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Veterans’ Day 2014

Armistice Day, Veterans’ Day, Remembrance Day

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month…

In Flanders Fields

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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. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Written by Lt-Colonel John McRae (1915)

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Fall Back This Weekend

Once again it’s time for Daylight Saving Time. Turn your clocks back before you go to sleep Saturday night, or at 2 a.m. if you’re still up.

I remember my younger days and loving the extra hour at the bars!

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1001 + Housewife How-to’s BOOK!

Katie Berry, author of Housewife How-To’s, brings us a useful book of tips that are arranged in categories: cooking, cleaning, laundry and clothing, organizing, saving money, and more! Each category has subcategories to make finding a tip to suit your need easy. I found myself wanting to click a “like” button on many of these.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book.

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Cousins

I’ve been doing some genealogy recently and here’s some information about cousin relationships.

There are two different parts to the relationship definition. One is the degree of cousinship; first, second, third, fourth, etc. The second is the remove; once removed, twice removed, thrice or three times removed, etc.

Here is the degree:

First cousins share one set of grandparents. Grandpa and Grandma have more than one child. The children of those children are first cousins.
Second cousins share a set of great-grandparents. Your children and your cousin’s children are second cousins.
Third cousins share a set of great-great-grandparents. Your grandchildren and your cousin’s grandchildren are third cousins.
Fourth cousins share a set of great-great-great-grandparents. Your great-grandchildren and your cousin’s great-grandchildren are fourth cousins.

This continues on generation after generation.

Now for the removes.

Each remove is a generation. Your cousin’s children are your first cousins, once removed. They are your childrens’ second cousins.
Your cousin’s grandchildren are your first cousins, twice removed. They are your childrens’ second cousins, once removed. They are your grandchildrens‘  third cousins.
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So I Went to Walmart And This Happened…

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An employee said no one had any idea why this Mariachi band was playing there, but it might have been a prank on someone.

Unexpected, but it made the Walmart trip fun.

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In the Mail

Down Solo, a novel of suspense by Earl Javorsky

 

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People’s Climate March

Here’s a link to a video of Michelle Fields interviewing Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. at the People’s Climate March in New York City over the weekend.

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He talks about the Evil Koch Brothers™ quite a bit. It’s amazing how much those two men control!

Thanks Michelle!

Transcript below the fold.

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