Janine’s Mission 56

Happy 100th Birthday, Pat! I hope your summer is going great!  We have another BIG birthday!!  ☀️🇺🇸🌼 Keep in mind we have two missions STILL in progress. If you haven’t participated in mission 54 (Ed Hyatt’s 100th) or 55 (Joe Budkus’ 90th), I have pasted info on them directly below so you can send them cards too! 
Now here is mission 56:  WWII Veteran Pat Rudd from Florida is turning 100!!   I received this note from Pat’s friend:   Pat will be turning 100 on August 29th. She is a WWII veteran who served in the Navy and was with the first group of women that were sent over to Pearl Harbor after the bombing.. She taught Reading and writing to the troops.
Pat is a remarkable woman. She owns and maintains her own home. Drives herself. Is the treasurer for her local Eastern Star. Makes blankets for veterans at the VA hospital. Makes prayer shawls for people that are ill. The list goes on and on. She is a member of our Community Crafters group. I tried to get more information about her service years but she keeps on asking me why so many questions. I would love it if you could ask for cards for this wonderful lady.

MAIL YOUR CARDS TO:
Pat Ruddc/o
Kathy Donato
6405 Shoreline Ct.
St. Cloud, FL 34771 Please send your cards by August 20th. Just like all missions, don’t keep this to yourself!! Know of students, friends, family, neighbors, co-workers who you think would like to participate? Share away! Let’s flood this beautiful woman’s day with gratitude and love and make this her best year yet!
Mission 54 and Mission 55: There’s still TIME!!  Mission 54 WWII / Korean War Veteran Ed Hyatt is turning 100 years old.  Deadline to send him cards is August 5th!  Here’s the address:   Ed Hyatt c/o Ron & Susan Jones
2216 Woodmont Drive
Orange, TX 77632
Go to Ed’s full mission here. _________________
Mission 55 Korean War Veteran Joe Budkus is turning 90 years old. Deadline to send him cards is August 12th: Here’s the address:  Joe Butkus c/o Mary Ellen Hart
1816 North Benson Rd
Fairfield, Ct. 06824 Go to Joe’s full mission here
Mission 53: COMPLETE! DT Measells 100th Birthday! WOW!!!!! What a way to celebrate 100 years!! WWII Fighter Pilot DT Measells received OVER 1,100 birthday cards from all of YOU!  I received this message from his son-in-law John: DT was so overwhelmed by everything! It was the best 100th Birthday ever! Mayor Lynn Deutsch arranged a drive-by from the entire police and firefighters, and gave him a key to the city! Thanks to everyone who sent in cards, he’s going to have a LOT of reading to keep him busy! Thank you to JANINE’S TEAM and Phlash Phelps for helping DT feel all the love and gratitude he deserves!! Watch a video of the parade / party here.
EVERGREEN MISSION for Veteran’s Last Patrol:
This was our 51st mission, but we decided to keep it going: Veteran’s Last Patrol’s mission is to serve veterans by bringing new friendships, honor ceremonies, & emergency assistance while in hospice care. The organization is averaging a veteran’s honor ceremony a week all over the country. At each ceremony they like to give a bunch of thank you cards to the veteran being honored. Here’s your mission! Write out generic thank you cards to veterans and send them to Veteran’s Last Patrol. They will make bundles from the cards they receive and present them to our veterans. Use whatever you’d like: thank you cards, scenic cards, postcards … or better yet… MAKE cards and write notes of gratitude. Keep in mind these are for are for elderly and/or ailing veterans. Dear Veteran, Dear Hero as your salutation will work. Have children, students, young artists?? 🎨 Get them involved! Our veterans would love bright patriotic pictures, military branch logos, whatever they are inspired to create! Do you manage a group of people at your company? This is a meaningful office project too! If you’re sending more than one card (which is encouraged) no need to send each one individually – send them all in one envelope/package. Send them to: Veteran’s Last Patrol 140B Venture Blvd Spartanburg, SC, 29306 ATTN: Honor Ceremony Cards
This is an evergreen mission. So send a bunch as soon as you can, but feel free to continue this project on your own and / or involve more people.
Watch this video to learn more about these honor ceremonies, and learn how you can help / participate if one is near you.

