Wednesday, April 22, 2009

It's that Time of Year!!

Happy Birthday Susie!!!

I had too much fun remembering so....

there's a lot of photos :)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


From 1776- 1783, Thomas Paine authored a series of pamphelts that are now, collectivelty, know as "The American Crisis"
-WIKIPEDIA says is best :

The first of the pamphlets was released during a time when the Revolution still looked an unsteady prospect. Its opening sentence was adopted as the watchword of the movement to Trenton. The famous opening lines are:[2]

These are the times that try men's souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
The pamphlet, read aloud to the Continental army the night before the Battle of Trenton, attempted to bolster morale and resistance among patriots, as well as shame neutrals and loyalists toward the cause:
Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
Paine maintains a positive view overall, hoping that this American crisis can be quickly resolved; "For though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the embers can never expire."

SUSIE WINS!!!!!  And she receives....something nice. I don't know. Any idea? What should I give her?

For fun....the three other authors mentioned have famous sayings as well. What are they? Or there is more then one in some cases.....Googling is allowed :)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

You know the drill. NO GOOGLIING (or anything else) ALLOWED!!!!

"These are the Times that try Men's souls"

was written by what famous author?

A.) Charles Dickens
B.) Victor Hugo
C.) Thomas Paine
D.) Patrick Henry

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Thoughts from History....

GOD, give us men! A time like this demands
Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands;
Men whom the lust of office does not kill;
Men whom the spoils of office can not buy;
Men who possess opinions and a will;
Men who have honor; men who will not lie;
Men who can stand before a demagogue
And damn his treacherous flatteries without winking!
Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog
In public duty, and in private thinking;
For while the rabble, with their thumb-worn creeds,
Their large professions and their little deeds,
Mingle in selfish strife, lo! Freedom weeps,
Wrong rules the land and waiting Justice sleeps.
-Josiah Gilbert Holland
 The AMERICAN Thomas Paine

December 23, 1776

THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but "to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER" and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.
This is our situation, and who will may know it. By perseverance and fortitude we have the prospect of a glorious issue; by cowardice and submission, the sad choice of a variety of evils — a ravaged country — a depopulated city — habitations without safety, and slavery without hope — our homes turned into barracks and bawdy-houses for Hessians, and a future race to provide for, whose fathers we shall doubt of. Look on this picture and weep over it! and if there yet remains one thoughtless wretch who believes it not, let him suffer it unlamented."
I edited this broadside but the whole content was given to Washington's soldiers right before the Battle of Trenton. That's right, the Victory that saved the Revolution from collapse.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Britian's GOT talent!

Had to share these with you. You may have already seen all of them but they are worth another look.

The Next video won't let me post it here so here's the link:

and this last one just happened on Saturday. Credit to Lydia for showing me this, "But Lydia's the sort of person that knows"

Bother...I can't embed this one either...Oh Well.
She's a little....Silly at the beginning. Sorry
Follow the link:

Two posts in two days...don't get spoiled I doubt this will be a common occurrence.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Brewers are playing awfully so I'm going to talk to you all instead.

There is so much to talk about so I'm having a bit of trouble actually coming up with one main thought so this is going to be rambling instead..hope you don't mind but it's all i can offer at the moment.

Lil' sis got a dress for senior banquet today. Hard to believe that her first year was my last, and not this is her last. Meaning I've been graduated from High School for three years. So weird...I sometimes think that I feel just as naive as I did when I was 14 and starting High School. But now my naivete is tempered with experience. Strange sentence...moving on....

Guess what I did today?
I shut myself up in a display case and taped black paper on the inside!! and then I arranged some Military related mentoes of WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.... I felt very artistic and ingenuous at the end of the day.
Today was a good day at work. Nothing hectic happened and work was actually accomplished. I was given a new assignment...cause I finished up my old one (I made a map of Downtown P-ville with a guide as to where Restaurants and shopping and main areas of attraction are. That was fun)

so this new assigment, Kathy gave me a paper that was originally written in 1958 or there abouts. And it's full of information, facts about P-ville. That are 50 yrs old. They make a point of saying that it has a MODERN sewage and water systems. The Police department has two-way radios! The two colleges in town...aren't in town anymore :) There's a lot more people, more churches, more banks, the town is larger. But it's still the same in some ways.... The ATTITUDE of the town is described as "the citizens are friendly and willing to help. You are never a stranger for long"....I like my town....

I went to Wal-mart this afternoon....and as i was waiting to check out I noticed the Farmers' Almanc . Have you seen one recently? Front Page says this:
well I went looking for an image of the front page but I couldn't find the right one maybe it wasn't the Almanc, I'm not sure now I'll just have to tell you what it said... FARMERS' ALMANC, The year of our Lord 2009.

Isn't that great??? I love old traditional wording like that :) Reminds me of the Scarlet Pimpernel :)

We've been watching Little Dorritt as it airs on the PBS channel every Sunday. This Sunday was the third episode and there are two more. It's very captivating at the moment, and I'm very worried about a few of the characters. The heroine is an interesting character or I think I mean her CIRCUMSTANCES are. She is born in a debtor's prison. And it would take too long to explain the whole thing here so I will spare you all the details and the spoiling of the story should you ever wish to watch it. I've already pre-ordered it from Amazon. It's worth it. I think it and sense & sensibility BBC are my two new favorite movies...

Well now it's late...and I'm tired. Waking up at 6:30 is not my idea of....wellllll I won't go there. good attitude and all that.

Anyone read any good books recently? The O'malley Series by Dee Henderson is my latest best books find. I added them to my collection...which is starting to out grow the bookshelf and a half I have it on.

Well, there you go. A post. Comment if you can make sense of me....I'm wondering if keeping this up is worth the occasional posts you can get out of me...and I'm so pressed for time I really can't give it the thought I think it should have. So if you think rambling is ok, I'll do it. I haven't the brain power to make logical, consice sentances at the moment...