From our family to yours, we wish you a very merry holiday season and a happy New Year.
Here in our house we begin our celebration on December 24th. We have a simple family dinner and open presents. We honor the rebirth of the God in the form of Holly King. And then we fade off to dreams while Santa comes to visit, we hope to leave us a few more presents.
The 25th is our day for fixing a big family meal. For us that’s honey baked ham, scalloped potatoes, corn on the cob, fried okra, country green beans, brown sugar BBQ beans, geenbean/mushroom caserole and homemade baked dinner rolls. Garrett is a fantastic baker! Oh and of course dessert, chocolate silk pie and strawberry cheesecake.
What ever you do during this time of year, we hope it’s a happy and joyous time. And that you find yourself in a healthy and prosperous New Year.
I whisper it. I shout it. Near or far, They are the words that start my day. They are the words that end my day. . I remember the first time,
When some smarter and wiser part of my mind
First uttered them.
I meant them without even knowing in that moment. .
I say them often,
But do not imagine that they have faded.
They never mean less than
On that first time,
Nor in all the thousands since.
Happy Independence Day to all Americans everywhere!
Happy Independence Day to all Americans everywhere!
Especially to our service men and women serving here and abroad!
To all those who support our military, in the past and in the present!
To all those who fight for our freedoms and our rights, in everyday life.
Thank you all for your service and all you do to keep our country great!
While you celebrate this weekend, remember all those who came before us and sacrificed so much. The men and women of our armed forces of course! But don’t forget those who put all they had on the line for you. The founding fathers, the families and the patriots who stand tall, who fight with their voice or their pen. It takes more than brute force to make freedom remain free. It takes a nation of people from sea to sea.
So make sure you exercise your freedoms each day. Not only on the 4th, but each time of the year when your voice can be heard. Many have died for your right to sing out. So show your respect, not in hollow words of thanks or waves of recognition. But where it counts most, in the town hall meetings, the city square and the voting booth. But do it with dignity, civility and respect. For those who came before you didn’t die to promote hate. They gave of themselves, their family and fate, so all could be free in the land of the brave!
Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May and traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards and other gifts.
In the years before the Civil War (1861-65), Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virginia helped start “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to teach local women how to properly care for their children. These clubs later became a unifying force in a region of the country still divided over the Civil War. In 1868 Jarvis organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day,” at which mothers gathered with former Union and Confederate soldiers to promote reconciliation.
Another precursor to Mother’s Day came from the abolitionist and suffragette Julia Ward Howe. In 1870 Howe wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” a call to action that asked mothers to unite in promoting world peace. In 1873 Howe campaigned for a “Mother’s Peace Day” to be celebrated every June 2. Continue reading →
Today Is Monday, It’s Always Monday, From Part II to V
The hard drive in my laptop is dying. So I turned it on at 6:30. It booted probably moments after I left to take the kid to school at 8:00. But… I figured no problem, I have finished the upgrade on my other machine, I’ll just get my mail there. The upgrade installed Gnome 3.8, from the 2.x versions. It comes up with an essentially blank screen. S l o w l y comes up.
It’s not blank, it has what looks like a curtain. I actually waited figuring the curtain might open theatrically and show me a desktop. It didn’t. Except for the clock there are exactly two things you can click on, one is something called “Activities” and the other is my user name. I clicked on “Activities” and fully 10 seconds tick by before it shows me a line of about a half dozen BIG ass icons. Exactly two of these are identifiable, Firefox and the file-cabinet icon of Nautilus. I never use Nautilus, if I want to play around with files, I use a terminal. I have discovered that, with the right tools (Windows doesn’t have them…), it is easier and more efficient to work with files by using all ten fingers than it is to use one finger and a wrist. Continue reading →
On Dec. 30th 2013, the The Ænigma Project broadcast a show about Ghost Pictures. Good show. But we got a little silly in the chat room talking about pictures with orbs. Most people think they’re ghosts, when really they’re nothing but dust reflecting light. This was my response to reflecting orbs.