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Day 530: Half-full 'n' all that...
Sunday, January 12, 2014      18 comments

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or h... Read more
Wednesday, December 25, 2013      11 comments

"I heard the bells on Christmas Day..." They're not playing carols here, though. They are ringing the changes, and will be for some time. It's a Christmas tradition here in the village. Although this was recorded in Liverpool, it will ... Read more
Day 528: A Good-Morning Pic...
Monday, December 16, 2013      9 comments

This was actually taken yesterday - Sunday - afternoon by one of my cousins. Notice the snow was still falling: Okay, I admit it - I've turned into a wimp. But I like... Read more
I was THERE--!
Sunday, December 15, 2013      9 comments

This is one of those I-was-there stories. I was, but I escaped in the nick of time: my flight left Syracuse on Wednesday afternoon, so I got out before the stuff really enveloped the place, either there or in Newark, which was the origin of the... Read more
Fifty years ago...
Friday, November 22, 2013      18 comments

Asking “Where were you when--?” is an age-revealer. “Where were you when ‘Challenger’ exploded?” “Where were you when you heard Elvis had died?” And this week, most of all, “Where were you when JFK was assassinated?” Just as it is this year... Read more
Day 525: Okey-dokey...
Friday, August 16, 2013      16 comments

...you see where my blog-daily / good intentions got me. Hah. I was prompted to blog today by this: When life pelts you with lemons © When life throws you lemons, it’s expedient and fun to say “I’ll make lemonade” or “Bring ou... Read more
Day 524: All Hail the Kale
Sunday, July 07, 2013      21 comments

Sing wi'me now: "Kale! glorious kale!Tas-ty and nonfattening--!..." www.huffingtonpost.com/d
m_hp_ref=mostpopular I discovered (as if it was lost) kale l... Read more
Day 523: A Century Ago...
Monday, July 01, 2013      17 comments

An odd fact in my family history: I know precisely where my great-great-grandfather was one hundred years ago today. On the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of July, 1913, the US government sponsored a "Civil War Veterans Reunion," on the grounds of Gett... Read more
Day 522: Summer Solstice!
Friday, June 21, 2013      12 comments

Cribbed that from the-source-of-all-things-cribb
able, Wikipedia. No, I didn't get to Stonehenge this morning: I keep saying one of these years I will, and I'll w... Read more
Day 521: for TeenyJeannie
Tuesday, June 18, 2013      11 comments

Yes, I know. I got lost. Not in a bad way, y'unnerstan, but just kind of ...meandering. And I shall return with the remaining Dixie blogs. But for the nonce, I dropped by - briefly - to leave this for LJCANNON: ... Read more
Day 520: ...after a brief respite, we resume with Old Hickory
Saturday, May 25, 2013      14 comments

"In eighteen-fourteen we took a little trip..." Thanks to Johnny Horton - and the $20 bill - Andrew Jackson stays in the national consciousness. Beyond that, he was a less-than-stellar president, whose two terms (1829-1837) were marred by t... Read more
Day 519: Between Chattanooga and Nashville...
Wednesday, May 22, 2013      12 comments

"I was laid down on the bare floor, as dirty and lousy a boy as you would wish to see. Dead men were being carried out about as fast as the living were being brought in. "A man was laid down at my feet. I took a look at him and thought he w... Read more
Day 518: Oklahoma
Tuesday, May 21, 2013      9 comments

The travelblogs are interrupted today. Quite a few of our Sparkler community live in Oklahoma. Even if they didn't, I'm sure we would all want to do what we can to help with the incredible tornado destruction that's happened. With no r... Read more
Day 517: Military Tactics and Red Badges
Monday, May 20, 2013      6 comments

I'm interested in Civil War history - as I've said before, I grew up hearing about it and visiting some of the battlefields and major sites. A great-great-grandfather, who... Read more
Day 516: Wayfaring Strangers
Sunday, May 19, 2013      12 comments

We still had a two-hour drive ahead of us when we left Biltmore. Our reservations that night were for a hotel on the outskirts of Knoxville. Sunday's plan was two museums on the way to my aunt's (she lives between Knoxville and Chattanooga)... Read more

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