Monday, May 29, 2017

Remember the Fallen

Memorial Day: Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. 

 Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

There Is Nothing Lower

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Heat Lightning (Outlaw Ridge, Texas Book 1) by [Reeves, Joan]Heat Lightning (Outlaw Ridge, Texas Book 1) - Kindle edition by Joan Reeves. Romance Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.  Secrets, lies, passion. What Tessa doesn't remember may mean the death of her.


Her husband found her, claimed her, rescued her. David’s touch makes Tessa throb. Desire flashes between them like heat lightning on a summer night. Her body knows David, but when she looks at him, he is a stranger to her. Not a flicker of memory is left of him or their life together since she awakened from a coma.

Amnesia has left her with nothing but questions. Who is she? Why does David seem to hate her even as he pulls her into his arms? What is he hiding? How can she trust him when her gut says, Trust no one?

Laundry Day

From the very beginning of our marriage, Judy and I shared the household chores.  We never had any discussion about it.  It just seemed natural for me to do some things and for her to do others, either because of inclination or scheduling.  So for the first six years of our marriage, I was the laundry guy.  The first apartment house we lived in even had a clothesline, and I'd hang out some of the clean items to dry on the line, mainly sheets and pillowcases.

When we moved to Brownwood and bought our first house, Judy took over the laundry.  We had our own washer and dryer, and Judy was no longer working, so it seemed only natural.  I've forgotten what day she preferred to wash, but after we moved to Alvin, Tuesday became laundry day.  The reason was that we liked to have the weekends free, and most of the other days were Judy's days for playing bridge.

With doing the laundry came other chores, like folding the clothes, putting them away, and making the bed.  Judy was the folder, and she put the clothes away.  She'd often make the bed, but I usually helped with that.  In later years, I always helped or did it myself because she often wasn't up to it.  

Now Saturday is my laundry day because I don't go anywhere on the weekends, and it's a slow day for the most part.  I do the folding and make the bed, too, which finally brings me to the point of this post.  When Judy and I made the bed, she'd do "her side" and I'd do "my side."  Yesterday I was putting on the top sheet and looked across the bed.  For just a fraction of a second, I could see Judy there on her side, just as plain as day, looking just the way she did more than fifty years ago in our first apartment.  She wore the same house dress she often wore then, and while holding the top edge of the sheet in her left hand, she swept her right hand down from the top of the bed to the bottom and side to smooth the sheet just exactly the way she always did.  And then she was gone.  

Song of the Day

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I Miss the Old Days

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

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Force of Habit by [Bell, James Scott]Force of Habit - Kindle edition by James Scott Bell. Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.  A vigilante nun cleans up the streets of Los Angeles. Sinners beware.

Gregg Allman, R. I. P.

Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band dies at age 69: SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Music legend Gregg Allman, whose bluesy vocals and soulful touch on the Hammond B-3 organ helped propel the Allman Brothers Band to superstardom and spawn Southern rock, died Saturday, a publicist said. He was 69.  

Hat tip to John Duke.

Jim Bunning, R. I. P.

ABC15 Arizona: SOUTHGATE, Ky. -- Former U.S. senator and baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning has died, Cincinnati-based WCPO news partner Fort Thomas Matters reports.

The Moses Deception -- Stephen Mertz

Back in the old days I read several books about discoveries that would change the Bible and change the world.  One of them was Robert Duncan's The Q Document, and another was Irving Wallace's The Word.  I like things like that, so I'm the target audience for The Moses Deception, in which a couple of archaeologists, Adam Chase and Lara Newton working along the Turkey/Syria border and are shown a cave that contains the nuclear bomb of all archaeological discoveries: the remnants of the tablets that contained the first version of the Ten Commandments.  The big revelation is that there was an eleventh commandment, and if it's genuine it will indeed change the world.  That is, it will if Adam and Lara can survive bandit gangs and all the other people who are trying to kill them.

Stephen Mertz is an expert action writer, and The Moses Deception is filled with intriguing characters, pursuits, escapes, slam-bang action, and suspense.  Chase's motto is "trust no one," but you have to trust someone now and then.  That can get people killed, and it does.  You never now when someone's going to die, or who's to blame.  It's not surprising to find this in a Mertz novel.  What surprised me was the serious discussion of religion and belief, something that you don't generally find in novels of action and adventure.  This is good stuff and The Moses Deception is a book you'll want to check out for sure.

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I'm Sure You'll All Agree

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I wrote a short story about #5, which should, of course, be #1.

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Over 5000 Historical Novels Listed by Time and Place

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Forgotten Hits: May 27th

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Al Franken: By the Book

Al Franken: By the Book: The author of “Al Franken: Giant of the Senate” has at least one Congressional Research Service report on his night stand. “But it’s under Carl Reiner’s book on ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show.’”