"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, September 27, 2013

My Slow Takes (Vol. 115)

1. Richmond Spiders are now at 2-2 with their win over Liberty.
The Irish Lads go to 3-1 winning an exciting game over Michigan State.

2. My friend Jerry was in an auto accident on Saturday and he and his wife Judith need your prayers please. He sustained two fractured ribs, multiple cuts, bruises, lacerations to his liver, possible adrenal gland and bruised heart.  Also his left arm was badly injured.

3. Our Verizon connection box couldn’t take the power outage we faced Saturday afternoon. It stopped working on Sunday, but a replacement was installed on Monday. Good work Verizon. 

4. An “Old Glory” figure painted as a Coureur de Bois from the French and Indian War. My family migrated to Canada probably during the seventeen century. Following the trend of many French-Canadians one of my relatives married into the Ojibwa Indians.

5. I made a change to my blog. A new template with a different color. 
6. The NCIS season premier was this week and it was good. Richard Parsons is now a “good guy,” saving Gibbs life. Very interesting.  
7. Dee and I watched “The Blacklist.” James Spader as Raymond Reddington is excellent. I also liked his role in the “Boston Legal” teaming up with William Shanter. 

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Friday, September 20, 2013

My Slow Takes (Vol. 114)

1. Some early American history notes this week, starting with the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. This battle took place outside the city of Quebec on September 13, 1759. It was a victory for England and the deciding factor to end the French and Indian war in North American. 

The French were led by Lieutenant-General Louis-Joseph Marquis de Montcalm, an excellent leader who was loved by his men. He was successful against the British, taking two forts in New York, Oswego and Fort William Henry. When the British attempted to take Fort Carillon (Fort Ticonderoga), he defended it, securing the path into Canada until 1759. The Marquis was killed defending the city of Quebec.

The English were led by Major-General James Wolfe. Successful in his actions at Louisbourg in 1757, he was offered the command to take Quebec in January of 1759. He died at the battle knowing that he had defeated the French. 
The Death of General Wolfe by Benjamin West 1770
2. A small battle took place on September 14,1763 near the Niagara Gorge in New York. It is referred to as the Devil’s Hole Massacre, and occurred during Pontiac’s Rebellion. About 300 Seneca warriors and a detachment of the British 80th Regiment Light Infantry were involved. Over 80 British soldiers were killed before they were able to retreat back to Fort Niagara.
3. On September 16, 1776 the Battle of Harlem Heights took place in New York. General George Washington had been slowly retreating north from New York City with the British close behind. The British were feeling confident and had their buglers play a fox hunting call known as “gone away.” Washington was insulted and turned his troops on the offensive, pushing back the British. It was his “first battlefield victory.”  

4. Please pray for the people of the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard. The survivors, family, friends, the medical and law enforcement agencies and for the souls of those who are now with God.

5. I have added a page to my blog, “My Coffee Mugs.” Thank you to Dwija at “House Unseen.” She has a page entitled “Mug Shots.” I liked the idea and added one showing my mug collection.
6. College football continues, some good and some not so good. The Richmond Spiders are now 1-2 and the Irish Lads are 2-1. More games this weekend. Spiders play Liberty at home and Notre Dame hosts Michigan State.
7. I own a NOOK, from Barnes & Noble. It is my portable library and I use it continuously. Well I use it a lot. I set up a Barnes & Noble account because you need one to download your “NOOK Books.” I also receive emails because I want to be kept current as what is going on with Barnes & Noble. However, there are many emails that offer discounts for books. Not “NOOK Books,” just the regular printed editions. Why? Is the profit margin too low to discount the “NOOK Books?” Do I not buy enough eBooks? Does Kindle and iPad also do this? It would be nice to get a discount at least once a year, perhaps twice to show their appreciation for my support. Just my two cents. 
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Friday, September 13, 2013

My Slow Takes (Vol. 113)

1. Dee and I joined our friends in Duck, N.C. last week. Spent the time enjoying the sun, friendship, excellent food and plenty of laughter. The photo below is the morning sun. (Used my iPhone.) The one of Dee is using a Nikon CoolPix S9100.

2. Dee takes terrific photos. This one and the following four are taken with her Nikon CoolPix S9100. This is her small travel camera, her primary camera is a Nikon D3200.

Walkway in repair on the sound side. My favorite.
3. This is taken from the boardwalk along the sound side. My second favorite.

4. The Chapel, also along the boardwalk. 

5. This is our vacation home with me walking returning from our morning walk.

6. Brother Lou relaxing poolside.

7. There are not many Mom's who would enjoy visiting historic battle fields or forts. My wife Dee is one of those, although she has put up with a couple. Helene Stapinski wrote this article on her visit to Fort Ticonderoga. It has a lot of information and plenty of photos.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

My Slow Takes (Vol. 112)

1.  Tuck at Denbigh Church of Church states, “We want to be loyal to God, we want to love other people, and we want have a witness to the world. Sometimes it very difficult to do all these things at the same time.” He questions that if something is sinful do we require a law because we interpret it as illegal? Please take the time to read his article.

2. The Richmond Spiders started the season with a win. It was somewhat one sided, 34-0. Their next opponent is N.C. State, Saturday the seventh.  

3. Notre Dame’s win over Temple was a little closer, 28-6. The next game, against Michigan will be a good workout for the Irish Lads.

4. The Washington Post has some interesting statistics about the race for Governor in Virginia.

“A Quinnipiac University survey released recently made clear both candidates’ challenges. The poll found that 34 percent of likely voters viewed McAuliffe favorably, 33 percent unfavorably and 31 percent didn’t know enough about him to have an opinion. Cuccinelli’s appeal was dimmer: His rating was 35 percent favorable and 41 percent unfavorable, with 22 percent unsure.”
I am still seeing ads that have Cuccunelli and McAuliffe berating each other.  I am in the 33 and 22 percentile of the survey being unsure about both of them. Perhaps I should consider Robert Sarvis, a Libertarian. Just a thought.
5. Donald Featherstone died Tuesday. (1918-2013) Wikipedia has details on Donald’s contribution to historical wargaming.

6. 3 D Street Art, Rennes, France.

7. A unique bathroom accessory.

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