into a graft case that has also implicated former governor Zumi Zola.The three politicians, who served as councilors between 2014 and 2019, are Cekman from the Hanura Party, Tadjudin Hasan from the National Awakening Party (PAN) and Parlagutan Nasution from the United Development Party (PPP), all of whom had been named suspects in the case in 2018.KPK commissioner Lili Pintauli Siregar said on Tuesday that the three were allegedly involved in demanding money from the regional administration in exchange for their approval of the provincial budget for fiscal years 2017 and 2018. “We also detained three suspects in this case on June 26,” Lili said, referring to Jambi Council speaker Cornelis Buston of the Democratic Party as well as his two former deputies: AR Syahbandar of the Gerindra Party and Chumadi Zaidi of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).Former governor Zumi was found guilty for his involvement in the case and the Jakarta Corruption Court sentenced him to six years’ imprisonment in December 2018.So far, the KPK has arrested all 18 suspects in the case, comprising regional administration officials, local council members as well as businesspeople. Twelve of these have stood trial, with seven already convicted and sentenced by the court.According to the antigraft agency, politics is one of the most corruption-prone sectors, as it has arrested 184 national and regional legislative members since its formation in 2003.Topics :last_img read more

Women’s hockey: Top-ranked Badgers look to stay undefeated as No. 3 Minnesota comes to Madison

first_imgThe No.1 Wisconsin Badgers (8-0-0, 2-0-0 WCHA) will host their biggest rival, the No. 3 Minnesota Gophers (6-1-1, 4-1-1-0 WCHA), at LaBahn Arena this weekend in an early-season clash of two marquee programs. It’s the highest-ranked matchup in the NCAA so far this season.Historically, Minnesota has commanded the Border Battle rivalry. The Gophers boast a 50-35-11 record against Wisconsin dating back to 1998 when the rivalry was first installed. However, Wisconsin has been in the driver’s seat recently — the Badgers head into this weekend having taken five of their last six games against Minnesota, including a series sweep of the Gophers at LaBahn Arena last season.The last time these teams faced off, it was all Badgers. En route to last season’s Frozen Four, Wisconsin dominated the Gophers 4–0 in the NCAA quarterfinals, redeeming itself from a 3–1 loss to their rivals in the WCHA title game.Men’s hockey: Wisconsin hockey looks to continue impressive start against Michigan TechThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (3-1-0, 0-0-0 Big Ten) will look to continue their impressive play to start Read…Wisconsin is fresh off a dominant showcase against Princeton Sunday. Freshman Sophie Shirley tallied four points and two game-winning goals in the Badgers’ sweep of the Tigers, earning WCHA Rookie of the Week and NCAA Third Star of the Week honors. The Badger scoring attack has been formidable in each of their eight games. Their .286 power-play percentage ranks third in the nation, thanks in large part to stellar play from both Shirley and NCAA points-leader Abby Roque. In addition to Roque and Shirley, the Badgers’ Sam Cogan and Annie Pankowski are both among the nation’s top 15 scorers.The No. 3 Gophers head to Madison having split their series with the Ohio State (6-2-0, 3-1-0-0 WCHA) last weekend, and bring with them one of the nation’s most balanced offenses. Six different players have now scored game-winning goals for Minnesota, and 19 different Gophers have registered at least one point. They rank fourth in the nation through eight games with 3.88 goals per game, led by senior Nicole Schammel, whose 11 points rank third in the nation so far.Wisconsin cannot overlook the early-season contributions of Minnesota’s younger players. Four Gopher rookies have notched their first career goals already this season, and each of their seven rookies has seen significant time on the ice. Depth will play an important role in both games this weekend, particularly following the Badgers struggles against Princeton’s offense last Friday. Look for the Gophers to sustain pressure on Wisconsin’s back-line early and often.Women’s hockey: New No. 1 Badgers continue early season dominance against Princeton, move to 8-0-0There’s a new No. 1 in Women’s College Hockey. After an impressive weekend sweep against the visiting Princeton Tigers (0-2-0, Read…It’s safe to assume the Gophers have not forgotten how the Badgers ended their season last year, so there may be an added dose of motivation for the visiting team.Puck drops Saturday and Sunday are set for 2 p.m. from LaBahn Arena.last_img read more

