Veterans Day Reflections

Each year on November 11th, we observe Veterans Day which had its beginnings with Armistice Day.  The Armistice, that brought an end to World War I, was signed in France, at 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918 which was the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Twenty years later in 1938, Armistice Day becameContinue reading “Veterans Day Reflections”

Letters Home – From a WWII B-17 Crewman

During World War II, letters from home helped increase the morale of our country’s soldiers, sailors and airmen fighting around the world. The amount of mail crossing the Atlantic and Pacific oceans each day was remarkable. In 1945, nearly three billion letters were exchanged between service members and friends and family.1 “Mail call” was one ofContinue reading “Letters Home – From a WWII B-17 Crewman”

A Mother’s Sacrifice

Every year on the second Sunday of May, we celebrate Mother’s Day. A once a year recognition of a mother’s sacrifice just doesn’t seem to bestow the justified tribute a mother deserves. Mothers are on call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Mothers are cooks, maids, ministers, shoppers, teachers, nurses, schedulers, drivers, handywoman,Continue reading “A Mother’s Sacrifice”

The Small World Phenomena

I’ve been watching the fascinating, albeit slow moving, The Curse of Oak Island on the History Channel. This reality television series chronicles a team of treasure hunters and their search for legendary treasure on Oak Island, on the coastal area of Nova Scotia, Canada.  In one of the episodes, a theory was presented that treasure was buried on Oak IslandContinue reading “The Small World Phenomena”

Memorial Day – The Story of Oscar Spaulding

I wish we didn’t have to have Memorial Day, but I’m thankful that we do.  I’m someone saddened these days because I believe we’ve lost the focus and the original intent of Memorial Day. It just seems that Memorial Day weekend is primarily known today for kicking off the beginning of summer. It’s when theContinue reading “Memorial Day – The Story of Oscar Spaulding”

The 21 Steps

You’ve likely concluded from the feature image photographed at Arlington National Cemetery that this post is not one of those self help blueprints. I’m not going to provide the “21 guaranteed steps to early retirement” or the “21 proven steps to loosing weight”. Actually, this post has nothing to do with those kind of “steps”Continue reading “The 21 Steps”

Sons of Liberty

The American Revolution was a war waged on the home-front as horrific battles were fought in each of the thirteen colonial states. The American Revolution was also personal as many American families sacrificed for their newly emerging country. My sixth great-grandparents James and Sarah Spaulding were such a family. How did they sacrifice? They proudlyContinue reading “Sons of Liberty”

Losing the Greatest Generation

The phrase The Greatest Generation was first coined by former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw in his 1998 book by the same name. Brokaw used this phrase to describe the men and women who came of age during World War II. In his book, Brokaw noted that these men and women did not fightContinue reading “Losing the Greatest Generation”

The Forefathers Burying Ground

I’m pretty confident that your bucket list of those “must sees” before your time on earth is up doesn’t include trips to old cemeteries. Skydiving perhaps or an exhilarating bungie jump off a bridge, but sauntering through the grounds of a timeworn cemetery may not be at the top of your “to do” list.  BearContinue reading “The Forefathers Burying Ground”