Thank You for Your Service

When I was a kid, we learned this poem in grade school. It has stuck with me all these years. Remember to thank the vets for their service, not just today, but every day. In Flanders Fields John McCrae In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead.... Read more →

Thank You For Your Service

Today Americans and Canadians honor those who serve in the military; those who protect and defend us from those who would harm us. There are lots of vets in my own family. My great-uncle Earl served in World War I. My Pop and my father-in-law served in World War II. My cousin served in Korea. My brother served in Vietnam. I am grateful for their service and for the service of all who serve, men... Read more →

Revelry At Renn Fest

Yesterday I took the lovely and talented Deb up on her offer to get together and off we went to the Maryland Renaissance Festival. We had a blast! We actually had A Plan, which was to see as many shows as possible, interspersed with eating and drinking. Notice that I did not mention "shopping." While I enjoy browsing in the shops, I have learned that I really have no need for a snood or a... Read more →


SOS -- that stands for Shitpile of Snow, which is what we are supposed to get over the next 36 hours or so. The forecasters are calling for a minimum (yes, minimum) of 14 inches of the white stuff, so it looks like we will have a White Christmas for the first time in years. Naturally, everyone is stocking up on toilet paper, milk, and bread. We have plenty of each just because we normally... Read more →

Exploring the Sant Ocean Hall

I mentioned in the last post that Joe took me on a private tour of the Sant Ocean Hall, where he's a volunteer docent. It's magnificent! I loved the living coral reef, with Nemo and Dory swimming around the brilliant coral. Psychedelic! I even loved the male giant squid, hanging head down in his case. His is a face -- if you can call it a face -- that only his mother could love. He's... Read more →

I Still Need A Spellchecker, Though

Congratulations to the winner of the National Spelling Bee! I'm fond of the spelling bee kids. I really am, because I was one. I've always been a good speller. Even in grade school I used to kick at in the classroom spelling bees. Once, when I was in third or maybe fourth grade, won the classroom bee and progressed to the school bee. The principal, Sister Donelda, called the words. At one point, my word... Read more →

Hope Over Fear

"What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility, a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task." Welcome, Mr. President. Read more →

Yes I Did!

Joe and I arrived at the polls at just after 7:00, as the doors opened and people started streaming in. The place was packed! I checked my watch as soon as I took my place in line: 7:15 am. After about 15 minutes, I had advanced up to the first turn in the sidewalk. I wondered how many people had joined the line in back of me. Holy moley! The line stretched so far back... Read more →