"Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset." Saint Francis De Sales

Friday, November 18, 2016

Army, Linda & Thanksgiving

1. Last Saturday the Irish Lads faced Army in San Antonio, Texas. The Black Knights did not play well, loosing 44-6. This is another one of those traditional rivalries that is enjoyable to watch each time the two teams meet. After completion of the games, both teams gathered together while each of their supporters sang their school anthems. 

2. My good friend Dick sent these photos to me. 
A shoe car, but I don't know what size it is.
One of my favorites, a VW Camper

3. “The more you observe politics, the more you've got to admit that each party is worse than the other.” Will Rogers

4. Calvin and Hobbes, pirates ..

5. Linda Ronstadt and Kermit singing “When I Grow to Old to Dream.”

6. "Today is the anniversary of the deaths of several people who led risky lives for Jesus.  In the early hours of November 16, 1989, commandos of the Salvadoran armed forces entered the university campus and murdered six Jesuits, together with two women who were sleeping in a parlor attached to their residence. Remember the Jesuits and their friends who were martyred on Nov. 16, 1989 in El Salvador. Remember, pray and always stand up, even when it is risky, against repression and violence."

7. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving Day.

“This Victorian illustration is the work of the very gifted artist, M. Schmucker from around the turn of the century.”

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Notre Dame, Navy & Veterans

1. Saturdays game between the Irish Lads and the Navy Midshipmen was as good as any game I have watched. Ninety games have been played between the two since 1927. This years game being held at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. Both teams scored in each quarter, leaving Navy the winner at 28-27.
I wrote about the “annual intersectional rivalry” on my blog last year. It is a game of tradition and respect between two great teaching institutions. 

2. I completed Ira Bell’s farmhouse. There also a blog showing of my collection of wagons and carts.

3. The elections are over. It is time to put the controversies and other issues behind us. 
We all need to come together, to be thankful for our country, and to pray to God for His blessing as we move forward.

4. Calvin and Hobbes, snowmen in the neighborhood. I was never that creative.

5. Carrie Underwood - Something In the Water. 

6. On November 10, 1969, began the start of a new children’s program, Sesame Street.  The program would introduce new characters that would teach and entertain children and adults. Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Grover, Big Bird, Elmo and Count von Count and many more. Dee and I watched the program with our sons and learned to love Jim Henson’s Muppets. 

Game of Chairs - A Game of Thrones Parody

7. Happy Veterans Day

My photo from the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial in Italy

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

18th Century Wagons and Carts

I have written about showing my complete collection of wagons and carts that I use for gaming. Some of them are recently completed and there a few that were painted back some years ago. I have written about my more recent ones in other blogs.

Starting on the left are three powder carts. One of the carts has a Colonial wagon attendant. He doesn’t represent any particular regiment. Sort of an extra figure that has earned a spot on the table. In the background is a water wagon. 

The center has a dowel sided baggage wagon with a civilian wagon attendant.

On the right are three baggage carts, one with a civilian wagon attendant. In the back is an ox cart which I’ve had for many years. It was originally used for the Anglo Saxon-Viking period. It fits well with the rest of my collection and I've thought about getting another one.

All of them are from Hinchcliffe Miniatures. I haven’t thought about adding any more. However, if I spot something that is different from what I have, it will probably be added.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Holy Days, Durham and Annie

1. The Irish Lads faced Miami on Saturday and managed to “pull one out.” This Saturday they face Navy. I enjoy watching the games every year and have not missed many. It doesn’t matter who wins, it’s the history of the games that make it fun.  
The Richmond Spiders are at 7-1. Only three games to go and two of them are at home.
Go Spiders!

2. This is a quote sent from Sister Claire, a close friend of my buddy Jim. 

“A great source of peace and comfort is knowing that we have a cheering section in heaven: the saints! Like us, they come from every walk of life, every different set of circumstances, every age group, and every part of the world. Like us, they struggled with the difficulties of life, but they held on to God's love and grace, and they made it through their struggles. They never lost hope that God would take care of them in every circumstance.

We tend to idealize the saints, but once we get to know them, we realize that they have a lot in common with us. They relied on the same strength from God that also sustains us. The saints cheer for us because they love us, they help us with their prayers, and they want nothing more than for us to join them in everlasting joy.

As we look forward to All Saints Day, let us be grateful for the gift of the saints, who show us how to persevere in our own spiritual journeys.”

3. The Feast of All Souls provides us an opportunity to pray for loved ones, friends and anyone else who have left this world. At our church we prayed for the 26 souls who departed this earth over the last year. There is a cross of remembrance that is handed out to each family by Father John. A church community supporting each other.

Our prayer for the evening: 

“Eternal rest grant unto Your servants, Oh Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.”

4. Calvin and Hobbes, watching for incoming aliens.

5. Dee and I visited the American Tobacco Historic District while we were in Durham, N.C. last week. It is a beautiful place to visit and we enjoyed lunch at a terrific restaurant, Tyler’s Taproom.

6. Randy Travis - “Shallow Water.” This is a beautiful gospel tune.

7. On October 24, 1901, Annie Edson Taylor made history by being the first person to go over Niagara Falls and living to talk about it. Her statement, after exiting the barrel;
“If it was with my dying breath, I would caution anyone against attempting the feat…. I would sooner walk up to the mouth of a cannon, knowing it was going to blow me to pieces than make another trip over the Fall.”

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