Nature Note

Nature Note

Shaping up to be a beautiful September day. Walnuts are starting to fall – loudly when they hit the tin roof of the shed. Hummingbirds are still here, but I expect them to leave any...
The tradition & history of Inaugural balls

The tradition & history of Inaugural balls

“Never have so many paid so much to dance so little.”– Lyndon B. Johnson, about the overcrowded 1965 balls Our president-elect plans to attend 10 Inaugural balls. Do you know when the first Inaugural ball was held? Visit my blog to find...
Civil War Battle of Monterey Pass

Civil War Battle of Monterey Pass

It’s sad how we travel from Point A to Point B these days, our eyes focused on the road ahead, with no thought of the landscape surrounding us. But as I drove to a mall to do some Christmas shopping last weekend I paid attention to the landscape. My shortcut...
Emotions ran deep even after Civil War

Emotions ran deep even after Civil War

I ran across this interesting tidbit and, though it’s a strange time of year for it, thought I would share. See if you can answer the following question: After 1863, in which southern town was the Fourth of July holiday not officially celebrated again until...
The softer side of Lincoln

The softer side of Lincoln

I came across an anecdote about Lincoln meeting General George Pickett’s wife and baby, and thought I would share it. It was found in the book “The Heart of a Soldier: The Intimate Letters from General George E. Pickett to his Wife,” and is told by...
Love and duty during the Civil War

Love and duty during the Civil War

Since I’m pressed for time this week, I thought I’d pull up some old posts that readers might find interesting. This one is about General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson – a man most people would not think of as being a “softie.”...
 

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