Where Hence Democracy?

I'm afraid that our Democracy
has decayed into Gerontocracy
Content with mediocrity
and a helping of hypocrisy

Is the best that we can be
in what was the called the land of the free
There has never been a guarantee
So what you get is what you see

A house divided can not stand
As the dinosaurs continue to roam the land
Why do they fail to understand
Their time has past and now out of hand?

National Archives Next Generation Search

Introducing the Next Generation National Archives Catalog
The National Archives Catalog is getting an upgrade! We are excited to announce a sneak preview of our fully redesigned and modernized online public access Catalog. This new and improved Catalog maximizes our ability to make the records of the National Archives even more accessible. 

I have been searching for USS Midway (CV-41) deck logs for the past five years. When I can go to Archives II in College Park, I can usually get physical copies of specific deck logs if the Archives has them. (All deck logs are supposed to be turned over to the Archives after 30 years. The Midway was decommissioned in 1992, so all of them should be available, but the Navy has still retained the last several years of the Midway’s deck logs.) However sometime in 2000:

U.S. Navy deck logs related to the Vietnam Era will be closed for research due to a digitization agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The following records at A2 will close on December 20th:

RG 24, Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships and Stations, 1976-78

RG 24, Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships and Stations, 1956-75 remain closed as of the date of the issuance of this notice.” From the homepage of the https://www.archives.gov/college-park.”

From Archives II webpage.https://www.archives.gov/college-park

Before COVID, these deck logs were supposed to have been digitized by 2021. Now, no date appears on the text I just copied and pasted from the webpage.

Troy Prince, https://www.midwaysailor.com/, researcher extraordinaire, has found some deck logs that most of us can never quite locate. I do not pretend to be in Troy’s level of being able to search the Archives catalog.

When the Archives sent out an announcement about the new improved catalog, I tried USS Midway (CV-41) Deck Logs. This is what I retrieved.

You can see my search terms and you can see that the single search result did not have anything to do with the Midway.

Other searches reveal some Midway deck logs as well as deck logs for other carriers, things on the Battle of Midway, and USS Midway related documents that are not deck logs. If there is an improvement, it is too subtle for me to see.

Church Ladies with Typewriters

From a forwarded email.

They’re Back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins! Thank God for church ladies with typewriters. These sentences (with all the BLOOPERS) actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services:

The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.
The sermon this morning: ‘Jesus Walks on the Water.’ The sermon tonight: ‘Searching for Jesus.’
Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say ‘Hell’ to someone who doesn’t care much about you.
Don’t let worry kill you off – let the Church help.
Miss Charlene Mason sang ‘I will not pass this way again,’ giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
LARRY!!! Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow..
At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be ‘What Is Hell?’ Come early and listen to our choir practice.
Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered..
The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.
Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM – prayer and medication to follow..
The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 AM . All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B. S. Is done.
The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM .. Please use the back door.
The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM . The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.
The Associate Minister unveiled the church’s new campaign slogan last Sunday: ‘I Upped My Pledge – Up Yours.

Technology, Traffic and the DMV

A few days ago, I had an appointment at the DMV to pick something up. They recommended getting there 15 minutes early but would not allow you to check in using a QR code until 10 minutes before your appointment.

When I tried to check in about 13 minutes early, I got an automated message: Too early to check in.

I thought about going inside and getting in line, but figured it would take less time to wait outside and just use the QR code at the 10 minute point. While I was standing outside the door, two gentlemen went inside to stand in line.

At the 10 minute point, I successfully used the QR code and was assigned my ticket number so I would know when and where it was my turn to go up to the window to talk to the clerk. The only problem was the number kept disappearing off my phone so I could only hope that I recognized the number when it flashed up on the overhead sign.

Within two minutes, my ticket number flashed overhead on the sign. I approached the window, explaining that my number had disappeared off my phone and I hoped this was the correct window. The clerk was not bothered by this and proceeded to conduct the business at hand.

As I left, less than 5 minutes after I had gotten checked in. The two men who has passed me while I was waiting for the QR code to work, were still in line to be checked in and assigned a ticket where they would then wait for that ticket to be displayed on the big overhead sign.