Don Marquis & Thinking

Does his quote make you think or not? How do you feel about that?

words and music and stories

“If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you; but if you really make them think, they’ll hate you.”

~ Don Marquis ~ American humourist, journalist, and author, born on 29 July 1878

“Se fai credere alle persone che stanno pensando, ti ameranno; ma se le fai davvero pensare, ti odieranno.”

Image: Michelangelo – Sistine Chapel – The Prophet Jeremiah

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Reblog: Janine Stange’s Mission 54–Another WWII Veteran is turning 100!

Happy 100th Birthday, Ed! I hope you had a great 4th of July!  As many of you saw on my Facebook post last week, DT Measells had an amazing 100th Birthday! He received over 1,100 cards from all of YOU!  THANK YOU to all who took the time to send a card!  Scroll down for a recap and photo of DT, his wife Imo, and ALL of his birthday cards. Now here is your next mission:  WWII and Korean War Veteran Ed Hyatt has a BIG birthday coming up … and YOU are invited to send him a card!  His family is having a party for him on August 7th, and they will give him all the cards on that day. You’ve got about a month to work on this one!  About Ed:   Ed grew up in Louisiana and graduated from LSU. He joined the Army in 1944 and was the artillery officer of the 43rd Tank Battalion which was part of Patton’s Seventh Army.  Ed made it home in January of 1946, and went into the Army Reserves.  In 1950, he was recalled to serve stateside as a communications instructor during the Korean War. He served until 1953. After the wars, Ed worked for Borden Milk Company and became the assistant controller for their division in Houston, TX. Ed was married to his wife Marie for 69 years. She passed in 2013. He now lives in Orange, TX near his daughter and son-in-law. Please send your cards by August 5th.  Just like all missions, don’t keep this to yourself!! Know of students, friends, family, neighbors, co-workers who you think would like to participate? Share away! Let’s flood his day with gratitude and love and make this his best year yet!  Their birthday party theme is 100 years and counting!! 🇺🇸🎁 MAIL TO:  Mr. Ed Hyatt c/o Ron & Susan Jones 2216 Woodmont Drive Orange, TX 77632
Mission 53: COMPLETE! DT Measells 100th Birthday! WOW!!!!! What a way to celebrate 100 years!! WWII Fighter Pilot DT Measells received OVER 1,100 birthday cards from all of YOU!  I received this message from his son-in-law John: DT was so overwhelmed by everything! It was the best 100th Birthday ever! Mayor Lynn Deutsch arranged a drive-by from the entire police and firefighters, and gave him a key to the city! Thanks to everyone who sent in cards, he’s going to have a LOT of reading to keep him busy! Thank you to JANINE’S TEAM and Phlash Phelps for helping DT feel all the love and gratitude he deserves!! Watch a video of the parade / party here.
EVERGREEN MISSION for Veteran’s Last Patrol:
This was our 51st mission, but we decided to keep it going: Veteran’s Last Patrol’s mission is to serve veterans by bringing new friendships, honor ceremonies, & emergency assistance while in hospice care. The organization is averaging a veteran’s honor ceremony a week all over the country. At each ceremony they like to give a bunch of thank you cards to the veteran being honored. Here’s your mission! Write out generic thank you cards to veterans and send them to Veteran’s Last Patrol. They will make bundles from the cards they receive and present them to our veterans. Use whatever you’d like: thank you cards, scenic cards, postcards … or better yet… MAKE cards and write notes of gratitude. Keep in mind these are for are for elderly and/or ailing veterans. Dear Veteran, Dear Hero as your salutation will work. Have children, students, young artists?? 🎨 Get them involved! Our veterans would love bright patriotic pictures, military branch logos, whatever they are inspired to create! Do you manage a group of people at your company? This is a meaningful office project too! If you’re sending more than one card (which is encouraged) no need to send each one individually – send them all in one envelope/package. Send them to: Veteran’s Last Patrol 140B Venture Blvd Spartanburg, SC, 29306 ATTN: Honor Ceremony Cards
This is an evergreen mission. So send a bunch as soon as you can, but feel free to continue this project on your own and / or involve more people.