Brookdale Community College Names Dr. Maureen Murphy As Next President

first_imgLINCROFT – The Board of Trustees of Brookdale Community College announced this week that Dr. Maureen Murphy, President at San Jacinto College South in Houston, Texas, has been named President of Brookdale, effective July 1. She will succeed interim President William Toms, who is returning to continue his consulting practice.The new President is no stranger to the area: her parents grew up in Monmouth County, she has relatives in Red Bank and Atlantic Highlands.In announcing the appointment of Dr. Murphy, Josh Elkes, chair of Brookdale’s Board of Trustees, stated, “We are extremely pleased to bring a top caliber teacher, administrator, and institutional leader to Brookdale Community College. Maureen Murphy has an outstanding record of achievement in development, grant writing, academics, and college operations. She is committed to building on Brookdale’s reputation as the No. 1 degree-awarding community college in New Jersey.” Dr. Murphy will be the first woman president in the college’s history.The appointment concludes a search launched in the fall of 2011, led by an eleven member committee including three trustees, three faculty members, three administrators, one current student and one community member. The committee, chaired by Trustee Chair Elkes, chose Dr. Murphy and two others as finalists among 93 initial candidates. The full Board of Trustees accumulated feedback from faculty, students, and staff. A careful analysis of the feedback and a final interview process by the Trustees resulted in Murphy’s selection.“The college community can be proud that this search attracted so many highly qualified candidates,” said Elkes. “From this competitive field, the Trustees unanimously determined that Dr. Murphy’s experience and qualifications are suited to the administrative, academic and funding challenges that Brookdale will face as we write the next chapter of our history. I’m confident she will build on our successes here at Brookdale and lead us to successfully implement our vision for the future.”During her five years as president of San Jacinto College South, Murphy led an academic institution with significant similarities to Brookdale, college officials said.Established in 1979, San Jacinto College South has 11,150 students and 145 full-time faculty on a 150-acre campus; Brookdale has 14,950 students and 250 full-time faculty on its 220-acre Lincroft campus. San Jacinto has also experienced familiar funding challenges, with state appropriations for community colleges falling nearly 30% while Brookdale’s has declined 60%.To keep enrollment strong, Dr. Murphy expanded recruitment efforts into the community, including churches and community centers, and aggressively pursued and procured grants to help replace lost state revenue. As a result, San Jacinto College South today acquires more of its enrollment in competition with other colleges, with 52% of students residing out-of-district. San Jacinto also participates in the competitive Division 1 athletics of the NJCAA while Brookdale is in Division 3. Some notable San Jacinto athletes include former NBA all-stars Sam Cassel and Steve Francis, as well as MLB’s Andy Pettitte.As President, Dr. Murphy secured state and federal grants to build both the community and the workforce, including funding for nursing, health care training and the humanities. She forged cultural, academic and workforce development partnerships with institutions including the General Consul of Spain and a consortium of eight surrounding hospitals. The campus hosts the Aerospace & Biotechnology Academy, a college-wide initiative undertaken in cooperation with the NASA-Johnson Space Center.Dr. Murphy also looks forward to continuing her focus on returning veterans, having actively worked to establish a Veteran’s Center at San Jacinto. She aspires to place that same emphasis on welcoming returning veterans into the Brookdale community.Earlier in her career, Dr. Murphy was chief academic and student services officer of Rappahannock Community College and Wytheville Community College, both in Virginia. Prior to these administrative positions, she rose through the academic ranks as an instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and later Dean of Mathematics and Communications at St. Louis Community College – Meramec. Dr. Murphy earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from Saint Louis University, an M.A. in English from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and a B.A. in English from the University of Louisville.Dr. Maureen Murphy, president of San Jacinto College South in Houston, Tx., will become president of Brookdale Community College on July 1. She will be Brookdale’s first female president.last_img read more