California has a similar appointment system and I noticed that we were in and out of the much busier Chula Vista California DMV while the people who did not have an appointment were still waiting in line to get in when we left with new California drivers’ licenses.

After leaving the DMV, I went to a Starbucks across the street. I had my left turn signal on waiting for oncoming traffic to finish so I could make the turn safely. The impatient person behind me decided to pass me on the left (since the street was fairly wide and without a painted lane divider.) She honked as she flashed past me so I would not hit her when I was finally able to make a left. Needless to say, my thoughts about her were not kind. I guess since she was continuing straight, the oncoming traffic was no concern for her.

The Wisdom of Rumi

Rumi is a fascinating poet. Enjoy Luisa’s intro to the man.

words and music and stories

Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī (30 September 1207 – 1273), was a Persian mystic, philosopher and poet, founder of the Mevlevi order of Sufism.

Rumi was known as the “drunken Sufi” because he found ecstasy in dancing, poetry and music.
One day Rumi was walking along a street in Konya, Turkey (then part of the Persian empire) when he heard the rhythmic beating of a goldsmith’s hammer. That melodic sound spurred him to stretch his arms and start whirling in a joyful dance. When he was overcome by dizziness, he fell into a trance of ecstasy: thus began the whirling dervish meditation.

According to the BBC: “It is believed that Rumi would turn round and round while reciting his poetry, and it is this dance which formed the basis for the Mevlevi Order, or Whirling Dervishes, after his death. Dervish means doorway, and the dance is believed to be a…

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Donkeys Are Chow Hounds

The same day that we found out the goats were gone, we also fed the donkeys.

Bob gave his best hee-haw and Holly appeared around the side of the shed. She stared at him quizzically, “Is this really worth my time and effort?”

Buddy had no second thoughts as he trotted toward the fence, braying in a rather asthmatic way. He wanted to ensure he got his fair share of the sweet potato medallions and baby carrots before Emmett and Holly arrived at the fence to push him aside.

Buddy was correct. As soon as the other two got to the fence, he was nudged to one side. Fortunately for him there were two of us feeding the donkeys out of two different plastic dishes.

Within a few seconds, both dishes were empty. Buddy blew donkey slobber mist onto my hand in his eagerness to get the last few bites. That boy could really use a class in how to eat properly and not like a jack ass.

While Bob was in the store finding out about the goats and purchasing chocolate chip cookies for their dessert, Buddy lead the trio in verbally complaining about the wait.

What gives? We’re still hungry?

You know the drill, you’ll get fed as soon as he comes out of the store.

And your point?

See there he is.

They shut up as soon as they recognized him walking towards the fence.

Buddy was so eager to eat the cookie that I put near his mouth, that he knocked some of it to the grass. I picked it up and fed him the rest of it, although, neither he or Holly are too good to eat food off the ground.

Spoiled Emmett is still too good to eat dropped food, although at one year old, he has lost the charm and cuteness he had as a young colt. He’ll learn when Holly has her next foal sometime next year. She is getting quite round through the midsection.

Good bye, Goats

We haven’t seen the goats since May because Buddy kept bullying them with harmful intentions.

Yesterday, Bob heard from the lady who works in the store that David, the owner had sold them to another person who would treat them well.

I took one final picture of the animal sign to see if the goats were still included–they were.

Probably the last picture of the goats we will ever see

Some candids of our caprine friends…

September 28 is National Drink Beer Day

I have never been a fan of beer and I am the only member of my family who feels that way. When it comes to beer, I do not hop to it, probably because of the taste of hops.

Although the URL say 2019, this is a list of all of the Beer Related Holidays in 2022. (As if football season were not reason enough to drink beer…)

Here are the excuses (er days) to celebrate drinking beer for the rest of the year:

September 28: Drink Beer Day

Drink Beer Day? Isn’t that everyday?

October 3: Last Day of Oktoberfest

The last day of Oktoberfest is always a sad one. End on a high note by drinking your favourite German beers and singing songs with your best pals.

October 9: Beer and Pizza Day

This day is perfect for anyone who commonly wonders “what should I have for dinner tonight?

October 14: Homebrewing Legalization Day

October 14 is the anniversary of the day that homebrewing was legalized in the United States, thanks to President Jimmy Carter, in 1978.

