Thursday, September 23, 2004

Excitement - Kid Style

Why is it that kids are so excited by homestead emergencies? I got up this morning, let the dog out, and noticed a water line along the side of my house. I thought "Strange, it didn't rain last night, I wonder why there's water standing on my patio?" About that time, Miss Amanda (6) came running to me, eyes wild with excitement, and started happily screaming about the "water ALL OVER the kitchen!" I went to the kitchen, and lo and behold, she was right. There was about an inch of water in my kitchen! As I was darting about, getting every towel in the house to start soaking the mess, "A" followed me around, begging to call daddy because SHE wanted to be the one to break the joyous news (yup, pipes burst when he's gone). She was so excited, you would have thought it was Chrismas morning, and she had gotten the pony she's always wanted.

Next, Jonathan (12) decided to investigate the situation. He went to the laundry room located next to the kitchen, peeked behind the washing machine, and started hopping wildly about the room and laughing because the busted pipe behind the washing machine squirted him in the face.

Ha, ha, ha. Oh joy!

As A and J were hopping around and laughing, I turned my attention to David (4) who was splashing wildly in the water. Whoopeeeee! We're at Splashtown!

I'm just glad they didn't decide to make bubbles.....

Thursday, August 12, 2004

How the D-Day Invasion Would Be Reported by Today's Media

This is another great email I received from my brother-in-law.


June 6, 1944

NORMANDY-Three hundred French civilians were killed and thousands more wounded today in the first hours of America's invasion of continental Europe. Casualties were heaviest among women and children.Most of the French casualties were the result of artillery fire from American ships attempting to knock out German fortifications prior to the landing of hundreds of thousands of U.S.troops. Reports from a makeshift hospital in the French town of St. Mere Eglise said the carnage was far worse than the French had anticipated and reaction against the American invasion was running high. "We are dying for no reason," said a Frenchman speaking on condition of anonymity. "Americans can't even shoot straight. I never thought I'd say this, but life was better under Adolph Hitler."

The invasion also caused severe environmental damage. American troops, tanks, trucks and machinery destroyed miles of pristine shoreline and thousands of acres of ecologically sensitive wetlands. It was believed that the habitat of the spineless French crab was completely wiped out, threatening the species with extinction. A representative of Greenpeace said his organization, which had tried to stall the invasion for over a year, was appalled at the destruction, but not surprised. "This is just another example of how the military destroys the environment without a second thought," said Christine Moanmore. "And it's all about corporate greed."

Contacted at his Manhattan condo, a member of the French government-in-exile who abandoned Paris when Hitler invaded said the invasion was based solely on American financial interests. "Everyone knows the President Roosevelt has ties to big beer," said Pierre Le Wimp. "Once the German beer industry is conquered, Roosevelt's beer cronies will control the world market and make a fortune.

"Administration supporters said America's aggressive actions were based in part on the assertions of controversial scientist Albert Einstein, who sent a letter to Roosevelt speculating that the Germans were developing a secret weapon, a so-called "atomic bomb." Such a weapon could produce casualties on a scale never seen before and cause environmental damage that could last for thousands of years. Hitler has denied having such a weapon and international inspectors were unable to locate such weapons even after spending two long weekends in Germany.

Shortly after the invasion began, reports surfaced that German prisonershad been abused by Americans. Mistreatment of Jews by Germans atso-called "concentration camps" has been rumored but so far, remainsunproven. Several thousand Americans died during the first hours of the invasion and French officials are concerned that uncollected corpses pose a public health risk. "The Americans should have planned for this in advance." they said. "It's their mess and we don't intend to clean it up!"

Wednesday, August 04, 2004


I got this in an email from my brother-in-law:

If any of you have ever been to a military funeral in which taps were played; this brings out a new meaning of it. Here is something EVERY AMERICAN should know. Until I read this, I didn't know...


We in the United States have all heard the haunting song, "Taps." It's the song that gives us that lump in our throats and usually tears in our eyes. But, do you know the story behind the song? If not, I think you will be interested to find out about its humble beginnings.

Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison's Landing in Virginia. The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land.

During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention.

Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment. When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead. The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier. It was his own son.

The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out. Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army. The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status. His request was only partially granted. The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral. The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate.

But, out of respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician. The Captain chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth's uniform. This wish was granted. The haunting melody, we now know as "Taps”... used at military funerals was born. The words are:

Day is done ... Gone the sun ... From the lakes ... From the hillsFrom the sky... All is well.
Safely rest ... God is nigh.Fading light... Dims the sight. And a star ... Gems the sky.
Gleaming bright ... From afar ... Drawing nigh... Falls the night.
Thanks and praise ... For our days ... Neath the sun.
Neath the stars...Neath the sky.
As we go...This we know.
God is nigh..

I, too, have felt the chills while listening to "Taps" but I have never seen all the words to the song until now. I didn't even know there was more than one verse. I also never knew the story behind the song and I didn't know if you had either so I thought I'd pass it along. I now have an even deeper respect for the song than I did before.


And also those presently serving.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

What's in a word?

OK, Jen.  I told you it was coming and here it is.

Isn't it amazing how many interpretations of a word you can have based on intonation?  For example:

What = Oh, my God!
What = Stop bothering me, can't you see I'm busy!?
What = You're scaring me...
What = Um, I'm feeling really ignorant right now.

See what I mean? 

Have you ever noticed that some people sound exceptionally harsh in their emails or blogs without meaning to?  It's just because you can't HEAR how they're expressing themselves.

Amazing how important hearing is, huh?