First Army and Navy Airplanes

The Army had the first military flight at Ft Myer in Arlington, Virginia

The 1909 Wright Military Flyer is the world’s first military airplane. In 1908, the U.S. Army Signal Corps sought competitive bids for a two-seat observation aircraft. Winning designs had to meet a number specified performance standards. Flight trials with the Wrights’ entry began at Fort Myer, Virginia, on September 3, 1908. After several days of successful flights, tragedy occurred on September 17, when Orville Wright crashed with Lt. Thomas E. Selfridge, the Army’s observer, as his passenger. Orville survived with severe injuries, but Selfridge was killed, becoming the first fatality in a powered airplane.

This replica is in the Museum of the US Army at Ft Belvoir.

The first naval aircraft took place the following year.

U.S. naval aviation began with pioneer aviator Glenn Curtiss who contracted with the United States Navy to demonstrate that airplanes could take off from and land aboard ships at sea. One of his pilots, Eugene Ely, took off from the cruiser USS Birmingham anchored off the Virginia coast in November 1910. Two months later Ely landed aboard another cruiser, USS Pennsylvania, in San Francisco Bay, proving the concept of shipboard operations. However, the platforms erected on those vessels were temporary measures. The U.S. Navy and Glenn Curtiss experienced two firsts during January 1911. On 27 January, Curtiss flew the first seaplane from the water at San Diego Bay and the next day U.S. Navy Lt. Theodore G. Ellyson, a student at the nearby Curtiss School, took off in a Curtiss “grass cutter” plane to become the first naval aviator.

Replica Curtiss A-1 Triad at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum in Lexington Park MD.

Jokes: Southern Style

From an email:

Subject:Fwd: IN YOUR BACKYARD – It’s a Southern Thing. A little humor goes a long way!!!!!


Alabama:

Couple of Alabama friends went deer hunting and paired off in twos for the day. That night, one of the hunters returned alone, staggering under the weight of an eight-point buck.”Where’s Henry?” the others asked.”Henry had a stroke o’ some kind. He’s a couple of miles back up the trail,” the successful hunter replied.”You left Henry layin’ out there and carried the deer back?” they inquired.”A tough call,” nodded the hunter. “But I figured no one’s gonna steal Henry!”

Georgia

The owner of a golf course in Georgia was confused about paying an invoice, so he decided to ask his secretary for some mathematical help.He called her into his office and said, “Y’all graduated from the University of Georgia and I need some help. If I wuz to give yew $20,000, minus 14%, how much would you take off?”The secretary thought a moment, and then replied, “Everthang but my earrings.

Louisiana

A senior citizen in Louisiana was overheard saying … “When the end of the world comes, I hope to be in Louisiana.”When asked why, he replied, “I’d rather be in Louisiana ’cause everythang happens in Louisiana 20 years later than in the rest of the world.”

Mississippi

The young man from Mississippi came running into the store and said to his buddy, “Bubba, somebody just stole your pickup truck from the parking lot!”Bubba replied, “Did y’all see who it was?”The young man answered, “I couldn’t tell, but I got the license number.”

North Carolina

A man in North Carolina had a flat tire, pulled off on the side of the road, and proceeded to put a bouquet of flowers in front of the car and one behind it. Then he got back in the car to wait.A passerby studied the scene as he drove by, and was so curious he turned around and went back. He asked the fellow what the problem was.The man replied, “I got a flat tahr.”But, what’s with the flowers?The man responded, “When you break down they tell you to put flares in the front and flares in the back. I never did understand it neither.”