SB Making Plans to Move Forward

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – Sea Bright is rebuilding, residents are moving back and there are promises the beach will be ready for next summer, the mayor and borough council, say.Three weeks after Super Storm Sandy devastated the small beachfront community, Mayor Dina Long and the six-member borough council held its municipal meeting at Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre Tuesday evening. The governing body offered its assessment of where the borough stands and discussed plans for moving forward.Before a crowd of about 250 people, the council authorized a $3 million emergency expenditure to help cover the cost for the storm and its aftermath.That amount is about half of the borough’s annual municipal budget, said Councilman William J. Keeler, who chairs the council’s finance committee.He said he holds out hope that the borough’s insurance coverage “should cover a great deal, if not all of the $3 million” through a combination of money from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the borough’s coverage with the Joint Insurance Fund (JIF), which underwrites municipalities’ insurance coverage.Reimbursement through JIF, however, he warned, may be slow in coming.Borough officials also expect to hold another meeting with FEMA representatives next week. Local officials are continuing to pursue available financial grant opportunities, Keeler said.Work continues to be done to restore electrical power and natural gas service to borough locations, said Councilman James A. LoBiondo. He told the audience JCP&L, the power utility, has completed repairs to the substations serving Sea Bright and replaced meters that were compromised by salt water. The utility is continuing to repair damaged transformers, but no timeframe was given as to when that work would be completed.New Jersey Natural Gas also is continuing to turn on the gas to properties that can safely use it, LoBiondo said.Water service should be available and damage to the sewer pump stations have been repaired.Property owners will have to contract with private electricians and plumbers if their locations were compromised to ensure gas and electricity can be safely turned on, he said.Marilyn Jaccard, a former Sea Bright resident who now lives in Highlands, wondered about a recent Wall Street Journal article discussing whether communities like Sea Bright, ravaged by the late October storm, should rebuild.“There are some arguments out there to not rebuild,” Long said. The mayor quickly added, “there are just as many compelling arguments to continue.”Councilman C. Read Murphy said the council is authorizing proposals for work on the borough’s beach bathing pavilion, that was destroyed by the storm, is proof positive of the governing body’s commitment to move forward. “So what’s gone will be back,” he said. “We will have a Sea Bright Beach next summer.”The Army Corps of Engi­neers’ beach replenishment project for the length of the borough beach, planned long before Sandy, began this week, Read said.Public and private property for the small community of approximately 1,500 year-round residents, sustained an estimated $450 million in damages, the amount local officials submitted to FEMA, Long said.“We are recovering and looking to rebuild,” and are moving forward, with some people having already returned to their homes, she said.“We truly believe in the future of Sea Bright,” Murphy said. “This town is coming back and it’ll be stronger than ever.”The borough council used the Red Bank theater because its usual meeting site, Cecile F. Norton Community Center on Ocean Avenue, continues to be used for relief activity.“After our last two council meetings with substandard conditions,” Long said, “we were looking for a warm place.”last_img read more

Liverpool reportedly interested in Daniel Sturridge loan deal

first_imgLiverpool are reportedly interested in signing forward Daniel Sturridge on loan from Chelsea.The Guardian and Daily Mirror suggest the Blues may look to loan Sturridge out if they can bring in Bayer Leverkusen’s André Schürrle before the transfer window closes.Tottenham and Arsenal are also said to be interested in Sturridge, whose future at Stamford Bridge has been the subject of much speculation.The Daily Telegraph say Chelsea are set to make a £20m deadline-day bid for Schürrle and that Liverpool have made an approach for Sturridge.The Daily Express also believe Schürrle could be on his way to west London.Arsenal have made an attempt to sign Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien on a season-long loan, according to the Daily Mail.The Mail aslo say Everton have tried – and failed – to agree a loan deal for Essien.Meanwhile, the Mirror again suggest that Liverpool could offload Charlie Adam in order to fund the signing of Clint Dempsey from Fulham.The Express is among a number of papers to suggest Fulham have shattered their wage structure in order to sign striker Dimitar Berbatov from Manchester United.This page is regularly updated.  Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Why Do Americans Hate Technological Change?

