Stories by Michele Hiester Marcum


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Pure Gold

For those of us who have lost a service member, we have our own story about a journey, a star, and the blue that turned to gold.

12/22/2015 - Michele Hiester Marcum
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Happy Thanksgiving?

Ever notice how holiday greetings begin with “happy”? Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Holidays! Even Fridays become Happy Friday!

11/25/2015 - Michele Hiester Marcum
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Ten

A decade. Ten very long years that have seemingly whizzed by on dragging feet since my brother left this earth.

11/3/2015 - Michele Hiester Marcum
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HOLLOW-WEEN

It’s that spook-tacular time of year, with all things creepy and frightening lurking in the shadows and lunging from television ads.

10/31/2015 - Michele Hiester Marcum
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Coping with Guilt

Guilt. Regret. Sorrow. They all have their place. But so do joy, humor, and forgiveness.

1/20/2015 - Michele Hiester Marcum
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Times Keeps On Ticking...

More than nine years have disappeared since my brother died in Afghanistan. Nearly 3400 days. Or more than 4,896,000 minutes, if I were counting.

7/14/2014 - Michele Hiester Marcum
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To Be A Patriot

Being a true Patriot means that we actively seek ways to honor the fallen by teaching the living.

5/26/2014 - Michele Hiester Marcum
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Enough

I have my memories, both old and new. And for that, I am grateful.

1/20/2014 - Michele Hiester Marcum
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Rock On

The truth is, there really is a magical quality about the holiday season. When you’re not grieving, that is.

12/21/2013 - Michele Hiester Marcum
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Words

I communicate. It's what I do. Ironically, one of the highest hurdles I've had to cross is that of communication after.

9/2/2013 - Michele Hiester Marcum
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Memorial Day

I remember the sacrifice, both my brother's and mine. I remember your sacrifice too. Yes, yours. I remember the very person for whom you grieve.

9/2/2013 - Michele Hiester Marcum
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I'm Not Angry

I feel like I’m somehow betraying my brother’s memory by not being rip-roaring, chest-beating, sky-screaming bitter about his death.

9/2/2013 - Michele Hiester Marcum
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Live, Laugh, Love

To scramble them in any way would be awkward and somehow less meaningful.

6/24/2013 - Michele Hiester Marcum
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Coming Home

Through TAPS, I have met so many thoughtful, caring, “been there” people who have become like family. I look forward to this annual tradition of “coming home”.

3/31/2013 - Michele Hiester Marcum
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Life: A Game of Chance

When March 1 rolls around, I feel like every emotion within my being has been placed in a cup and shaken with an enthusiasm I no longer possess.

3/11/2013 - Michele Hiester Marcum
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Love is in the Air

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, my friends. What does your heart remember?

2/11/2013 - Michele Hiester Marcum
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Thanksgiving

Well, this will be our eighth Thanksgiving without my brother, and I just really can’t believe it’s been that long!

11/19/2012 - Michele Hiester Marcum
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Always the Atlantic

Grief, like the waves, has a way of healing us, of returning us to dry land.

11/19/2012 - Michele Hiester Marcum
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Resuming Something Set Aside: The Maine Thing

Vacations have always been a prominent source of my most treasured childhood memories.

8/27/2012 - Michele Hiester Marcum
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I Wish

I have a wish for YOU! Not a wish that speaks of regret, but one that leads to healing. Explore the opportunities TAPS provides.

7/29/2012 - Michele Hiester Marcum
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Happy Birthday Dear Brother, Happy Bir...

Am I supposed to be celebrating your birthday? Do the angels throw parties in heaven like we do on Earth?

7/1/2012 - Michele Hiester Marcum
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Destination Discovery: Exploring the Unexpected

I don’t know where I’m headed most days, but I know where I’ve been. And I’m learning that my destination is one of discovery.

6/25/2012 - Michele Hiester Marcum
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Sibling Revelry

Co-conspirators. Confidants. Comrades. Two apples from the very same tree. Two peas tucked in a single pod. That was us, my brother and me…

6/21/2012 - Michele Hiester Marcum
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Memorial Day

Memorial Day no longer ushers in anything more than my official right to grieve the loss of my brother.

5/28/2012 - Michele Hiester Marcum
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Introducing Michele Marcum

I am Michele. And I am a survivor. My story mirrors that of every other TAPS survivor.

5/3/2012 - Michele Hiester Marcum
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Gold, Commonsense, and Mirth

We’re learning to allow laughter back in, to allow the mirth to meld with the sorrow. It’s the way Michael would have wanted it.

12/21/2011 - Michele Hiester Marcum