On Thanksgiving day, I am accustomed to large gatherings of folks who eat too much, laugh really loud, lie about their athletic prowess, watch football, and play board games. We simply enjoy being in one another's presence. At least for a few hours......until someone sucks the fun out of the room. I am curious about your Thanksgiving tradition. What do you do?
The Thanksgiving holiday was my late mother's and mine favorite time of the year. She would have turkey, ham, duck, collard greens, Mac n cheese, potato salad, corn bread stuffing, and all types of deserts in the dining room and kitchen. I enjoyed watching her prepare plates for people to eat. People all over my hometown knew that they could get a good meal at my mother's house.
Sometimes I close my eyes and listen closely to my memories of her laughter filling every space in the house with...
The Bronco Strong book was featured in The New Tri-State Defender. Phyllis R. Dixon submitted a positive review titled, 'Army veteran’s memoir tells story of Army life in a combat zone.'
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Brought to you by Angela M. Odom, a retired Army colonel turned solopreneur
After retiring from the greatest Army on the planet, getting my son settled in our new, more stable environment, and starting a personal development training company, I felt compelled to share my Soldiers’ stories. ‘BRONCO STRONG: A Memoir of the Last Deployed Personnel Services Battalion’ depicts support Soldiers grinding out a 15 month extended deployment in Iraq amidst the chaotic backdrop of the complexity of change.
I attempt to answer the longing questions of daily life in Iraq during the Iraqi Surge……..
It’s a fact that an overwhelming majority of Americans killed or physically...
Retired US Army Colonel Angela M. Odom shares the story of her time in Iraq and the brave men and women she led as a battalion commander.
In her stirring memoir, Bronco Strong, Angela M. Odom, a personnel services battalion commander, recounts daily life as a Soldier in an active war zone during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Odom came into command of the 15th Personnel Services Battalion in 2006, and immediately they were deployed to Baghdad via Kuwait. The Soldiers under her command had proved themselves before in the same theater of war. But things had changed in their time at home, and now they found themselves walking into a living nightmare.
The Soldiers of Task Force Bronco bravely endured, fulfilling their monumentally difficult support tasks throughout a grueling fifteen-month extended deployment. But things didn’t always go according to plan.
Angela M. Odom was given a huge challenge and...
Diabetes is a word I have heard all of my life. As a young child I thought a big blog of sugar was coming to get us all. As an adult I realize that my childhood understanding was not too far off beat. My mother, father and one of my brothers were diagnosed with diabetes.
I am not a medical doctor and do not know all of the technical jargon. I do, however, understand how the prevalence of this chronic and incurable disease. According to the Centers of Disease Control, diabetes is a disease where the blood glucose levels are above normal. A person with prediabetes has a blood sugar level higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. He or she is at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems, including heart disease, and stroke. Without lifestyle changes to improve their health, 15% to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.
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“Success is to live life openly, authentically, and lovingly in a way that is aligned with the highest good of self and others.” Joyce Marter
However we define success, we intuitively know that any level of success comes from action which comes directly from a set of specific skills. The term, Life Skills is defined in the oxford online dictionary as a skill that is necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. I am utterly amazed at how many skills I have to teach my son. I mistakenly thought he would just wake up and have all of the tools he needed to be successful in life. (Joking)
I grew up in a financially poor yet loving, supportive home environment, served honorably in the US Army for over 26 years, retired in the military rank of colonel and earned two Masters Degrees and still I lack some life skills. After achieving a measure of success in...
The longer I live the more I seek to learn.
I am consistently looking for the lesson of the day. I am intentional about being of service to others routinely. I often find myself observing how people act when they do not get their way. I have concluded that this is when we are most authentic. I gravitate to people who consistently provide a valuable service to others, while demonstrating great skill at their chosen profession or life’s work.
My siblings and I are fortunate to have had Hattie Mae as our mother, mentor, fan, critic and nurturer. She taught each of us different lessons. She taught me to always to do my best. She would often say, Angela if you sweep the floor, then I expect that it is the best swept floor ever. She valued formal education as well as proven life skills.
In 2015, I found myself on my knees (so to speak) more often then anytime in my life. I experienced personal loss and health setbacks as the year...