🇺🇸 Monday – Memorial Day 2018 🇺🇸

🇺🇸 Monday – Memorial Day 2018 🇺🇸

It was a long road from Decoration Day to an official Memorial Day.

Although the term Memorial Day was used beginning in the 1880s, the holiday was officially known as Decoration Day for more than a century, when it was changed by federal law. Four years later, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 finally went into effect, moving Memorial Day from its traditional observance on May 30 (regardless of the day of the week), to a set day—the last Monday in May. The move has not been without controversy, though. Veterans groups, concerned that more Americans associate the holiday with first long weekend of the summer and not its intended purpose to honor the nation’s war dead, continue to lobby for a return to the May 30 observances. For more than 20 years, their cause was championed by Hawaiian Senator—and decorated World War II veteran—Daniel Inouye, who until his 2012 death reintroduced legislation in support of the change at the start of every Congressional term.


One of the earliest commemorations was organized by recently freed slaves.

As the Civil War neared its end, thousands of Union soldiers, held as prisoners of war, were herded into a series of hastily assembled camps in Charleston, South Carolina. Conditions at one camp, a former racetrack near the city’s Citadel, were so bad that more than 250 prisoners died from disease or exposure, and were buried in a mass grave behind the track’s grandstand. Three weeks after the Confederate surrender, an unusual procession entered the former camp: On May 1, 1865, more than 1,000 recently freed slaves, accompanied by regiments of the U.S. Colored Troops (including the Massachusetts 54th Infantry) and a handful of white Charlestonians, gathered in the camp to consecrate a new, proper burial site for the Union dead. The group sang hymns, gave readings and distributed flowers around the cemetery, which they dedicated to the “Martyrs of the Race Course.”

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We’re all aware that Memorial Day is a day of remembrance, but Congress has also established an exact minute of remembrance. The National Moment of Remembrance Act, which was adopted in December of 2000, encourages every citizen to pause each Memorial Day at 3:00 p.m. local time to remember the brave men and women who died serving this country. In addition to any federal observances, Major League Baseball games usually come to a stop during the Moment of Remembrance, and for the past several years, Amtrak engineers have taken up the practice of sounding their horns in unison at precisely 3:00 p.m.

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“Taps,” the bugle call typically performed at military funerals as well as the annual Memorial Day wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, was actually adapted from a separate Civil War bugle call known as “Scott Tattoo,” which was used to signal lights out. The new melody later became the preferred accompaniment at military funerals after Captain John Tidball of the Union Army alert nearby Confederate troops to their location.

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I found some stories about those who served. I thought you might like as much as I did.

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First is an oldie but still a goodie.

 Memorial Day: A Time for Heroes 

In this Guideposts classic story, a teenager learns the importance of Memorial Day.

I leaned against an oak at the side of the road, wishing I were invisible, keeping my distance from my parents on their lawn chairs and my younger siblings scampering about.

I hoped none of my friends saw me there. God forbid they caught me waving one of the small American flags Mom bought at Ben Franklin for a dime. At 16, I was too old and definitely too cool for our small town’s Memorial Day parade.

I ought to be at the lake, I brooded. But, no, the all-day festivities were mandatory in my family.

A high school band marched by, the girl in sequins missing her baton as it tumbled from the sky. Firemen blasted sirens in their polished red trucks. The uniforms on the troop of World War II veterans looked too snug on more than one member.

“Here comes Mema,” my father shouted.

Five black convertibles lumbered down the boulevard. The mayor was in the first, handing out programs. I didn’t need to look at one. I knew my uncle Bud’s name was printed on it, as it had been every year since he was killed in Italy. Our family’s war hero.

And I knew that perched on the backseat of one of the cars, waving and smiling, was Mema, my grandmother. She had a corsage on her lapel and a sign in gold embossed letters on the car door: “Gold Star Mother.”

