May 24 is Aviation Maintenance Technician Day

Aviation Maintenance Technician Day on May 24 we take the time to honor all of our Aviation Maintenance techs because without them we’d never make it where we wanted to go. We often thank pilots and flight attendants while we make our way to and from far distances, but we never get to thank the important people on the ground who ensure our safety. Every time you step on a plane, every time you buy a ticket, every time you arrive safely, you have an aviation technician to thank. They are the unsung heroes of travelers and some of the hardest workers in the travel industry. While we have high respect for anybody who makes an honest living, Aviation Maintenance Techs are not your average maintenance person, they are mechanical experts dedicated to your safety. So today we offer a special thank you for continuing to break the barriers of human limitations and set course to the skies!

Janine’s Mission 93: 4 MORE BIG Birthdays

I remember when we used to have only one birthday celebration every 4-6 weeks, but now it seems we have multiple birthdays to celebrate every month.

After missions are complete, families usually send us photos of their veterans with big smiles, proudly showing the cards they received. Scroll all the way down on this email to see some recent pics. I also post them on my facebook, instagram, and twitter page – so make sure you’re following along on your favorite platform!  There are a number of photos from past missions here as well. 

To share a veteran’s birthday, kindly send an email with at least 6-8 weeks notice to be included in the mailing list. If there’s less notice, I will try my best to post it on Facebook. –From Janine’s email.

Reblog 10 Phrases that Originated in the Middle Ages.


1. “You are the apple of my eye”

In early medieval England, the pupil of the eye was known as the apple (Old English æppel) since it was thought to be an apple-shaped solid. Since the delicate pupil of the eye is essential for vision, it is a part that is cherished and to be protected. Thus apple of the eye was used as a figure for a much-loved person or thing. Even King Alfred the Great used this phrase.

2. “Baker’s Dozen”

This phrase arose from a piece of medieval legislation, the Assize of Bread and Ale of 1262. Bakers of the period had a reputation for selling underweight loaves, so legislation was put in place to make standardized weights. To make sure that they did not sell underweight bread, bakers started to give an extra piece of bread away with every loaf, and a thirteenth loaf with every dozen.

May is Military Appreciation Month

Dates are courtesy of GP at Pacific Paratrooper

May is Military Appreciation Month, for this coming week….

May 8, 2019 – VE (Victory in Europe) Day

(Celebrated May 7 in commonwealth countries)

A day which marks the anniversary of the Allies’ victory in Europe during World War II

on May 8, 1945. Learn more…

May 10, 2019 – Military Spouse Appreciation Day

A day set aside to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of the spouses of

the U.S. Armed Forces. Learn more…

​LINK – Practical insights in caring for a military home front family

May 12, 2018 – Mother’s Day

LINK – Organizations that support deployed military personnel on Mother’s Day

LINK – Coloring page for military children

May 13, 2019 – Children of Fallen Patriots Day

A day to honor the families our Fallen Heroes have left behind – especially their children. It’s a reminder to the community that we have an obligation to support the families of our Fallen Patriots.

When Insults Had Class

From a forwarded email. Some of these are repeats and I found that some of them are new.

These insults are from an era before the English language got boiled
down to 4-letter words:

“I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because
someone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the
top.”” – English Professor, Ohio University

“He had delusions of adequacy.” – Walter Kerr

“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” – Winston Churchill

“I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great
pleasure.” – Clarence Darrow

“He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the
dictionary.” – William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).

“Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I’ll waste no time reading it.” – Moses Hadas

“I didn’t attend the funeral , but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.” – Mark Twain

“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.” – Oscar Wilde

“I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a
friend… If you have one.” – George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

“Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second… If there is one.” – Winston Churchill, in response..

“I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.” – Stephen Bishop

“He is a self-made man and worships his creator.” – John Bright

“I’ve just learned about his illness.  Let’s hope it’s nothing trivial .” – Irvin S. Cobb

“He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others.” – Samuel Johnson

“He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up.” – Paul Keating

“In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily.” – Charles, Count Talleyrand

“He loves nature in spite of what it did to him.” – Forrest Tucker

“Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?” – Mark Twain

“His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.”
– Mae West

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.” – Oscar Wilde

“He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts… For support rather than illumination.”
Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

“I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it.” – Groucho Marx

“There’s nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won’t cure.” – Jack E. Leonard

“He has the attention span of a lightning bolt.” – Robert Redford

“They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of
human knowledge.” – Thomas Brackett Reed

“He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.” – Billy Wilder

“He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.”
– Abraham Lincoln

“Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?” – Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)

“A modest little person, with much to be modest about.” – Winston Churchill

A member of Parliament to Disraeli:  “Sir, you will either die on the
gallows or of some unspeakable disease.”
“That depends, Sir,” said Disraeli, “whether I embrace your policies
or your mistress.”

