I love Christmas music, Christmas decorations, family gatherings, the aroma of simmering wassail, and snow. While Christmas music and decorations occurring earlier each year cause some to cringe; it brings a holiday cheer to my senses and a smile to my face. I generally put up Christmas decorations the weekend following Thanksgiving and don’t take them down until well after Christmas. I’m perplexed at those who no longer turn on their Christmas lights on December 26th. Christmas season doesn’t end like the slamming of a door.
Christmas is the time of year when Christians celebrate… Continue reading
One Man; What Difference can one make?
Squanto: Pawtuxet Indian born around 1592, a hundred years after what? Columbus 1492 – sailed the ocean blue.
1605 he was captured, taken to England, treated well, taught English language and customs—the likely plan was to make him a guide for New World explorers.
1614 during return to America was abducted and taken to Spain to be sold as a slave where he was providentially purchased by Franciscan Friars and, you guessed it, returned to the New World…1619.
Early 1620 makes his way to the area of his birth, near Plymouth. Most… Continue reading
The following from the website of Resurrecting Lives…www.resurrectinglives.org
For 150 years, American citizens have been honoring military members who have sacrificed their lives for our freedoms. Memorial Day, or Decoration Day, as it was formerly known, began in 1868 as a formal day of honor and gratitude to our dead defenders. Resurrecting Lives Foundation is deeply grateful for all those military members who have done what was necessary to secure our most basic rights.
Various versions of this poem have appeared in emails and on the internet, and we are proud to share here… Continue reading
Regulations, Taxes, and Fees.
Regulations are necessary in order to provide appropriate balance and protection.
Most homes have water pressure valves that regulate the water pressure coming into the home providing enough pressure to run appliances but not so much as to damage the appliances or burst pipe fittings and joints. Too much regulation and appliances don’t work properly, too little regulation and the plumbing fails and nothing works. There’s a balance.
Work place regulations are subject to the same principle. Regulations are necessary in order to assure a safe working environment. The difference with the work place is the… Continue reading
The following is the sales sheet for the upcoming book STIHL American.
Being present when the first Stihls arrived at Crader Distributing in 1959, attending his first Stihl Distributor meeting in 1966, and having had the privilege and opportunity to first observe and then participate in Stihl’s American success, and having published three novels, Stan Crader is uniquely qualified to write the story of Stihl’s reintroduction into the American market.
Stan came of age in rural Missouri in the heart of hard wood country. For years the harvested oaks have provided the staves for the world’s best… Continue reading
The following is an excerpt from the upcoming book, “Stihl American.”
For twenty years Etta Whyte waited at home for her husband’s safe return. Al Whyte, a graduate of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police School, comparable to America’s advanced FBI training, served on Vancouver, British Columbia’s police force for over twenty years before joining Titan. Al was Titan’s sales engineer responsible for Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Since the new position was with an American company and working in America, Al, Etta, and their eight year old son moved a few miles south, across the Washington state line.
After gaining considerable… Continue reading
Genealogy is always tedious and rarely interesting, especially when it deals with an unrelated family. We now know that genetics play a significant role in our health and behavior. It’s easy to recognize the effects of genetics in animals–retrievers naturally retrieve, beagles chases rabbits, and chihuahuas bark. The same natural tendencies occur in humans.
The Bryan’s have traced their genealogy all the way back to Sir Francis Bryan, who served as Governor General of Ireland 1549. The following reads like something out of the book of Numbers, but is representative of the journey of many American families. Francis was the… Continue reading
If there’d been hyphenated Americans in the twenties, Greg Bobeen would have been born a Bohemian-American, but as it was, he was simply born American, 1925 in Troy, Missouri, long before the rhapsody made famous by the rock band Queen hit charts celebrating Bohemian heritage.
Greg was born into a family of farmers and would have grown up to be a farmer had it not been for the great depression, which cost his family the farm. Having learned all he felt he needed to accomplish his life goals, or possibly to provide for his struggling family,… Continue reading
On April 11, 1836, the two cannons known as “The Twin Sisters” were finally delivered to Sam Houston’s Army as it continued its movements across Texas toward San Jacinto and glory. The guns had been purchased by the people of Cincinnati, Ohio after those fine folks had donated the funds to purchase them in November, 1835. They were cast in Cincinnati, shipped to New Orleans, labeled “hollow ware” to avoid suspicion, then sent to Galveston. They were named “The Twin Sisters” after the twin daughters of Doctor Charles Rice. They played a key role at the Battle of San Jacinto… Continue reading