first_imgDan Lyons’s provocative question about Why Do American’s Hate Android And Love Apple?, got me to thinking about even larger questions involving my fellow countrymen’s relationship to technology.A.J. Schuler, in his 2003 paper, “Resistance to Change,” lays out 10 reasons why people resist change. His first two points may help us understand why we cling to technology that might not be the best for us.The risk of change is seen as greater than the risk of standing still.People feel connected to other people who are identified with the old way.Why Did Macs Never Rule America?Dan suggests one reason Americans support the iPhone is because “Apple is an American company, and Americans like to root for the home team.” He also says “lawsuits against Android phone makers have been an effective form of marketing” and that Apple fanboys have depicted Android users as “low-class people who are uneducated, poor, cheap and too lacking in `taste.’”While we might like the home team and being part of the cool-guy club, there is more to iPhone love than Apple and its “superior” marketing.For instance, when Dan asks, “Why do such a huge majority of Americans go out of their way to choose Apple?” he is talking about smartphones – because as a country we are not really in love with Apple’s computers. According to Ars Technica even at their peak of popularity, the computers of Apple have never even been one third as popular as the iPhone.From 1996 until his death, Steve Jobs tried fairly unsuccessfully to get Americans public to embrace the Mac the way they now love, love, love the iPhone. (As a former Apple employee, this is a problem that I lived first hand.)For many years after Mac OS X’s initial release on March 24, 2001, it was arguably the best desktop operating system in the world. For one thing, OS X was far more secure than Windows XP. Whole agencies in the federal government could be taken down by a virus or worm attack, but their CIOs would cling to Windows XP like they were married to it.Many businesses were even worse. And it isn’t all about not liking Apple. Many companies still cling to Windows XP when almost anyone with computer experience will tell you that Windows 7 is a far superior operating system. And let’s not even talk about Windows 8.Because Everyone Else Is Doing It – And They Will Help YouSo why are the 11-year-old Windows XP and the no-longer-clearly-superior iPhone still so beloved?It could be because they were the first widely accepted products of their type. While the Macintosh brought us the first graphical user interface, it was never as widely accepted as Windows. People got used to Windows, and the risk of going to something different became greater than the risk of sticking with XP.In a similar fashion there were smartphones before the iPhone – but Apple’s breakthrough was the first one to be widely accepted.In technology, “being connected to other people who are identified with the old way” also means that you have a support system of people to call if you screw things up.If you needed assistance when Windows XP broke, you probably knew someone who could help. And if you have a problem with your iPhone, how hard is it to find another iPhone user?Fast Food – But Not Fast Internet?It is not just Microsoft’s operating systems or Apple’s smartphone technology that Americans cling to. We seem perfectly happy with slow Internet access that even Russia and the notably technology adverse British wouldn’t tolerate.“Technology adverse British” is actually a slam our friends across the pond do not deserve. The Brits have adopted smartphones faster than the United States.It’s An American Thing, You Wouldn’t UnderstandStill, I wonder how America, birthplace to the personal computer and so many other technologies, has become so complacent when it comes to adopting the latest and greatest. I worry about the security vulnerabilities caused by our government’s refusal to aggressively diversify its operating system portfolio.But whatever you think of iPhones or Windows XP, there is one thing that we should all be able to rally around: faster Internet connections.Once we see the positive results of forcing change even when we are comfortable hugging our cable modems, perhaps change will come easier to us the next time.That’s important, because a “good enough for me” attitude towards technology is not the best way to keep up with the global economy. And we might fall even further behind if our international competitors can see more on their larger smartphone screens.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… david sobottacenter_img Tags:#Apple#Internet#iPhone#Mac#Windows 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts last_img

