By: Mark Berent  In honor of all the pilots who’ve courted danger while flying for our country in past wars, I’m sharing with you this essay from the desk of my cousin Mark Berent, author and distinguished fighter pilot who flew over 1,000 combat hours during the Korean and Vietnam wars. Bernie wrote me about … Continue reading

Memorial Day Tribute

In Flanders Fields by Lt. Col. John McCrae  In Flanders Fields the poppies grow Between the crosses, row on row,  That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard among the guns below. We are the dead, short days ago We lived felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved … Continue reading

Sir Galahad in Disguise

Boarding the Delta plane to Florida gave me a sense of déjà vu, as the flight attendants greeted me with a cheery, “Welcome aboard.” I answered them in return and glanced into the cockpit. The captain and his first officer were preparing for takeoff, just as my late husband had done more than 30 years … Continue reading

Travels with Bernie

Come with me and read about my travels with Bernie… You’ve got to read it to believe it! Hawaii: A River’s Tale April 1991          I wasn’t a good swimmer and felt inept at handling a kayak, but it made no difference. My pilot could do both. “Let’s sign up for a kayaking tour,” Bernie said. … Continue reading

From the New World

After I finished my memoir, I took time to reflect on what I had written. My pilot and I were married for 52 years, during which time we experienced our share of adversities, each one compelling. We blazed trails through those new worlds—applying our love as a fixative to repair the difficulties and sustain the … Continue reading

Winter Surprises

Working for the airlines had its ups and downs as Bernie used to say. One winter night, when he was returning to JFK from a Pan Am flight, the bus dropped off the pilots and cabin crew to the terminal’s snow-covered crew parking lot. Yikes! Tracings of cars peeped out from under the high drifts, … Continue reading

Moving Memoir

by Guest Blogger, Karen Abarbanel Dec. 23, 2021 “The many months my pilot and I spent apart also showed us the strength of our marriage and our love for each other…we knew any trials to come would pale in comparison to what we’d endured in wartime…Life is nothing but new beginnings.” A gifted artist, teacher, … Continue reading


A LITTLE GEM WRITTEN BY E.B. WHITE, DEC 1952 From this high midtown hall, undecked with boughs, unfortified with mistletoe, we send forth our tinseled greetings as of old, to friends, to readers, to strangers of many conditions in many places.  Merry Christmas to uncertified accountants, to tellers who have made a mistake in addition, … Continue reading

Military Writers Society of America review

My Pilot: A Story of War, Love and ALS by Sarajane Giere MWSA ReviewCan you imagine you are due to have your first baby the week your husband leaves to fly F4 Phantom jets in Vietnam and your mother suddenly passes away? That is a smidgeon of the challenges faced by the Giere’s fifty-three year … Continue reading


A tale of joy, despite medical woes The Southampton Press, Sophie Griffin on Aug 5, 2021 In her book “My Pilot: A Story of Love, War and ALS,” Sarajane Giere tells the story of her relationship with her husband, Colonel Bernard (“Bernie”) D. Giere, a fighter pilot who served in the Vietnam War and spent … Continue reading


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