Tennessee

A Tennessee State trooper pulled over a pickup on I-65. The trooper asked, “Got any ID?”The driver replied, “Bout whut?”

Texas

The Sheriff pulled up next to the guy unloading garbage out of his pick-up into the ditch. The Sheriff asked, “Why are you dumping garbage in the ditch? Don’t you see that sign right over your head.””Yep,” he replied. “That’s why I’m dumpin’ it here, ’cause it says: ‘Fine For Dumping Garbage.’ “**Y’all kin say whut y’all want ‘about the South, but y’all never heard o’ nobody retirin’ an’ movin’ North.

AND ONE MORE:

A WOMAN WALKS INTO THE DOWNTOWN WELFARE OFFICE, TRAILED BY 15 KIDS.’WOW,’ THE SOCIAL WORKER EXCLAIMS, ‘ARE THEY ALL YOURS?’’YEP, THEY’RE ALL MINE, ‘ THE FLUSTERED MOMMA SIGHS, HAVING HEARD THAT QUESTION A THOUSAND TIMES BEFORE. SHE SAYS, ‘SIT DOWN, TERRY.’ ALL THE CHILDREN RUSH TO FIND SEATS.’WELL,’ SAYS THE SOCIAL WORKER, ‘THEN YOU MUST BE HERE TO SIGN UP. I’LL NEED ALL YOUR CHILDREN’S NAMES.’”WELL, TO KEEP IT SIMPLE, THE BOYS ARE ALL NAMED TERRY AND THE GIRLS ARE ALL NAMED TERRI.”IN DISBELIEF, THE CASE WORKER SAYS, ‘ARE YOU SERIOUS? THEY’RE ALL NAMED TERRY?’THEIR MOMMA REPLIED, ‘WELL, YES – IT MAKES IT EASIER. WHEN IT’S TIME TO GET THEM OUT OF BED AND READY FOR SCHOOL , I YELL, TERRY! AND WHEN IT’S TIME FOR DINNER, I JUST YELL TERRY! AND THEY ALL COME A RUNNING. IF I NEED TO STOP THE KID WHO’S RUNNING INTO THE STREET, I JUST YELL TERRY AND ALL OF THEM STOP. IT’S THE SMARTEST IDEA I EVER HAD, NAMING THEM ALL TERRY.’THE SOCIAL WORKER THINKS THIS OVER FOR A BIT, THEN WRINKLES HER FOREHEAD AND SAYS TENTATIVELY, ‘BUT WHAT IF YOU JUST WANT ONE KID TO COME, AND NOT THE WHOLE BUNCH?‘’THEN I CALL THEM BY THEIR LAST NAMES!’

One Road–Five Different Emotive Responses

Route 20, the Constitution Highway, passes in front of James Madison’s Montpelier estate. Arching trees cover both sides of the highway, so large that the outstretched branches reach across the road as if to shake hands. Depending upon

  • your mood
  • the weather
  • the season

It can be

  • welcoming
  • beautiful
  • foreboding
  • spiritual
  • historical

The cool green tunnel of leaves provided a welcome, if temporary, respite from the harsh July sunshine.

The sunlight filtered through the arched green canopy like nature’s cathedral with backlit green, deep gray shadows, and pools of golden sunshine laying across the macadam creating the illusion of a stained glass window.

The wind moaned through the trees as if the ghosts of the enslaved have been given tongues.

The thunderstorm ripped away the leaves, leaving the grasping skeletal branches heaving up to the heavens as if in supplication. Have mercy on us. Spare our limbs.

A vivid rug of cardamon, tobacco, butterscotch, and aubergine leaves carpeted the highway, deadening the sound of our wheels, like it had done since the time of coaches and wagons.

