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Today a lady who has been a part of my family for over forty years passed away...
First an foremost she was a lady, grandmother to my children, ex mother-in-law, a good Christian and not last by any means a good friend .... which she had to be to put up with a crazy ole man like me.... plus she had a little dry sense of humor...
A short story about her sense of humor ... She had asked me what I wanted for Christmas one year, I looked up in the air thinking of something to tease her with and it came to me .... I told her a new truck would probably be about it ... She looked at me with a sheepish grin and said is that all ... I told her that was all I really needed that came to mind ... Hmmm, she said. Well guess what I received that year for Christmas ... You got it ... a brand new truck ! Two inch long Hot Wheels or Tonka truck that is .... LoL ... She was a very frugal person who grew up in hard times and could pinch a penny till ole Abe cried ... Now if she for one minute had thought that I really needed a truck, she would have tried and gotten me one ... maybe not a new one but that is beside the point ... She was a such a wonderful human being and I am a very lucky person for having had her in my life... I am really going to miss teasing her. You know I have a feeling she just might miss it also ....

The Christmas Truce of 1914

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There are many accounts of the Christmas truce, the most famous of which concern the meeting of British and German forces; however, French and Belgium troops also took part. The unofficial nature of the truce meant that there was no one single cause or origin; some narratives tell of British troops hearing their German counterparts singing Christmas carols and joining in, while Frank Richards, a private in the Royal Welch Fusiliers, told of how both sides erected signs wishing the other a 'Merry Christmas'. From these small starts some men crossed the lines with their hands up, and troops from the opposing side went to meet them. By the time officers realized what was happening the initial meetings had been made, and most commanders either turned a blind eye or happily joined in.

The fraternization lasted, in many areas, for the whole of Christmas day. Food and supplies were exchanged on a one to one basis, while in some areas men borrowed tools and equipment from the enemy, in order to quickly improve their own living conditions. Many games of football were played using whatever would suffice for a ball, while bodies that had become trapped within No Man's Land were buried.

Exert from an article by Robert Wilde

Seasons GreetingsTo All

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Harry Morgan (April 10, 1915 – December 7, 2011)
He was 96 years young....

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He was widely known for his roles as Colonel Sherman T. Potter in M*A*S*H (1975–1983), I remember him from the TV show " Pete and Gladys" (1960–1962) as Pete Porter, also was in Dragnet as Detective Bill Gannon (1967–1970). He was in more movies than I can count ...."Apple Dumpling Gang" comes to mind as a cute comedy... He wasn't ever the leading man but he like other character actors made the movies they were in more interesting and sometimes the best part of the movie....

Remembering !

President Franklin D. Roosevelt: Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our secretary of state a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese government also launched as attack against Malaya.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Wake Island.

And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As commander in chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us. . .
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Look to this day
for it is life
the very life of life.

In its brief course lie all
the realities and truths of existence
the joy of growth
the splendor of action
the glory of power.

For yesterday is but a memory
And tomorrow is only a vision.
But today well lived
makes every yesterday a memory
of happiness
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day....

~ ancient Sanskrit poem ~

Harry Chapin's :  
A Better Place to Be

"It was an early morning bar room,

And the place just opened up.

And the little man come in so fast and

Started at his cup.

And the broad who served the whisky

She was a big old friendly girl.

And she tried to fight her empty nights

By smilin' at the world.

And she said "Hey Bub, It's been awhile

Since you been around.

Where the hell you been hidin' ?

And why you look so down ?"

But the little man just sat there like he'd never heard a sound.

The waitress she gave out with a cough,

And acting not the least put off,

She spoke once again.

She said, "I don't want to bother you,

Consider it's understood.

I know I'm not no beauty queen,

But I sure can listen good."

And the little man took his drink in his hand

And he raised it to his lips.

He took a couple of sips.

And he told the waitress this story.

"I am the midnight watchman down at Miller's Tool and Die.

And I watch the metal rusting, and I watch the time go by.

A week ago at the diner I stopped to get a bite.

And this here lovely lady she sat two seats from my right.

And Lord, Lord, Lord she was alright.

"Oh she was so damned beautiful that she'd warm a winter's frost.

But she was long past lonely, and well nigh unto lost.

Now I'm not much of a mover, or a pick-em-up easy guy,

But I decided to glide on over, and give her one good try.

And Lord, Lord, Lord she was worth a try.

"Tongued-tied like a school boy, I stammered out some words.

But it did not really matter much, 'cause I don't think she heard.

She just looked clear on through me to a space back in my head.

And it shamed me into silence, as quietly she said,

'If you want me to come with you, then that's all right with me.

Cause I know I'm going nowhere, and anywhere's a better place to be.

Anywhere's a better place to be.'

"I drove her to my boarding house, and I took her up to my room.

And I went to turn on the only light to brighten up the gloom.

But she said, 'Please leave the light off, Oh I don't mind the dark.'