The First 30 Days of Reintegration – Part 1 of 4: The Honeymoon Phase

first_imgWe know that military deployments impact not only Service members, but their families as well.  Deployments are a time of separation, changing roles, sacrifice, missed life experiences and fear.  As Service members return home the reintegration phase can be challenging as families become reacquainted, reset expectations, and renegotiate roles.This 30 Day Reintegration series, originally published as MFLN Family Transitions Facebook posts in the spring of 2015, provides an intimate insight into the reintegration experience of one active duty Air Force couple.  Their story, unique for this family but also probably similar to other military family reintegration stories, reminds us of the joys and challenges military couples and families face.  It is our hope that this four part blog series will help military service providers understand the range of emotions family members experience during reintegration.  These emotions may or may not be visible or communicated outside of the home, but they truly impact the family’s mental and physical health as well as their ability to serve, work, volunteer and function.  Be observant and prepared to ask service members, partners and children specific questions about their reintegration experience to identify how you can help and find needed resources.This 4-part blog features 30 days of post-deployment journaling by what we’ve been calling our “30-Day Couple”.  Their names are not used to provide anonymity.  What is their back story?  He enlisted in the Air Force during his last year of high school because of career and education benefits.  The couple went to high school together but didn’t start dating until he returned from Basic Combat Training and Tech School.  After he was assigned to his first duty station they had a brief long distance relationship.  She dropped out of college so they could get married, but didn’t continue her education due to limited funds.  She quickly learned that the military lifestyle applied to her as a military spouse, stating “It’s become an OUR thing”!  As a Flying Crew Chief he has a fast paced job and is frequently away from home.  They have three children.  She left her job to stay home with the children to avoid childcare due to his frequent absences.  She is active in many groups on base and receives support from other military spouses.  “When you have a military friend you have a friend for life”.  She is a Key Spouse volunteer and works hard to provide support to other military spouses.They believe that their family is stronger because of the military experience.  They feel the kids have gained confidence and have benefited from learning how to adjust and adapt to whatever military life throws at them. They appreciate the steady income the military provides, but agree that being a military family has influenced their life course.  They are hesitant to buy a home in case they have to move.  They haven’t gotten a family pet because they may PCS overseas.  Education has been put on hold for her. Given his job expectations she “assumes” that he is not going to be there.  She know she can rely on his support, but doesn’t rely on him physically being there. They acknowledge that “military transitions happen just as fast as family transitions”.Continue reading to learn about this couples’ first five days of reintegration.  During this ‘honeymoon’ phase observe how the family reconnected and the wide range of emotions felt by each family member.************Day 1 – HerSo here is my first 24hours…. After impatiently waiting for hubby to be done checking in his equipment, it’s finally 1am by the time we get home. Everyone is asleep and it’s wonderful to be with my hubby. Determined to not throw off my kids’ normal day, I get the day started. I have to confess that more than once I was frustrated that things weren’t going the way I wanted them. Trying not to mom block him I just keep trying to keep the kids on time for school. As soon as the kids were at school and hubby made all his calls to work, I just wanted my time. Spent the day doing whatever he wanted to do. Hitting up his favorite restaurants. A lot of “I love you” and “I’ve missed you” was said all day long. I struggled with jealousy a lot today. Jealous that work was on his mind, the kids forgot me a little. Still today was great. I have him home. I got to talk face to face, and I’m gratefulDay 1 – HimMy first 24 hours back from my latest deployment was primarily one of observation. So many things have changed since I left so many months ago. I could spend all day voicing every change I noticed, but instead I elected to try and focus on the bigger differences that affected my family. Examples of these included my son’s new adult teeth or how tall my oldest daughter had gotten or even how talkative our youngest had become. These, along with so many other changes, were a bit hard for me to really accept. I didn’t really imagine my children any taller when they ran toward me upon my return than their height I remembered them at when I left. I had received my redeployment brief about how important it was to ease back into family life, so I tried to do just that. I pitched in helping with the kids as much as I could, but things like discipline I chose to avoid since I wasn’t sure how my wife had been handling those situations. My time home so far has been filled by elation and euphoria, all while hoping this feeling will last forever. Despite these changes, I’m extremely thankful to be home with my wife and children and look forward to adapting to the changes that inherently await me to discoverDay 2 – HerToday has been a quiet day. Hubby stepped in and took the dad role so effortlessly. Running the kids to their practices, and picking up vegetables from the farmer’s market. He was amazing letting me have plenty of time alone and not having a little one need me. I don’t feel like I struggled with anything today. Just really enjoyed having someone to share the day with and help with the responsibilities.Day 2 – HimToday I decided to jump into taking care of some things on my “Honey Do” list. I saw this as an opportunity to impress my wife, since I felt I had left her to do everything on her own for the past few months. This feeling was magnified by the fact that we have three children, ranging in ages between 2 and 9. I was in awe of how much she had taken care of while I was gone and only wanted to prove to her just how much I appreciated how much she has done. I hope to find my place in this “new norm” and contribute as best I can throughout these next thirty days home.Day 3 – HerToday we felt bored. The excitement of finally having my whole family together again is starting to wear off. I found myself asking my kids what I would normally be doing. The obvious answer was cleaning, cooking or on FaceTime with daddy. There wasn’t as much motivation to finish the to-do list but was still worked on. Preparations were made for hubby to go into work tomorrow. Not ready for the reality check then, but the sooner he gets his in-processing done the sooner we can go on family vacation. The kids have loved playing and jumping around with daddy, and not sure how they will feel about seeing him gone in the morning before they wake up. Our youngest has been wrapped around him this whole time. She may be very cranky tomorrow. Day 3 – HimWe decided today was going to be a lazy day. We’ve gone out shopping and stopped in at