I hid behind the tree so I wouldn’t have to meet her gaze. It wasn’t because I didn’t love her or appreciate her. She’d taught me how to sew, to call a strike in baseball. She made great cinnamon rolls, which we always ate after the parade.

What embarrassed me was all the attention she got for a son who had died 20 years Image result for memorial day quote imagesearlier. With four other children and a dozen grandchildren, why linger over this one long-ago loss?

I peeked out from behind the oak just in time to see Mema wave and blow my family a kiss as the motorcade moved on. The purple ribbon on her hat fluttered in the breeze.

The rest of our Memorial Day ritual was equally scripted. No use trying to get out of it. I followed my family back to Mema’s house, where there was the usual baseball game in the backyard and the same old reminiscing about Uncle Bud in the kitchen.

Helping myself to a cinnamon roll, I retreated to the living room and plopped down on an armchair.

There I found myself staring at the Army photo of Bud on the bookcase. The uncle I’d never known. I must have looked at him a thousand times—so proud in his crested cap and knotted tie. His uniform was decorated with military emblems that I could never decode.

More: https://www.guideposts.org/friends-and-family/family/military-families/memorial-day-a-time-for-heroes

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Over a slice of  Nancy Young’s apple pie, I learn about love and war

A candy striper’s Lily of the Valley-scented letters represented a sliver of saneness for Marine Bill Young, who, at the time, was a machine gunner in Vietnam.

“When the mail came in, it was a big deal; it was your only connection with the real world,” Bill recalls, nearly 49 years later. “You’d get these letters, and they’d have a perfume smell.”

Newburgh, Indiana, native Nancy Market was the sweet-scented sender. She didn’t know Bill at first, only that he was the weapons platoon leader of a friend of hers “in country.”

“I’m a senior, almost a student nurse, 18 years old, black hair, brown eyes, and 5’ 4 ½” tall,” she wrote in letter one. “P.S.: “Write when you have time—”

Bill stayed busy in battle: search and destroy, snipers, ambushes, air strikes, VC that “melt away” in the mist, the retrieval of body parts of men he knew. But he found time to write during spurts of calm that were flanked by the flashpoints of war.

“I waited for his letters! I was very excited,” recalls Nancy. “I might go a week without getting a letter, and you just didn’t know. He might’ve been killed. I read where the average life span of a Marine Corps machine gunner was two weeks.”

Nancy’s letters to Bill arrived by chopper. The anxious glance for an Evansville postmark. The onion skin envelopes crinkling with freshness in the jungle heat, delivering sweet daydream relief within otherwise nightmare. He’d read her words: “I went down to the river Tuesday night and watched the annual fireworks. Beautiful is all I can say to describe the color, the breathtaking pride I felt thinking of you and the rest of the men who are fighting to make July 4th fireworks possible for us at home.”

More: http://www.americanveteranscenter.org/2016/02/vietnam-war-story/


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For Memorial Day, One Veteran’s Story

On Memorial Day, we honor those who died while serving their country. But how should those who don’t have personal connections to such losses commemorate their sacrifice? The Library of Congress’s long-standing Veterans History Project suggests talking to veterans, and paying tribute to the legacy of service and sacrifice by listening to their stories.

The Veterans History Project, created by Congress in 2000, currently holds 97,620 collections of veterans’ stories—audio interviews, pictures and documents—ranging from World War I to the more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nearly 57,000 of the accounts are from those who served in World War II, as Congress mandated that older veterans’ stories be gathered first. One of those stories belongs to my grandfather, Eric L. Strauss, who passed away in March 2011.Related image

My grandfather was never forthright with his story—being Jewish in Nazi Germany, escaping to America and fighting a brutal war against his home country. A strong, silent type, he chose to shield his children and grandchildren from the horrors of his experiences and bear the painful memories alone. But when approached by the Veterans History Project, he came to understand that history is not merely a recitation of past events. Rather, it is a collection of thousands of individual stories, each with a unique vantage point. By exploring individual stories like his, future generations can better understand the realities of war.

