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Canada Day


My apologies to my Canadian followers and a belated Happy Canada Day. I thought I reblogged this, but just learned I hadn’t. Loved the symphony.

Originally posted on Pacific Paratrooper:

Have a Great Canada Day Neighbors !!!
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On July 1, 1867, Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain and a federation of four provinces: Nova Scotia; New Brunswick; Ontario; and Quebec. The anniversary of this date was called Dominion Day until 1982. Since 1983, July 1 has been officially known as Canada Day.


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Summer Hazards and Writing Helps

It’s rather hard to imagine those two concepts going together. I saw this posted on WebMD and was more intrigued by how to get away from a bear than anything else. Presently, I don’t have any of my characters running into a bear, but it certainly will be helpful to know how to write him/her out of danger. There’s a lot here that can help us humans survive the summer and help our characters any time of the year. I hope you all have a safe summer. Happy Independence Day!!

Your Feet Waited All Winter
We get it: It’s too hot for other shoes. But if you can bend your flip-flop in half, it’s too flimsy to support your foot. The best ones are sturdy and made of high-quality leather.
Flip-flops are fine for the beach, the pool, and the locker room, where they can stomp out athlete’s foot. But don’t run, walk long distances, or play sports in them. You could sprain an ankle.

Run-in With a Bear
You’re not likely to cross hiking paths with a bear. But if one sees you and takes notice:
•    Make yourself look as big as you can.
•    Speak calmly in low tones.
•    Wave your arms slowly so it sees that you’re not prey.
•    Move away. Go slow — don’t run. Head sideways.
•    Don’t turn your back.

Mowing Injuries
You just wanted to cut your grass! But those sharp blades move fast. Thousands of people each year are injured using lawn mowers.
Keep your mower in good repair. Always shut it off before you check problems.
Don’t use your hands to clear debris from the blades. Protect your eyes, legs, hands, and feet.

Is That a Shark Fin?
You should worry more about sunburn than sharks. It only takes a few tips to stay safe:
•    Avoid being in the water at twilight, when sharks are most active.
•    Don’t go in the water if you’re bleeding.
•    Don’t wear shiny jewelry when you swim. It could look like fish scales to a shark.
•    Know that sharks are sometimes near the shore. Sandbars can trap them close to the beach at low tide.

Are You Sure You Want to Eat That?
We love a good picnic. But not so much if the mayo sits out too long.
•    Keep cold foods cold.
•    Don’t keep any foods at room temperature longer than 2 hours — or 1 hour if it’s warmer than 90 degrees.
•    Don’t reuse platters that have held raw meat until you wash them thoroughly.

Ocean Dangers
Rip currents can pull even strong swimmers out to sea. Shore breaks happen when waves break directly onto the beach, and they can cause spinal cord injuries in surfers.
Choose a beach with a lifeguard, who can tell you about water conditions.
Sneaker waves, found on the West Coast, come out of nowhere and sweep away people standing on dry land. Although most common in winter, they can strike when weather is sunny and calm. Never turn your back on the ocean.

Brain-Eating Amoeba
This tiny organism lives in lakes, rivers, and hot springs. It enters through your nose and can cause a rare, fatal brain infection.
The only way to prevent infection is to avoid swimming in warm fresh water. If you do get in the water, don’t put your head under. You can also reduce the risk by wearing nose clips, especially if you are going to jump in, which can send water up your nose.

What’s summer without outdoor cooking? Just follow some simple rules:
•    Keep your grill away from buildings and branches.
•    Don’t let grease build up.
•    Never leave your grill unattended.
•    Keep kids and pets away.
Does yours use propane? Test for leaks before the season starts. If you ever smell gas while you’re cooking, get away from the grill and call the fire department.

West Nile Virus
Mosquitoes are more than a bother. They can spread West Nile virus. Most people who get the virus have no symptoms at all. But very serious and sometimes fatal illness can happen in less than 1% of those infected.
The only way to avoid West Nile is to avoid mosquito bites. Wear mosquito repellent and, if weather permits, long pants and long sleeves outside from dusk to dawn.
At home, get rid of standing water in birdbaths, buckets, and tire swings. They’re breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Ouch, My Foot!
One minute you’re strolling barefoot. The next, you’re in pain. Puncture wounds happen more often in summer, when bare feet meet nails, glass, toothpicks, and seashells.
The biggest problem is infection. Heat, swelling, and drainage are signs that need quick medical attention. You may also need to update your tetanus shot.