Virtual Vietnam Wall

This is really sobering. First click on a state. When it opens, scroll down to the city where you went to high school and look at the names. Click on the name and it will give details of the person’s death, a picture or at least their bio and medals.       This really is an amazing web site. Someone spent a lot of time and effort to create it. I hope that everyone who receives this appreciates what
those who served in Vietnam sacrificed for our country. Pass the link on to others, as many knew wonderful
people

http://www.virtualwall.org

Bathroom Signs Pt 7

Troy Prince as a USS Midway Safety Team member pointing out the three roses he painted on this door for winning 3 separate award for a clean head during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
Head door for Squadron (VAQ-130). Electronic Attack Squadron 130, also known as the “Zappers”, is an EA-18G Growler squadron of the United States Navy based aboard Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

Bathrooms at Fairfax Station, VA (below) from Wendy

Zaxby’s (below)–from Wendy

Bathrooms at Occoquan, VA (below)–from Wendy

From somewhere in Key West

When the Light Turned Green

When the light turned green
she didn't budge
I gave my horn
a little hudge
Her head came up
her car turned right
both cars able 
to make the light

At the next light
she was third
so the horn
need not be heard

Two cars moved
while she did not
should I give the horn
a second shot?

As the light was turning
she no longer lingered
I'm proud that I didn't
give her the finger

What makes people
time the light
so they slip through
while you sit tight?


“Sitting in Traffic Way Too Long” by Sister72 is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Decoration Day (Predecessor to Memorial Day)

Emily pins a snowball flower on the uniform of her grandfather, a Battle of Gettysburg veteran, on Decoration Day (circa 1912) before he and some other veterans go to visit the Deep Valley schools to tell the story of the Battle of Gettysburg.

The sun was higher now, glittering on the trees with their small new leaves, on the dewy grass. Emily, too, circled the bush, inspecting the luscious white clumps. “Snowball is too cold a name for them,” she said.

Selecting the finest, she cut it carefully. He looked stern again while she pinned it on his chest. “Now! You look very nice!”

“I’ll go to the gate and wait for the auto.”

“Tell them about Gettysburg in your very best style.”

“By Jingo, I will!” he answered happily.

Lovelace, Maud Hart. Emily of Deep Valley . William Morrow Paperbacks. Kindle Edition.

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.-VA Memorial History Day.

More from Deep Valley–the Decoration Day parade.

A tremendous emotional roar of welcome almost drowned out the sprightly tune.

For the “old soldiers” were coming, Deep Valley’s survivors of the now historic Civil War, six old men in blue uniforms with badges and bulging snowball clumps.

They were marching in pairs. They didn’t keep time very well. One walked with a cane. But they all held themselves with military stiffness. No beard equaled Judge Hodges’ beard. There were flourishing mustaches, though, and a goatee, and old Cap’ Klein’s chin whiskers. Cyrus Webster was clean shaven but his heavy eyebrows bristled with martial grimness.

Yes, Emily thought, they got feebler and fewer. And so did the old ladies of the Women’s Relief Corps who were passing now in another automobile, brave in their new bonnets. Her grandmother used to ride with them! She was gone now. And the white horse of memory was replaced by an automobile. Yet Decoration Day was always the same.

Lovelace, Maud Hart. Emily of Deep Valley . William Morrow Paperbacks. Kindle Edition.

Today, cities in the North and the South claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day in 1866. Both Macon and Columbus, Ga., claim the title, as well as Richmond, Va. The village of Boalsburg, Pa., claims it began there two years earlier. A stone in a Carbondale, Ill., cemetery carries the statement that the first Decoration Day ceremony took place there on April 29, 1866. Carbondale was the wartime home of Gen. Logan. Approximately 25 places have been named in connection with the origin of Memorial Day, many of them in the South where most of the war dead were buried.

Official Birthplace Declared In 1966, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y., the “birthplace” of Memorial Day. There, a ceremony on May 5, 1866, honored local veterans who had fought in the Civil War. Businesses closed and residents flew flags at half-staff. Supporters of Waterloo’s claim say earlier observances in other places were either informal, not community-wide or one-time events.