On Memorial Day, those who made the ultimate sacrifice in battle cannot tell their stories. But we can get closer to understanding their experiences by listening to the stories of veterans whose lives were touched by their service.

More: http://www.newsweek.com/memorial-day-one-veterans-story-335381

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Bless you all and may this day be filled with family love and remembrance.

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😠 Facebook Outrage – Rages On 😤


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If cartoons and cartoonists are any indication then the outrage twoards Facebook is far from over. Even the sleazy Stormy Daniels hasn’t calmed the trouble waters.

The cartoons are everywhere:

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How did people think Zuckerberg got to be a gazillionaire?

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Many a truth in a simple little cartoon:

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Then there is the whole bias against Conservatives thing.

F-bomb by Zuckerberg ain’t just an expletive. Although it seems to have caused a lot of them to be used.

Zuckerberg got off relatively easy in the hearings since many of them wouldn’t know one end of a Facebook page from another.

Not a doubt in my mind that the thought expressed in this cartoon is true.

I suspect he does know the meaning of the word when it comes to his own personal privacy.

Always gotta read the fine print.

Funniest part of the whole outrage thing is that it comes from both left and right. First thing they’ve agreed on in a very long time.

Not all that outraged is she?

Now that’s funny!

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There are many more cartoons but I’ll just post one more. I think it covers the topic as well as any.

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Y’all have a great day.


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✝️ He Is Risen ‼️

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Happy Easter! May the joy of this day fill your heart.

I thank God that I have lived to see another Easter. For far too many years I took Easter for grated.  I was a part of the Easter Bunny crowd. I say this much to my shame. But God was good and now I celebrate the meaning of the day. And I am filled with joy that I can do that because buried deep within was the faith that I have now. It is still not what it should be, what I want it to be, but it is there. And I am grateful for that.

I hope you and yours find the joy of the day.

John 11:25 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;


  • Luke 23: 46-47 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. 47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.”
  • Mark 16:1-4 1When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” 4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away.
  • Mark 16: 5-6 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. 6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.
  • Luke 24: 5-7 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ”
  • Matthew 28:5-7 5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”


Happy Easter!




🛑 Signs of the Times 🚸

🛑 Signs of the Times 🚸

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I’ve always loved funny church signs. I’ve always been convinced that God has the most wonderful sense of humor and  I like religions that do too.

I’ve also come to love nonsensical signs that make you wonder what the person who ordered the sign, designed the sign and put up the sign was thinking. Because many of them don’t seem to  require or contain any thought.

Example: Okay, can I file that under, “Thank you Captain Obvious?”


Some, I am convinced, are deliberately designed to confuse. Or perhaps not and that’s worse.


Then there is this little gem: No kidding? I thought it had just become invisible.


I just can’t imagine who thought this sign was necessary.


I rather like the sign below. It’s not silly. It’s quite to the point. Go Home!

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Below is a very useful sign. If you are laying there dying in horrible pain you can’t say you weren’t warned. Well, you probably can’t say anything.

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Then there are signs directed at those who are contemplating sending money to a Nigerian Prince.

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Consider that some genius got paid, and probably paid very well to design the sign below. I would call a cab to take me where I wanted to go – even if it was just across the street. But then I’m old and easily confused which I think was the whole point of the sign.

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I like the sign below. It’s a fair question.

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The sign below is confusing and doesn’t make any sense. Or is it just me? Or is Treebeard, the oldest of the Ents from the Return of the King lose among us?

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Can’t say you weren’t warned if you buy those Croissan’wiches.

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Did no one read this sign ⬇️ before putting it up? If not, why not? It appears they let morons put up signs in Ontario just like we do here in the USA.

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Okay – I’m aware the chair is broken. What I am not aware of is why there needs to be a sign to tell me what I can see very well.


Staying off the tracks seems like perfectly reasonable request. However if someone needs to read the sign to find out they are not a train there may be another problem.

