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THANKSGIVING DAY, 1789, PROCLAMATION, ISSUED BY PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON

First Thanksgiving - 1621

“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor – and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People . . . → Read More: THANKSGIVING DAY, 1789, PROCLAMATION, ISSUED BY PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON

A DAY THAT DIVIDED AMERICAN HISTORY

Friday, November 22, 1963, began like any other day. Because it was drizzly, I wore my new, blue raincoat. As I drove to the elementary school where I was a first year teacher, I heard a peculiar flapping sound outside the door. Not until I had reached my school and parked, did I . . . → Read More: A DAY THAT DIVIDED AMERICAN HISTORY

THE DESK

I remember the day the desk came down the lane, brought home in a farm truck by my father and a brother. It had been purchased from the estate auction of an elderly gentleman – for five dollars – certainly, a small sum for even 60 years ago. The desk’s massive size would . . . → Read More: THE DESK

WORDS TO FOREVER REMEMBER

The beautiful fall day when I left home in southern Indiana to drive to northern Indiana — to begin my first year as a public school teacher — my mother walked out to the car with me. In her parting words was a message that has gone with me lo —through out these . . . → Read More: WORDS TO FOREVER REMEMBER

FATHER’S DAY QUOTES AND COMMENTARY

Be kind to thy father,

For when thou were young,

Who loved thee so fondly as he?

He caught the first accents that

Fell from thy tongue,

And joined in thy innocent glee.

~ Margaret Courtney (1822-1862)

 

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MY FATHER’S DAIRY HERD

When I was five, my father began to accumulate a dairy herd for our farm. The cows were purchased a few at a time from other farms around our county, and brought home by Dad in his stock truck. They were then given names that began with the same letter of the former . . . → Read More: MY FATHER’S DAIRY HERD

A STORY BOOK MARRIAGE: HE’S A PRINCE AND SHE’S CHARMING

Two marriages ─ and going in ─ one could say today’s title was fit for both. We know the outcome of the first. We’ve faith the second will endure.

 

Fourteen years have come and gone, since the world was stunned by Princess Diana’s August 31st, 1997 death. A whole new . . . → Read More: A STORY BOOK MARRIAGE: HE’S A PRINCE AND SHE’S CHARMING

KNOWN AND LITTLE KNOWN MOTHER’S DAY QUOTES

They say that man is mighty,

He governs land and sea,

He wields a mighty scepter

O’er lesser powers that be;

 

But a mightier power and stronger

Man from his throne has hurled

For the hand that rocks the cradle

Is the hand that rules the world

William Ross Wallace, 1819-1881, American poet

 

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RESPONDING TO APRIL’S COMMENTS

April brought many reader’s comments – lovely comments ─ to help dispel April’s chill. I much appreciated the ones that were sincerely written from the heart. For this post, I selected and edited some that best lent themselves to easy/quick replies. Regretfully, time did not allow more than appears here. I thought readers . . . → Read More: RESPONDING TO APRIL’S COMMENTS

HOW I FINALLY APRIL FOOLED DAD

Before television, April Fools Day was a day to have some fun in catching others unaware. The fun was especially in trying to fool Mom and Dad, who never failed to “get us”. It was their day’s first priority, and since they were up first they had time to prepare for April Fooling . . . → Read More: HOW I FINALLY APRIL FOOLED DAD