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Creative Non-Fiction
(Non-Fic)
TRAVELING ON A WING AND A PRAYER: Surviving the Army During the Cold War and Beyond
by CORA ANN

After many tours in Germany during the Cold War, I retired here after 22 years in the Army. As a Permanently Disabled Veteran, I enjoy writing about my experiences, adventures, meeting new people, and learning about different cultures while traveling in Europe. I have wrritten several hundred stories and articles over the past 25 years. ChapterBuzz has encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and start working on my first book. "Sounds interesting!"

Chapter 1 SNIPPETS OF INSANITY

WATER OR VINEGAR?

I drove to Forbach, France, the other day with a friend who was visiting from the states. For the trip, I brought some German sweet peach tea along that I wanted her to try. Since I had an empty water bottle in my car, I stopped on the si...





Chaptere 2 - HOME IS NOT ALWAYS WHERE THE HEART IS

Sometimes I was scared to get out of bed! But one thing I do know is that God has a sense of humor!






Chapter 3 - EPISODES FROM MY TRAVELS IN GERMANY

 DAS BOOT (THE BOAT)

 

It was one summer in the 1980s. During that time, I was a U.S. Army stenographer stationed in Heidelberg, Germany. My two daughters and I lived in military family housing in Patrick Henry Village. Americans referred to it as PHV.

 

I ...





Chapter 4
NOTHING SHORT OF A MIRACLE

MY PRE-CHRISTMAS MIRACLE

What are the odds of strange things happening at any given time? Something out of the ordinary happened to me today. I don’t know if it was a coincidence or a miracle.

One of my Army buddies came to visit me for two wee...





Chapter 5
EPISODES FROM MY ARMY CAREER

MY ENCOUNTER WITH A TRIPLE K CARD

At the time, I was a Staff Sergeant and a Counterintelligence Agent in the United States Army. My unit was the 527th Military Intelligence (MI) Battalion, located in Kaiserslautern, Germany. I was also the Noncommissioned ...





Chapter 6 ON THE ROAD AGAIN
ON THE ROAD AGAIN

FOILED BY A GERMAN TRACTOR AND A RADAR TRAP

When I got my German driver’s license, I was proud of that. I’ve already had my international driver’s license, so this newly acquired ID made me kinda dangerous on the autobahns.

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Chapter 7 THE FUN OF AGING IS TRICKY

THE ABSURD FUN OF AGING

When I was six years old, the aging process was a bone of contention with me. Back then, I had amusing concepts about growing old. My childhood naiveté led me to believe that at age 16, I would be a mature adult. At age 2...






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