People

Monte Carlo Demolition Derby

This is not a normal topic but we couldn’t resist it. – Ed How do you do a demolition derby in downtown Monte Carlo and still come out looking good? She goes for a little drive in his shiny blue $370, 000 Bentley convertible, scrapes a $111,000 Mercedes S class, ploughs into a $207,000 black…

Military

Burial at Sea

by LtCol George Goodson, USMC (Ret) In my 76th year, the events of my life appear to me, from time to time, as a series of vignettes. Some were significant; most were trivial… War is the seminal event in the life of everyone that has endured it. Though I fought in Korea and the Dominican…

Military

The Passing of Frank Buckles

by Thomas Conner, Ph.D., William P. Harris Professor of Military History, Hillsdale College The United States lost its last surviving veteran of the First World War on February 28, 2011. Frank Buckles, of Charles Town, West Virginia, passed away just a few weeks after his 110th birthday.  Born in 1901, he had enlisted in the…

People

The Song of Hiawatha – Selected Chapters

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, from U of Virginia Library and Longfellow poems Introduction Should you ask me, Whence these stories? Whence these legends and traditions, With the odors of the forest With the dew and damp of meadows, With the curling smoke of wigwams, With the rushing of great rivers, With their frequent repetitions, And their…

Politics

When an Immigrant becomes an American

by Theodore Roosevelt 1907 In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or…

Sports

This, my friend, is Acceleration

There are no manned rockets or airplanes built by any government in the world that can accelerate from a standing start as fast as a Top Fuel Dragster or Funny Car! One top fuel dragster 500 cubic inch Hemi engine makes more horsepower than the first 4 rows of stock cars at the Daytona 500….

People

Five Lessons on How to Treat People

1. First Important Lesson – Cleaning Lady During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?” Surely this was some kind of…

Animals

Cheetahs and Impala

The Law Of The Wild says kill only when you are hungry Photographer Michel Denis-Huot captured these amazing pictures on safari in Kenya’s Masai Mara in October last year. He said, These three brothers (cheetahs) have been living together since they left their mother at about 18 months old. On the morning we saw them, they…

Animals

Love of a Sparrow

A female sparrow was hit by a car as she swooped low across the road. Her male mate brought her food and attended her with love and compassion. He brought her food again, but was shocked to find her dead. He tried to move her – a rarely seen effort. Aware that his mate was…

People

Shay, Shay, all the Way

At a fund raising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its Dedicated staff, he offered a question: When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does,…

Politics

I cross border, poor and broke …

I cross border, poor and broke,Take bus, see employment folk.Nice man treat me good in there,Say I need to see welfare. Welfare say, “You come no more,We send cash right to your door.”Welfare checks, they make you wealthy,Medicaid it keep you healthy! By and by, I got plenty money,Thanks to you, American dummy.Write to friends…

Military

The Real Charlie Brown

Look carefully at the B-17 and note how shot up it is – one engine dead, tail, horizontal stabilizer and nose shot up.. It was ready to fall out of the sky. (This is a painting done by an artist from the description of both pilots many years later.) Then realize that there is a…

Military

May God Bless this Airline Captain

He writes: My lead flight attendant came to me and said, “We have an H.R. on this flight.” (H.R. stands for human remains.) “Are they military?” I asked. “Yes,” she said. “Is there an escort?” I asked. “Yes, I already assigned him a seat.” “Would you please tell him to come to the flight deck. You can board him early,”…

People

Irena Sendler – Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Irena Sendler recently died at age 98. Few know her story. During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist.  She had a motive since she knew the Nazi’s plans for the Jews. Irena smuggled infants out of the Ghetto in the bottom of the tool box she carried….

Music

Pete Seeger: Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

On July 26, 1956, the House of Representatives voted 373 to 9 to cite Pete Seeger and seven others (including playwright Arthur Miller) for contempt, as they failed to cooperate with House Committee on Un-American Activities (HCUA) in their attempts to investigate alleged subversives and communists. Pete Seeger testified before the HCUA in 1955. In…

Music

The Whole Star Spangled Banner Lyrics

by Francis Scott Key, 1814 Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave…

People

5th Grade Teacher and Teddy

As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children an untruth. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same. However, that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was…