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I cannot express how much I love the sign below.  💞

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I tend to disagree with the sign below. I think stupidity is a handicap. You still shouldn’t be allowed to park in handicap parking space though.

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Why does the sign below not surprise me?

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Once again you have to ask yourself if anyone read that sign before putting it up.

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The image below is from Australia – they have a sense of humor. Do they not have a rabid PETA organization to disallow both sign and humor?

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I find the image below as amusing as the local funeral home that is always sending me advertisements and price-lists.

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And I will end with a sign that is a prayer and is very helpful. I know of many times I would have been wise to utter just such a prayer.

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Have a great day and hang onto your sense of humor. You will need it.

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🍀 Happy St. Patrick’s Day 🍀

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James said to his friend Daniel, “I know a girl who married an Irishman on St. Patrick’s Day.”
Daniel said, “Oh really?”
James said, “No, O’Reilly.”

Murphy : “Why do the Irish always answer a question with another question?”.
Smith: “Do we now?”

Conor, the barber, was hearing complaints from his present trimmee about the price of barbers’ services. “I tell you, Conor, these New York barbers gotta stranglehold on the citizens. I was in London just last week, and you charge me half again what they charge there.” “That may be true, Sir,” said the Irishman, “but think of the airfare.”

An English man and an Irish man are driving head on at night, on a twisty, dark road. Both are driving too fast for the conditions and collide on a sharp bend in the road. To the amazement of both, they are unscathed, though their cars are both destroyed. In celebration of their luck, both agree to put aside their dislike for the other from that moment on. At this point, the Irish man goes to the boot and fetches a 12 year old bottle of Jameson whiskey. He hands the bottle to the English man, who toasts, “May the English and the Irish live together forever, in peace, and harmony.” The English man then tips the bottle and lashes half of it down. Still flabbergasted over the whole thing, he goes to hand the bottle to the Irish man, who replies: ”No thanks, I’ll just wait till the Garda get here!”

Michael wakes up in hospital, covered in bandages, and notices Adam sitting at his bedside. “What happened to me?” asks Michael.
“Well,” replies Seamus, “you had a few too many drinks last night, and then you made a bet that you could jump out of the window and fly around the pub.”
“Why didn’t you stop me?” Michael screams.
“Stop you?” replies Adam. “Hell, I bet thirty dollars on you.”

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

🌬We’re Having Weather Again 🌨


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Once upon a time there was a safe topic of conversation. It was called weather. Folks that would not, could not agree about politics or religion all talked about the weather. It simply was. Related image

Some liked snow – others did not. Some loved the gentle fall of rain while others complained there had been too much and it was drowning the crops/flowers. Some liked the hot weather. Others, like me, not so much.

Everyone talked about the weather but nobody did anything about it.

Now it seems that if you don’t believe in Global Warming you are doing something about it. Something bad.


Back in those good old days when we had to walk to school through 10 foot of snow, uphill both ways, the weather simply was. And yes, we did complain about it. A lot. But we didn’t blame the weather on other citizens, even Republicans.

I was a Democrat in those long ago days, so everything else was the fault of Republicans. Except the weather. And now that I am no longer a Democrat even the weather is the fault of the Republicans.Which is only one of the many reasons I am no longer a Democrat. I’m not a Republican either so Global Warming isn’t my fault.

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And in spite of all the hysteria about us knuckle-dragging unbelievers, I’m an Independent but unbelieving Independents are knuckle-draggers too, polar bears seems to be doing just fine. Alas poor Al, that’s an inconvenient truth.

It is increasingly obvious that polar bears are thriving despite having lived through summer sea ice levels not predicted to occur until 2050 – levels of sea ice that experts said would wipe out 2/3 of the world’s polar bears.

We had snow again last night. A lot of snow. There was a big winter storm that stretched from God knows where to we’re all going to die. It even had a name now that some idiot decided winter storms need a name. I don’t know what this one was named. I don’t care what this one was named. It’s a damn snow storm and it left about 6 inches of snow  where we had just finished removing snow. It filled in all the nice edges of the sidewalks and driveway which were nice and clean.  I have a name for it – #@c%(*y$@!!