And as her clothes all tumbled 'round her, I could hear my heart.

The moonlight shown upon her as she lay back in my bed.

It was the kind of scene I only had imagined in my head.

I just could not believe it, to think that she was real.

And as I tried to tell her she said 'Shhh.. I know just how you feel.

And if you want to come here with me, then that's all right with me.

'Cause I've been oh so lonely, lovin' someone is a better way to be.

anywhere's a better way to be.'

"The morning come so swiftly but I held her in my arms.

But she slept like a baby, snug and safe from harm.

I did not want to share her with the world or break the mood,

So before she woke I went out and brought us both some food.

"I came back with my paper bag, to find out she was gone.

She'd left a six word letter saying 'It's time that I moved on.'"

The waitress took a bar rag, and she wiped it across her eyes.

And as she spoke her voice came out as something like a sigh.

She said "I wish that I was beautiful, or that you were halfway blind.

And I wish I weren't so dog-gone fat, I wish that you were mine.

And I wish that you'd come with me, when I leave for home.

For we both know all about loneliness, and livin' all alone."

And the little man,

Looked at the empty glass in his hand.

And he smiled a crooked grin,

He said, " I guess I'm out of gin.

And know we both have been so lonely.

And if you want me to come with you, then that's all right with me.

'Cause I know I'm goin' nowhere and anywhere's a better place to be." "

/Lyrics from The Harry Chapin Archive at\

Greta Garbo
Her real name Greta Louisa Gustafsson

This is a photo from the movie "Mata Hari", 1932. it was colorized by me (the black and white photo was taken by an unknown photographer, if you know who they are please let me know for I would love to give them credit), click on it and go to a fan site about her. It is not my site but has some good info and photos ... I hope you enjoy ...

Facebook was recently invaded by a robot army created by four researchers to demonstrate the ease at which online social networks can be maliciously exploited by the unscrupulous.

With a horde of 102 bogus Facebook friends, the University of British Columbia researchers showed that they could harvest personal information on members not publically available on the social network and that its defenses were inadequate to cope with a large scale infiltration.
Quote of the Day

And thus I clothe my naked villainy
With old odd ends, stol'n forth of holy writ;
And seem a saint, when most I play the devil

William Shakespeare

William sure had a way with words didn't he ...
I think this could be any politician talking today about themselves.
Then there is the ole wicked one Mr. Dark... :- )
Enjoy your day and smile every chance you get ...

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C.W. McCall

I remember all the old commercials of the Old Home Fill'er-up an' Keep On-a-Truckin' Café. Here in Tennessee they used it for the Kerns Bread Company if I rememeber right. And even made one of the commercials right here at the old Parkway Drive-In,Maryville,TN. McGore will know where that is, it is right down the road from him. Correct me if I am wrong Mcgore it could of been the Druid Hill. My memory is not the best but I believe that to be right.
C.W. McCall was and still is a great story teller. I loved the Wolf Creek Pass song, well just about all of his songs were number 1 in my book. If you don't know him go to this link and find out more.

Electric Sheep is a collaborative abstract artwork founded by Scott Draves. It's run by thousands of people all over the world, and can be installed on any ordinary PC or Mac. When these computers "sleep", the Electric Sheep comes on and the computers communicate with each other by the internet to share the work of creating morphing abstract animations known as "sheep".

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Another photo I took out in my flower bed ... Verbena makes for great ground cover ....

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

This is my son (really) at his home decorated for a Halloween party ....
My grandsons had built their own haunted house in the garage ... It was fun ... Got to hear wife scream like a little girl again .... Sweet Screams .... :- )

One in 8 Million

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Interesting stories .......  I myself could never live in a big city ....
Each story left me scratching my head and thinking about them.
One lady that walked a lot and I mean a lot .... I think it said some times up to 60 miles in a day. But she only liked to walk in the city ....... Once she went out in the country and walk for awhile and just sat down in a field, ate a sandwich and called a cab....... She didn't like it.  I would be just the opposite, I love getting out and walking around in the mountains or the fields here in East Tennessee......
The one story of the Religious Runaway, I found amazing to listen to.....
I hope you take the time to look and listen to each one of the stories.....  You may find a reflection or the inverse of yourself .

Everyone has a story .......  Wishing each and everyone a really long story of a life......

Such a lovely photo and thoughtful gift from a friend.

I feel that the daisy is the flower of the heart. I always think of my son as he would run out into the fields and pick daisies for his mother and as he got older he would pull his car off to the side of the road and pick daisies for her. It doesn't take much to show love but we sure can make it hard. If you are like me you remember that scribbling on a piece of paper that doesn't look like much but when your child hands it to you with that wonderful smile and pride that says just for you, it becomes more precious than gold or diamonds. It is those things that I remember most and thanks to my friend for dusting off that old memory for me. Here is the Photo, I hope you enjoy and maybe it will bring a memory back for you.

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