October 27: National American Beer Day

Today’s the day to whip out all your favourite American beers. The second best American holiday besides the 4th of July, of course…oh, and also second best to the other “National Beer Day” in the U.S. that falls on April 7th.

October 31: Halloween

We know that Halloween doesn’t really have anything to do with beer… but let’s drink it anyways! The kids get their candy and the adults get their beer. Here are some of our favourite beers to drink on Halloween night.

November 3: International Stout Day

Finally a day for all you stout lovers! Not sure about stouts or don’t know anything about the beer style? That’s okay! Click here to learn more about stouts.

November 5: Learn How To Home-brew Day

The first Saturday of November is Learn to Homebrew Day. If you’ve been thinking of getting into home-brewing, today is your day!

December 1: First Day of Your Beer Advent Calendar

If you’ve ordered a beer advent calendar, this is usually the day you get to open up your first beer and begin your 24 days of drinking! (Some calendars are only 12 days, so you would start on December 12th!)

December 5: National Repeal Day

Did you know that there was a 13-year-long nation-wide Prohibition that criminalized the consumption of alcohol in the United States? On December 5th, the Prohibition (a.k.a. the “Great Experiment”) was lifted and Americans were free to consume alcohol again.

December 10: National Lager Day

Lagers are some of the most popular beer styles in the world. Celebrate today by cracking open your favourite lager beers and reading this post to learn a little bit more about lagers.

December 31: New Years Eve

Cheers to the New Year! New Year’s is usually associated with Champagne, however, beer is so much better. Don’t believe us? Check out these beers to pop instead of Champagne on NYE!

Dogwood Crown of Thorns

According to legend: Each bloom on a dogwood tree has four petals, symbolizing a cross (as the legend tells it). At the end of each petal, there is a small indention to remind us of the nails that pierced Jesus’ hands and feet. The center of each flower on the tree has a nubby look to it, reminding us of the crown of thorns placed on Christ’s head at the time of His crucifixion. And many times on the dogwood flower, there are colors of red dotted on the bloom when you look closely, reminding us of the blood Jesus poured out for us.

These ‘thorns’ are actually dogwood seeds, which is one of the reasons that dogwoods are grow so easily in the forest.

Brilliant red berries
More signs of autumn's approach
Summer receding 

This year the berries have turned red before the leaves.

Janine’s Mission 80: WWII Purple Heart Turns 96

We start with a somber note. Some of you may remember Robert Mintz from a few missions back. In fact, he is in the middle photo above. We did a birthday mission and a get well mission. He passed away on Sunday 9/18. He was 91.  Here is his obituary.   A WWII Purple Heart Recipient who lives in Cuba City, WI will be celebrating his 96th Birthday in October. Scroll down for all the details. 
— When missions are completed, the families usually send over pics of their veterans (with big smiles 😁) showing the cards they received. I post those pics at the bottom of this email, and on my facebook, instagram, and twitter– so make sure you’re following along on your favorite platform! You can see a number photos from many other past missions here. For those wishing to share a veteran’s birthday:please try to give me at least 2 month’s notice via email. 
Last but not least, if you are new here, thank you for joining! I hope you find this to be a fulfilling and meaningful way to do what you can, with what you’ve got, from where you are! 🤗 …and now here’s Mission 80:
david hoffman
Mission 80: Send by 10/12

WWII Purple Heart Recipient is Turning 96!

A note from Bill’s son: 

William (Bill) Frederick was born 10/17/1926. He served in the Army from 10/25/44 to 8/9/46. Left the service as a corporal in the 3rd Division Recon. He was wounded in Riedlingen, Germany on April 25, 1945, and received a purple heart…This article provides interesting insight into his service.

Bill’s hometown is Dubuque, IA, and he resides there today. He also lived in Cassville, WI from 1959 to 1990, making a living at the Nelson Dewey Generating Station (NDGS) Power Plant. He started at NDGS in the coal yard, and retired as the plant manager. He was never able to attend college, but he was always taking courses and reading books on power generation, business, physics, mathematics, etc.

