Friday, November 11, 2011

Follow Friday #6

Follow Friday is back again!  This is a weekly meme co-hosted by Alison at Alison Can Read and Rachel at Parajunkee.  Each week, both Alison and Parajunkee feature a blog as well - this week's featured blogs are:  The Book Nympho and Mother Lode. So go check them out!  This is a great way to connect with your fellow bloggers, and get to know them a little better as well, perhaps - since a part of Follow Friday is answering the question of the week!

This week's question is:

In light of 11.11.11 and Veteran's Day, tell us about your favorite soldier and how he or she is saving the world (fictional or real life).

First, a fictional answer. I'd like to thank Sgt Malcolm Reynolds and the rest of the Browncoats for their service.  You "may have been [on] the losing side.  Still not convinced it was the wrong one."

And on a more personal note, I know/have known so many people who either are currently serving in the armed forces, or who have served in the past.  But today I'll just give a shout-out to two:  my dad and his father.  Both of them served in the US Navy.  Sometimes it was hard being a Navy Brat - starting over at a new school and making new friends is never easy - but all I really remember now are the good parts about it.  I was able to have experiences in my childhood that many people don't have in their entire life, and I never would have gotten the opportunities I did if my dad had not been in the military, and I am so proud of his service and the service of our many other relatives who served before him (both on his side of the family as well as on my mother's).  I am an anthropology major at university, and I know one of the reasons (maybe even the biggest reason) I'm so interested in other cultures, people, and languages is because of the time my dad spent in the Navy.

My paternal grandfather, Lee Roy Mullen. Former PO2 USN, SSgt USAF. RIP.

Family photo with my dad, who retired CPO Michael L Mullen

To all the men and women who have served in any branch of the armed forces, no matter what country you are from, you are appreciated.

To those who are currently serving and are deployed, I hope you are able to make it home safely and soon.

To those who are already home, wherever home may be, welcome back.  I'm glad you made it.    




  1. Nice post! and I love the family photos. Thanks your dad and family for serving! it's much appreciated.

    Trish - Friday Memes

  2. Firefly!!

    Thanks for stopping by for the FF this week.

  3. Wonderful post! Thanks to your father and family!

  4. Thanks to your dad and your grandfather for their service! And great choice with Firefly; I love that show :)

    Kate @ Epic (Chocolate) Fantasy

  5. That's too funny, I'm just watching Castle.

    You went with grandfather as well. I've seen a lot of family choices today. :)

    Follower. Come see my Friday! And have a great weekend!

  6. That's wonderful that your family has a history with the service. We all appreciate the sacrifices they've made.

    And I love your Firefly answer! :-)

  7. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I agree with what you said: Vlad Tepes is another one who did a lot for his country and Europe as a whole (keeping in mind that Wallachia was a border between Christian Europe and Muslim Turkey) so as a European I undoubtedly owe him thanks for keeping that border safe. I also watch a lot of documentaries about him, whenever I find one on, which tends to be more than just once a year!

    You have two great family snaps there. Adorable! :)

  8. Aw! Love the picture and the family history.

    Thanks for stopping by mine!

  9. Some people have friends and/or family who served or who is serving in the military. Other people aren’t really keen on the long-standing war and really have no answer at all.

    As for me? I don’t know anyone who is serving or who has served so I decided to go with what I want and chose a fictional soldier as an answer. The thing is, I had four prime candidates! I did eventually end up with one with a lengthy explanation. Care to know who it is? Follow me back to and find out!

    In celebration of today’s cool date of 11/11/11 I’m offering a special $11 discount off all my interactive fiction books! Sure I’m a book blogger but I’m also an author. All the details of the $11 off on 11/11/11 is at the bottom of my Follow Friday blog post.

    Since I’m posting this kind of late just add 'FF’ to the coupon code and it’ll be valid all weekend long!

    Thank God it’s Follow Friday!

    Howard Sherman, Implementor

  10. That's nice to honor your dad!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

  11. Hey,
    Can't say I've ever heard of browncoats, but he does great in Castle ;) Also, awesome pics of your dad and grandfather. Hope you have a great week!
    Ninja Girl

  12. What a great post and great pictures! I couldn't find one of my dad in uniform (but I didn't look extremely hard). I was an AF brat and like you, all I remember are the great things that came out of it.
    Thank you to your family for all their service (this includes your mom, since we both know military wives also serve).
    New follower!
    -Jenna @ Fans of Fiction
    My Follow Friday

  13. Hey, I just wanted to thank u for regularly commenting on my blog and adding me to your blog roll... Have u seen my shout out post? I created it in recognition of you :)

  14. Great post :-)

    Thanks for stopping by my FF and have a great weekend!