ST: Summer

__________________ Summer silky warm caressing welcoming skin Sweet lethargy grows __________________   __________________ Shadows beckoning soft breezes scented sweet eyes gleam with desire ...

Climate "Flat Earther"

Among climate change environmentalists it is popular to denigrate the science knowledge and understanding of skeptics.  Well it seems they wanted to see if this assumption could be verified & quantified.  The study is in now and oooooops. The...

Hymn for today

Hymn for those who serve: AKA Navy Hymn: Those in my family, who I honor today along with all the others who served when their country called! an ancestor who served with George Washington a great...

We should never forget!

In the grand scheme of things, war is never pleasing to contemplate.  But were it not for the warriors standing and fallen, slumbering peacefully would be but a dream.  I found this on the Smithsonian website.   October 25,...

Spending - oh really Mr. President?

"Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." Daniel Patrick Moynihan Federal Government Spending Expenditure GDP – CHARTS – Deficit Debt FY 2007 Federal Spending by Function...

Musical order of service

A mildly morbid topic but one reflective of the holiday, what would be the music that I'd like to reflect the summation at the end of my life here.  I got some of it from a biography of Sir Winston Churchill and his reasoning. Song 1: ...

A new look at our beloved star

‘New Way of Looking at the Sun’: See It in ‘Extreme Ultraviolet Light’ to Show Solar Plasma (Image: NASA screenshot) Here is one of NASA’s latest videos of the surface of the sun — but it’s not just any video showing...

TAPS

A uniquely American bugle call, sounded at days end and at the final rest of military personnel.  Taps came into being during the Civil at the behest of Gen. Butterfield.  It is the result of his dislike of the end of day call in use at the time and a...

Decoration/Memorial Day

A few words in honor of service: - George Washington, Farewell Orders to the Army, November 2, 1783 "To the various branches of the Army, the General takes this last and solemn opportunity of professing his inviolable attachment...

Ouch that's too close for comfort

          We, all would love to live in a perfect world but in many ways we should recognize the impracticability of that dream.  Why?  Well, why, for one reason until men are perfect there will always be imperfection.  For another until the world's...

Hometown Hero

         For the past few weeks my local news station has been running a series called Hometown Heroes.  The on air personalities high light someone in their hometown who they would consider a hero in that community.  I was particularly struck by this...

How did we get here

     From a time when most of us were gardeners, we should know that weeds if not taken care as soon as they appear can take over the garden and sink down roots so deep that it is virtually impossible to uproot them without damaging the desired...

Sunday Soothing

When the past week or expectations of the coming days need an inner quiet.

Um and he wants our help?

Man With 30 Kids — By 11 Different Mothers — Seeks Child Support Help Posted on May 19, 2012 by Madeleine Morganstern Demond Hatchett, father of 30, has requested child support help. (Image source: WREG-TV) A...

Oh boy Obama budget

In March the House voted it down: 414-0 today the Senate finally got around to voting on it and it was rejected: 99-0

So how has your day been?

A. B. C.   D. E. F. G. photographer Tadas Černiauskas photoghraphed willing subjects to as a partner aimed a leaf blower at their faces.

Silence Acrostic

Silence can be: Stubborn Irritating Loud Enervating Nerve wracking Coercive Empty or silence can be: Serene Intimate Loving Ease Nice Companionable Enigmatic

Resolute beyond his years

We've all heard of the Westboro  Baptist Church and the loonies that inhabit it.  But few have stood up to them when they infest an event.  This one lone boy saw a wrong and stood up!   Nine Year Old Counter-Protester Takes on Westboro Baptist...

A few words from Fredrick Douglass

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose. It is easier to...

Write?? well okay

At the behest & provocation of Nightbane (that 'dear' soul)   Welcome wanderer well come indeed! Our ancient sisterhood has word for your needs. Sybils and sylphs ever at ready Be wary, oh wanderer that you...

American Dream = Earned Success

Food for thought from an immigrant:   Arthur Brooks: America and the Value of 'Earned Success' 'We found that even when good things occurred that weren't earned, like nickels coming out of slot machines, it did not increase people's...