He was married 67 years to Arlette (Meyer) Frederick until her death on 12/6/2017. Bill & Arlette raised 5 kids: Steve (Karen), Barb (John Schwarz), Jeff (deceased), Jim, Mark (Kari). Bill has 10 grandchildren & 13 greats.

Bill is not a “sports nut”, but he does enjoy the Green Bay Packers, playing Euchre and Bridge, reading when he could see well, 40’s and 50’s big band music, dancing, hunting, golfing, fishing, and pretty much anything outside. His health no longer allows most of those activities, but he still enjoys a good visit, and a good letter. He is living independently, and while still fighting various maladies, remains fully faithful to our Lord, and enjoys life.

His Birthday is on the 17th but they are presenting cards to him on the 15th. Please send your cards by: 10/12 or sooner.

Mark Frederick
c/o Bill Frederick
515 W Jean St
Cuba City, WI 53807

A bit more info from Mark: My dad, Bill was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia in August 2019 and at age 92 was given weeks-to-months to live. He has had a number of blood transfusions, has beaten all the odds so far,  I had never heard Dad’s stories from WWII…he never felt the urge to share them. I felt his experience, and all vet’s experiences, should be shared, so we can learn from the hell of war, and try not to repeat.

Here is a follow up article to the first article that was written about Bill in the Telegraph Herald. 

Funny One-liners and Quotes

Kaushal Kishore

Last Sunday, I shared some pearls of wisdom, but there are some good one-liners and quotes available on the internet. I have collected 20 from various sources. A lot of such sayings have been attributed to Dilbert or Scott Adams, but irrespective of who had penned these funny quotes, let’s get entertained this Sunday too.

1. I say no to alcohol, but it doesn’t listen.

2. A friend in need is a pest indeed.

3. Marriage is one of the main causes of divorce.

4. Work is fine, if it doesn’t take too much of your time.

5. When everything comes in your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

6. The light at the end of the tunnel may be an incoming train.

7. In order to get a loan, you first need to prove that you don’t need it.

8. Everyone has a photographic memory, some just don’t…

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September 25 is National Binge Day

Will you food binge or movie/television binge?

If you food binge, you can also celebrate these days

  • German Butterbrot Day (the well-loved German meal staple of buttered bread.
  • National Quesadilla Day (tortilla that is basically filled with cheese, and sometimes cooked sausage, pork, or beef, with toppings like fresh tomatoes, herbs, sour cream, guacamole, herbs, or chilies, and then cooked on a heated cooking surface. Traditionally, a corn tortilla is used in preparing quesadilla, but it can also be made with a flour tortilla.)
  • National Roadkill Day (find out what the critter du jour will be)
  • National Lobster Day
  • National Cooking Day (you decide what to have)

If you movie or video binge, these might be topics if you don’t already have something in mind:

  • National Daughters Day
  • Bathukamma Day (Bathukamma is a day that honors the gods for the blessings they have bestowed upon us.
  • Death of the Prophet (Muhammed–which just happens to be the most popular male name)
  • Gold Star Mother’s and Family Day (you don’t want to get this award but remember those families who have gotten a gold star)
  • National Comic Book Day
  • National John Day (so watch something starring an actor named John)
  • One-Hit Wonder (so watch a music video of One Hit Wonders) (Top 100 Most Popular One Hit Wonders of All Time

Twilight Time

Twilight is light produced by sunlight scattering in the upper atmosphere, when the Sun is below the horizon, which illuminates the lower atmosphere and the Earth’s surface. The word twilight can also refer to the periods of time when this illumination occurs.

Waning moon's setting
Ascendant sun's burning glow
Twilight, Outer Banks

Morning Has Broken by Cat Stevens

Banned Books–Not at the Brooklyn Public Library!

There is a public library that has developed a work around for people that ban books that teenagers want to read. It is free and the materials are virtual. The Brooklyn Public Library has received a grant that allows teenagers to get a free e-library card, whether they live in New York or not.

To access these things, go to the URL https://www.bklynlibrary.org/books-unbanned

Services include:

  • Online support group
  • List where teenagers recommend books for other teens (BookMatch Teen)
  • Place to ID books being banned at any public library
  • Brooklyn Public Library e-card
  • List of ebooks and audio books that are always available.