However, it was a snowstorm not Armageddon. Weather folks seem to find increasing delight in turning every bit of weather into Armageddon. Too hot, too cold, too much rain, too little rain, snow, no snow whatever the condition they have an Armageddon scenario for it. I just want the damn weather report not the posturing of some catastrophist.

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I like snow. I like it about two days before Christmas until New Years Day. Then I just want it to go away. Snow that stays very long gets gray and dirty and ugly. And once the Christmas Card look is no longer wanted – it is no longer wanted. At least by me. It is a perfidious malingerer that wants to be coddled and shoveled. And snowblowed by over-grown boys who think it’s fun to blow snow with their big noisy boy-toys. Related image

To be fair the man/boy I live with has a new cordless electric snowblower because we don’t like noisy and we don’t like keep gas cans in our garage. Man/boy pouted through the early part of winter because he had this lovely new machine and no snow. What little there was came light and fluffy and I usually swept it off the sidewalks. The driveway was none the worse for 1/2 an inch of the stuff.

Now the snow has come in increments. Snow – snowblow and shovel. Wait a few days – rinse, lather and repeat. After a few repetitions the man/boys loose their enthusiasm.

We actually are quite lucky. Although there appears to be about 6-7 inches of new snow that is nothing compared to what was dumped elsewhere.

Winter Storm Mateo

Chicago’s two biggest airports, O’Hare and Midway, had hundreds of flight cancellations on Friday – some of which were canceled on Thursday before the storm arrived – because of Mateo, FlightAware reported. More than 200 flights were also canceled Friday morning at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Public schools in Chicago and Detroit were closed Friday because of the winter Related imagestorm, city officials announced. Numerous school districts in Nebraska and Iowa also canceled or delayed schools Friday because of the snow and frigid temperatures, according to the Associated Press.

“Periods of heavy snow will arrive into Friday across the southern Great Lakes,” said weather.com meteorologist Jonathan Belles. “Friday morning’s commute could prove difficult in Chicago and Milwaukee, if not impossible for some spots. Visibility will be reduced due to falling snow from Chicago to Detroit on Friday.”

The winter storm also caused issues in Montana. After more than a foot of snow fell in Havre, city officials warned residents in a Facebook post that roads were “extremely hazardous,” and there were many accidents and stranded vehicles that blocked roadways on Thursday.

Image result for funny snow images I am not one of those who feels better about my particular condition because someone else is worse off. So knowing that some people got a foot of snow makes me feel no better. It may make me feel like a wuss for complaining but not for long.

And I’m sorry but I just don’t care that  the Eiffel Tower Remains Closed as Snow, Freezing Rain Hits Paris.

If you look at the weather map below you will see the blue zone, signifying heavy snow, just barely touches Wisconsin – that’s where I live.


Our household, made up of one old bat and one old crock did what we’ve always done when a storm is predicted. We went to the store, got bread, milk, bird seed and ice melt so that we wouldn’t need to go out today when the roads are bad. Since we’re both retired we can sit inside and watch those that have to go out and sympathize with them.

We can watch the fools that don’t have to go out but went out anyway and shake our heads at their foolishness. Just as we’ve always done because fools are not a new phenomenon. Garden Gnome, Winter, Snow, Dwarf, White, Cold, Hidden

I waded through the snow to feed the birds and squirrels. Since I am getting shorter, shrinking at an alarming pace, the parts of me that get wet and cold go further up my tailpipe every year. By next year I expect to be the size of a garden gnome and will not dare venture out if there is more than an inch of snow.

Wherever you are, snow or no snow, warm or cold, be well. I hope your day is filled with whatever you like best. As for me, I’m sitting here where it is warm knowing I don’t have to go outside again today. I don’t have to use the snowblower. All is well. And it’s still snowing.

This is, as always, an