“If you have nothing good to say about anyone, come sit next to me.” – Alice Roosevelt Longworth (daughter of Teddy Roosevelt)

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Day

You bring the peanut butter
I'll bring the jelly
What kind would you like
would you please tell me?

Peach is delicious
strawberry too
Or would grape jelly
taste better to you?

White bread, rye,
whole grain or wheat
What type of bread
would enhance the treat?

Back in the day
white bread was the one
grape jelly and peanut butter
It was that choice or none.

Reblog: A Powerful Visualization

Crystal Byers is dealing with cancer and is using a variety of techniques to beat this awful illness. This is her most recent blog post on the topic.

From her blog

It was 1:30 in the morning. With eyes wide open, I had a dreadful sense of foreboding stuck in my chest, right in my heart.

I searched YouTube for binaural beats and found one called “Get Rid of All Bad Energy, Tibetan Healing Sounds, Reduce Stress and Anxiety, Meditation.” I clicked the link.

To read more click on

You might also want to read the preceding blog.

Reblog: Mission 89: Two 100th Birthdays

From Janine Strange, National Anthem Girl
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Mission 89 part 1: Earle’s 100th A note from his friend:  Earle Kask was born in Chicago, City, MN in 1923. He signed up with the USN at the Minneapolis Courthouse in 1941 but wasn’t called-up until 1942. He served from 1942-1948, first as a Seaman and then after completing pilot training, serving as a Pilot, he was promoted to Ensign. At the end of and after WWII, he flew the PBY amphibious airplane on Search and Rescue and logistical missions and was stationed and flew throughout the Pacific including Hawaii, the Philippines, Saipan and Enewetak Atoll. After the war, he made his home in the St Paul. MN area where he raised his family and was married to the late Freya for 66 years. There was a glut of pilots after the war, so he became a meat cutter at Swift Meats until they closed their local plant in 1969 and then he went to work at Harmon Glass as a glass installer, until he retired. Until age 90, Earle enjoyed fishing, particularly ice fishing, and deer hunting. He was a world class-agate hunter and continued to do that well into his 90s.
Mailing Address: Pam Benson
Attn: Earle Kask
1453 Hwy N
Roberts, WI 54023 Birthday: 4/5 Send in time to arrive in WI by 4/3 : Earle’s 100th birthday is April 5, 2023. His family will present all the cards to him on that day. Feel free to send early!

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Mission 89 part 2:

Elwood’s 100th

A note from his niece:  Elwood Umbenhauer’s hometown is Pottsville, PA. His time in the service started in St. Mere Eglise, France; he was in an ordinance attached to the 8th Air Force, 406th fighter bomber group, 512 squadron. They then moved to Belgium and various parts of Germany, moving often to avoid detection. One remarkable mission was when he helped make an airstrip at Normandy 2 weeks after D-Day. He finished as a corporal. Left photo is from when he was serving, he is sitting on bombs that they would fuse and load on planes! 

Mailing Address:

Emma Bertsch
Attn: Elwood Umbenhauer
9 Eastwood Lane
Pottsville, PA 17901

Birthday: 4/15

Send in time to arrive in PA by 4/13 : Elwood’s 100th birthday is April 15, 2023. His family will present all the cards to him on that day. Feel free to send early! 

Reblog: Michaelina Wautier, Art Video

Francisco Cabrera has consistently highlighted female artists. This is another in his marvelous ongoing series on Women Artists.

Feminism does not mean standing in front of an audience to accuse men or belittle masculinity. It is the process of enhancing the work of women and the work done by women. That is what equality is. It is not imposing one gender upon another one but it is claiming and demanding al equal playing field. If you have a means to reach out, no matter what it is, you can help by promoting, by informing about women artists.


(De/by Michaelina Wautier –, Public Domain,