Forgotten Mechanic

My friend and shipmate,  Bonnie sent me this email  this morning

Was cataloging the “Disestablishment of Sea Control Squadron 29 and Sea Control Squadron 38, Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego, CA, 2004”  and found this poem. It reminds me of the words of the retired Tuskegee airplane mechanic who was on board the Midway for a special presentation. Several times he was asked if he wanted to be a pilot. He finally answered: ‘They can fly planes without pilots, but they can’t fly planes without mechanics.”

Forgotten MechanicUSS Midway banner


Reblog: ‘He is the petitioner: The Military Petitions of Naturalization of Camp Lee’s Nurses During World War I”

Something the government may want to reconsider: giving citizenship to emigrants who serve in the United States Armed Forces.

From 1795 to 1952, the United States’ naturalization process required a declaration of intention followed by a petition for naturalization. On 9 May 1918, Congress passed Public Law 144, An Act To amend the naturalization laws and to repeal certain sections of the Revised Statutes of the United States and other laws relating to naturalization, and for other purposes. Under the new law,

“any alien serving in the military or naval service of the United States during the time this country is engaged in the present war may file his petition for naturalization without making the preliminary declaration of intention and without proof of the required five years’ residence within the United States.”


Reblog of how female nurses from World War I were listed as he because of the language of the time.

Reblog: Little Free Library Honoring Native Americans Unveiled at the Smithsonian

Little Free Library started a pilot program in 2018 “to increase book access on tribal lands with generous support from Amerigroup/Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. We also partnered with the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries & Museums (ATALM), hosting a Little Free Library build at the 2018 ATALM conference. ”  It is called the Native Library Initiative.

Smithsonian Birchbark LFL

The Smithsonian was gifted with a “birchbark Little Free Library book-sharing box at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington, D.C., donated by the Little Free Library (LFL) nonprofit organization. The “take a book, share a book” library seeks to honor Native American culture and increase access to culturally relevant books.”

The box was “created by Pat Kruse, an Ojibwe birchbark and quillwork artist. Kruse is a member at Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, and a descendent of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Onamia, Minnesota.”

Where Were You When….

Today is the 56th anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination.  President  Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963.  I was in elementary school.  It was the first time that I can recall an entire weekend of television coverage being preempted to cover a single event. (You can tell where my priorities were.)  We heard about the assassination over the school’s PA system.

For Americans, “Where were you on…” questions often include Pearl Harbor, Kennedy’s assassination, the  Challenger disaster, and 9-11.  Where were you when the Berlin Wall fell would be another good one, but I don’t often hear it referenced.

In the 1980s’, I was working at Fort Myer.  We were at a staff meeting with our boss, the Recreation Division Officer (a civilian)  for the Branch Chiefs (Library-me, Arts and Crafts, Sports, Community Center, and Outdoor Recreation). It was on December 7.  Our boss asked us where we were when Pearl Harbor was bombed.  We all looked at him blankly.  We were Boomers and none of us had been born yet.  (I don’t  know how old Jim thought we were.)

Since then, there are fewer and fewer people who share the same “Where were you when…” memories.  They have either passed on or were not yet born.

What are your significant “Where were you When…” moments?

What do you think the next such moment will be?


Reblog: Uncovering Homegrown Histories During National Picture Book Month

The Library of Virginia has a new blog that began publishing in 2019 called the UncommonWealth (since Virginia is a Commonwealth).


In The UncommonWealth: Voices from the Library of Virginia, we aim to expand our scope to help you learn more about what we do, why we do it, and how our efforts relate to current issues and events. We also plan to tell you more about your fellow Virginians who work here at the Library, spotlighting staff members, specialized professions, and public libraries.

This particular posting includes some of the ‘made in Virginia’ picture books written by Virginians about Virginia history. Click here to read the blog.

Military Working Dog Stamps

A bow(wow) of thanks and a big tail wag to blogger and poet JeanMarie Olivieri ( for the information.  She left me the following comment:

I can’t find the post you did that mentioned the dogs that served in the military, so I’m leaving this link for you here, and anyone else who might be interested in honoring veterans. The US Post Office has issued stamps honoring dogs who served in the military.


From the initial notification:

USPS said in a press release that the new booklet was created to honor “the nation’s brave and loyal military working dogs.”

The booklet will feature 20 stamps of four breeds — the German shepherd, Labrador retriever, Belgian Malinois and Dutch shepherd — all of which commonly serve in the armed forces.

The stamps were issued 1 August 2019 as $.55 cent forever stamps. A book of 20 costs $11.

Click here to read more about how 2019 is the year that Military Working Dogs are getting their due.

Conan, the Belgian Malinois military working dog who was injured in the raid that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was honored at the White House by President Trump earlier this month.

Library Bats Eat What Bugs Them

The Child World. [In verse.] ... Illustrated by C. Robinson

You slip out at night
With no one in sight
To flit through the air
Insects beware!

No one on the ground
As you echo your rounds
Delighting in all of the insects you’ve found

Your presence is good
But you digest your food
Which means bat droppings
Must be understood

In exchange for your aid
Workers are paid
To cover the book stacks
Where the books have been laid.

Another Fraternday Night and I Ain’t Got

No Alcohol.

Happy Hour

So what does any good fraternity brother or dorm denizen do in a college town on Friday night?  He heads out to the local grocery store, which just happens to be adjacent to the ABC store.

I was at Kroger’s today about 3:30  to pick up my husband’s prescriptions.  Between the guys unloading grocery carts overflowing with various cases of beers and one he-man who was carrying two cases of liquor across the parking lot, it was definitely like driving through an obstacle course.

It was difficult to find a parking spot from all of the car doors open to receive the onslaught of the Friday afternoon liquor runs.

The co-eds sauntered out with a single bottle in a plastic bag that also contained various cartons of Greek yogurt.

At least today’s crew was not as oblivious as the ones I saw earlier in the academic year.  That future most likely to was talking on his cell phone as he pushed his beer-filled cart into heavy traffic trying to enter and exit the parking lot.  When I saw this genius after I got out of the grocery store, he and his wingman were not sure they could get all of the liquor into the compact car they had driven to the store.  I did not wait around to find out if they were able to resolve their problems.

Oh to be an undergraduate again…..


Reblog: UVA’s Miller Center has Resources on America’s Four Impeachments

The center is home to the nation’s longest-running presidential oral history program, including oral histories of every White House from Gerald Ford to Barack Obama. Its Presidential Recordings Program – also known as “the secret White House tapes” – makes once-secret tapes from thousands of White House meetings and telephone conversations between 1940 and 1973 accessible to the public.

As lawmakers, witnesses and White House officials sort out those questions in Congress, faculty members at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs are tackling questions of impeachment from an academic perspective, drawing on the center’s unparalleled expertise in the American presidency.

MIller Center Scripps Library front