"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

Saturday, August 20, 2016

USCG, Critique & Aristotle

1. The United States Coast Guard celebrates its 226th year of service. Read more about their history on the “Coast Guard Compass.”

3. “Alone Yet Not Alone” movie review by Jordan Jachim. There are two sections to Jordan’s review about this movie. Part one and part two both contain historical information as well as the “Hollywood interpretation.” The movie takes place during the French and Indian War. The critique is excellent. I enjoy Jordan’s blog because of his love of history and the honesty and details he provides in his reviews.

4. Richmond Spider football begins September 3, 2016 and the Irish Lads begin September 4, 2016. A great weekend of college football.

5. This is from Anthony DeCristofaro at Your Daily Tripod.

"Last week, legendary New Orleans clarinetist Pierre Dewey “Pete” Fountain, Jr., (1930-2016) died.  Although there are many Dixieland, jazz and honky-tonk tunes he performed that will remain in my mind, at the top of that list is this one (“Just A Closer Walk with Thee”):"

6. “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”

7. Alan Jackson - "He Stopped Loving Her Today.” I know this is a George Jones tune, but I love Alan’s edition the best.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Smithson, Polls & Mr. Wilde

1. On August 10, 1846 the Smithsonian Institution was established in Washington, D.C.
The funds for the Institution were given to the United States by James Smithson. The condition of the gift was for the establishment of the Smithsonian Institution “for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” 

This is a photo by R.A. White taken in 2002. Description here.

2. Well, just when everything seemed to be working well, we developed some “connection” issues on our television boxes. Fortunately our Internet provider was quick to resolve the problem. The technician found a bad part under the house from the original installation. Things get old and need to replaced. Now, the man was diligent in his detective work of locating this one small part. He was considerate, informative and apologized for the inconvenience. It’s nice to know that there are people who take pride in their work. My thanks to him, and he did get an excellent rating from me.

3. Just in case you haven’t seen this, it is labeled as “The Only Flag That Doesn’t Fly.” Thank you to my good friend Mike.

4. The news media keeps us informed as to the percentage of people who support our two candidates. I located the following website, “Real Clear Politics” which has a breakdown by poll. If Mrs. Clinton continues to lead does tha mean Mr. Trump will probably not get elected? Are we being told we really don’t have to vote?

5. I’ve finished another building for the village of Briartun. I posted it here on Wednesday.

6. “Keep love in your heart, A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” Oscar Wilde

7. Amy Grant - “Bartenders Blues”

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Ira Bell’s Barn

I finished Ira Bell’s barn this week. This is a photo of him and his dog, Rusty. Ira likes the barn, but he is still waiting for me to finish the farmhouse. That should be next on the project list.

I chose the red oxide color based on my research of barns in Colonial America. Some reference info here at "Dead Star Barn," and "Historic Period Interior Design and Home Decor."

The barn is a reproduction of Brawner’s Barn which played a part in the Second Battle of Bull Run. I purchased the barn and the farmhouse from JR Miniatures some years back and never got around to painting them.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Ira Aten, Loyalty & Jay Leno

1. A storm came through Sunday evening and knocked out our landline, television and Internet. Fortunately we did not loose power. Our provider sent a technician out on Monday and he replaced the unit outside the house. The storm knocked out the unit, but not the rest of the house. Thank you Lord.

2. Ira Aten was a Texas Ranger from 1882 to 1889. He died on August 5, 1953 at the age of 89. Ira was inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame. You can read about him here.

3. When I think of the word “loyalty,” it brings to mind an allegiance to a person. I have visions of knights and kings, or comrades in arms or my vow of marriage. So when I watch what is going on in this election process I wonder if anyone has any true loyalty. Perhaps there is only the quest of power, the sin of greed or selfishness. Just my $.02. 
4. Yard work was more time consuming this week. I didn’t realize how many leaves and branches were blown about by Sunday’s storm. However, I enjoyed working outside and, I completed everything.
5. Vacation Bible School at our Church finished today. Dee was the photographer all week and her photos were used in the closing ceremony. Our two grandchildren attended, one as a participant and one as an aid. I enjoyed watching all the children sing at the closing, marveling at the hard work of the staff in preparing the ceremony.
6. Jay Leno once said, “If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.” 
7. Kris Kristofferson - “Why Me”

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