By the end of the 19th century, Memorial Day ceremonies were being held on May 30 throughout the nation. State legislatures passed proclamations designating the day, and the Army and Navy adopted regulations for proper observance at their facilities.

It was not until after World War I, however, that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day. It was then also placed on the last Monday in May, as were some other federal holidays.

https://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/history.asp

Happy Memorial Day/Happy Decoration Day

Speed Dating Has Nothing on Speed Liking

Speed dating: an organized social activity in which people seeking romantic relationships have a series of short conversations with potential partners in order to determine whether there is mutual interest.

Oxford English Dictionary

While speed dating is an organized event, speed liking is when somebody or some bot likes several posts in a period of time where it is not possible to read one post, never mind multiple posts.

Have you ever looked at a post that has over 100 likes for a post you are only liking because they liked your post or may just the comment that you have left on somebody else’s blog? Have you ever felt that ‘It’s just not fair”? Are these real likes or just bots?

After reading part of a post where WordPress may be part of the problem, I have to wonder how people can hit the like button on multiple posts in under a minute?

I follow one blogger who writes so many posts each day, I’ve had to consolidate his posts to once a day. Even then, it takes me several seconds to like, even his short ‘quotes of the day’ posts if I hit the like button on the summary and then close the page as soon as it begins to open. Somehow he manages to like several of mine in under a minute. I know there is no way he is reading them–while it’s good for stats, it’s meaningless as far as a feel good.

Why do some bloggers include the like button on the summary email and others include it on the actual blog page?

At least with speed dating your spend a brief amount of time interacting with the person–maybe you’ll have chemistry and maybe you won’t. In speed liking you’re playing a numbers game, if I like X amount of your blog posts maybe you’ll reciprocate liking Y amounts of mine.

Y are you liking mine to begin with when you obviously have not taken the time to read it and how are you able to like it so quickly?

In Defense of Hobby Blogs and a Question.

From Is Hobby Blogging Still Relevant by Polly Kay

A hobby blog is essentially a blog that is set up and populated with content for the blogger’s personal enjoyment as a hobby, rather than to promote goods or services, or as a moneymaking endeavour to earn a meaningful income from the blog itself.

Hobby blogs can of course be monetised too, and many are – but the main purpose of a hobby blog is to provide a platform for the blog’s author to talk about whatever is of interest to them, the things that they find important, or news that they want to share.

Hobby Blogs (such as this one) have fallen out of fashion. Experts like Cristian Mihai decry them and strongly recommend that to be successful, a blogger needs to find a niche that she is both knowledgeable and passionate about. For me that could be libraries or the military/veterans or poetry or nature or personal observations, or…..

Most of you do write blogs based upon your interest or interests. Those blogs work for you. If you do not like what you are doing, why do it? They run the gamut

(The blogs listed here are blogs that I enjoy reading and do not reflect all of the excellent blogs out there, whether I read them or not I selected a few diverse blogs that are produced regularly or frequently, if any of you are wondering or care.)

Blogs that I read and might consider to be Hobby Blogs because of the diversity of topics that they cover include Seoul Sister by Judy Kim or Brothers Campfire by Benjamin Thiel. I consider Omnia Caelum Blogs: Poetry Art Music by Francisco Bravo Cabrera to be a hybrid blog because it covers a diversity of things within the fields of poetry, art, and music with a few personal essays occasionally in the mix. This opinion is mine and any blogger may or may not agree with it.

Four reasons why Hobby Blogs still have a place:

  1. Fills the need of the blogger to write and share
  2. Fills the need for readers who like reading about a diversity of topics and points of view
  3. Crosses niches so you get exposed to things you were not aware of
  4. Chances of serendipity–happy accidents, like browsing a bookshelf in a library.

Now I have a question for you–I’m trying to straddle a fence here. Should I start a second eQuips Poetry blog that would be limited to just poetry?