a few restaurants these past couple of days in part to celebrate being all together again and partly to indulge in what I had missed over the past few months. Due to these indulgences, we decided to stay in today. We tried to clean the house a bit and I finally tried to tackle unpacking, but the laziness of the day prevailed. I only started a few chores and, instead, lounged while watching a few movies. I played with the kids even more today than I did before I left. Although today was a lazy day, I remembered through the Resiliency courses that I’ve taught others, that even small moment with your loved ones count. It was important to me that my children understood that daddy had each of their undivided attention. Today was less about fitting back in as it was just enjoying the presence of familyDay 4 – HerToday has been a roller coaster. First day back to work. One of the things that helped it work was that hubby went into work late. He was able to see the kids off to school. As soon as my son woke up to see his daddy back in uniform he did his best Charlie Brown impression “ugh!” We made sure the kids knew daddy would not be home when they got home from school but he would be bringing home pizza when he did, they were content with that. A touchy subject that came up was our date night. A babysitter was scheduled three weeks ago for this night. It was important to me. I had asked several times about what would we do. At first I was told hubby wasn’t ready to think about that while he was overseas. Then when hubby got home he made me feel I was nagging him. Today hubby told me that I was making him mad because he felt forced to be romantic. I didn’t speak to him for a few hours. Later he texted me to tell me he made reservations at a waterfront restaurant. We were able to then talk out how we were feeling and what he meant when he misspoke. The kids were surprisingly good today, even my son brought home a note from teachers saying it was a wonderful day. This is great because during the deployment we had gotten several letters saying he was being disruptive and twice sent to the principal’s office. My oldest daughter was crying about us leaving her with a babysitter while we go on date. We gave her an iPod that she can use to text us all night long to make her feel better. Over all that day was good but trying at times.Day 4 – HimI had to go in to work today to start my in-processing. Typically, someone who has just come back from a deployment feels sort of out of place, but this time I felt particularly displaced since my entire section had moved while I was gone! I had relatively little issue finding the location, but the new processes therein were a different story. I’m only there long enough to complete due/overdue training as well as making my mandatory post-deployment appointments, but I still felt more out of place than I’ve ever felt with previous deployments. I decided that the best way to tackle this new role/environment was to take things slowly. Only asking questions about that which would affect me now versus trying to solve everything at once. I’ve still got plenty of questions at this present time; however, I decided upon this approach as it would break down an otherwise overwhelming feeling that would eat at me until I felt every question was answered. I pushed through the day and finally made it home to my loving family with whom I can always find solace in during a trying day. Now with the business aspect of the day behind me, my wife and I had plans to go on a date that night. I wish I had poured just as much effort into putting the night together as she had, but I had redeemed myself at the last minute by making a reservation at an upscale waterfront restaurant. This was followed by a bar hop and finally a fudge shop to bring home a few treats. I definitely experienced a gamut of emotions, but I would consider today altogether a win.Day 5 – HerLast night while out with hubby, he decided to tell me some of the things that he could not share with me during the deployment. Most of it had me scared but the worst part was him showing me pictures of bullet holes. I had already known about one instance that made it to the news here but I wasn’t aware of the others. Normally he doesn’t tell me anything about the places he has been; giving me the excuse of what if he goes back he wouldn’t want to worry me. I have gotten very used to that, so no point in asking. But this worried me. More than just because of all the dangers but also because it was out of the norm to share. My first question after he told me was are you going to have an appointment to talk to someone about all of this. He more or less laughed it off….The exciting thing that happened today is we booked a family trip. Looking forward to having fun with my family.Day 5 – HimI woke up this morning just a little before 5 a.m. to start my routine for work. I’m having to train myself again to start functioning this early in the day and find the motivation to make today a great one. I decided that it would be a good time to count my blessings since I hadn’t done it in a while. I usually teach that for every one negative thought, you should always counter it with three positives. I guess I could consider the time in which I had to get up a negative, but nonetheless I proceeded with the positives. First, I was home! I wasn’t separated from my family somewhere ending in “stan.” Second, traffic was a breeze this morning. Third, I haven’t officially started work yet, just in-processing, so I have very little responsibility and can worry about just myself for the time being until I get back from my reconstitution time off (R&R). All this to say that I had a pretty good day, however, my night turned out to be less than stellar. Our two older kids had Taekwondo, and while the oldest was quite disciplined, the middle decided to act out a bit. It was to be expected, but the same behavior reared back to life during dinner as well, but progressively got worse. Once one child gets a laugh from misbehaving, the dominos start to fall and the others play copy-cat until my wife and I had enough. We generally have well-mannered kids, but I guess the day wore on them as it was starting to wear on us. The night may not have ended on a high note, but at least I can always go back to those blessings to remind myself all that I am grateful for.************The first several days of reintegration following a deployment can provide both joys and challenges for military families.  What were your thoughts as you read about this family’s efforts to reconnect and the range of emotions experienced by each family member?  How might these insights impact how you as a military family service professional help families prepare for this honeymoon phase?  Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.Watch for Part 2 of 4 of this reintegration blog series, Establishing New Routines, which will be posted in one week.To learn more about current research related to reintegration, issues military families face during reintegration, as well as how these findings may impact programs and policies check out this archived webinar, “The Experience of Reintegration for Military Families and Implications for DoD” held mid-May.MFLN Family Transitions Development provides education, resources and networking opportunities for professionals working with military families to build resilience and navigate life cycle transitions. 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