Always wear sunscreen. Avoid the sun’s strongest rays during the middle of the day. Wear clothes that protect your arms and legs, and a hat that shields your face, ears, and neck. Reapply sunscreen every 3 hours, or more often if you get sweaty or swim. (There is no such thing as waterproof sunscreen.) Remember, even a tan is sun damage.

Extreme Heat
It’s hot! That’s not just uncomfortable. It can make you sick. Take special care with children and the elderly, because their bodies don’t cool as well.
Wear loose clothes, don’t exercise at the hottest part of the day, and stay hydrated. Symptoms of heat-related illness may include cramps, nausea, and pale moist skin. Go to a cooler place, drink fluids, and put cool cloths on the skin. If you are not getting better or if you have more serious symptoms such as high fever, fast heart rate, warm and dry skin, confusion, change in behavior, or convulsions, call 911.

Pool Risks
Teach kids to swim, always watch them closely at the pool, and keep pools fenced.  Don’t mix drinking with fun in and around the water. Alcohol affects your balance and judgment.

The Rib


I’m pretty sure God was visible to Adam and Eve in the garden. Other than that, this is a lovely story for Faith Filled Friday.

Originally posted on Morning Story and Dilbert:

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July 24, 2004

When I created the heavens and the earth, I spoke them into being. When I created man, I formed him and breathed life into his nostrils.

But you woman, I fashioned after I breathed the breath of life into man because your nostrils are too delicate. I allowed a deep sleep to come over him so I could patiently and perfectly fashion you.

Man was put to sleep so that he could not interfere with the creativity. From one bone I fashioned you. I chose the bone that protects man’s life.

I chose the rib, which protects his heart and lungs and supports him, as you are meant to do. Around this one bone I shaped you. I modeled you. I created you perfectly and beautifully.

Your characteristics are as the rib, strong yet delicate and fragile. You provide protection for the most delicate organ…

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Americus, Georgia, 1941

Originally posted on RAF 23 Squadron:

There are very few pictures of a PT-17 flying over Americus, Georgia, in 1941. I had found one yesterday. It was before December 7th, 1941.

Rare picture indeed…

Robert F Shay Jr

It was posted on this page of this Website. [broken links] I had to contact the webmaster.

Glad I did.

This is the original rare picture of a PT-17 flying over Americus, Georgia.


Primary Flight Instructor Robert Shay Jr was teaching a young cadet to fly it. 

Flight Instructor Shay

Robert F. Shay Jr

The young cadet has to be a young RAF recruit training in Americus, Georgia, like Theodore Griffiths DFC.

PT-17 in the background

Unknown instructor with Theo Griffiths

Stephen Shay was kind enough to send me some pictures with this message…


My dad was a US Army flight instructor stationed in Americus, GA from 1940-1941. He went down there from a small airfield he and others hewed out of an old orchard in Penn Yan…

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Once In A Blue Moon

Originally posted on notestoponder:

Tonight’s’ full moon sets the stage for a Blue Moon on July 31st. “Blue Moon” refers to a second full moon in a calendar month. Our moon follows a 19 year loop called the Metonic Cycle – every 19 years phases of the moon recur on or near the same calendar date. Nineteen years has 228 months with 235 full moons, meaning 7 of those 228 months have a blue moon. Sometimes February’s short number of days produces 8 blue moons in a Metonic Cycle (February 2018 won’t have a full moon, pushing the extra moon to another calendar month)

Popular use of the term is credited to a 1946 issue of Sky and Telescope magazine. Author James Hugh Pruett penned an article “Once In A Blue Moon”, Pruett inadvertently screwed up finer details when referencing the 1937 Maine Farmer’s Almanac – nevertheless “once in a blue moon” was born.

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5 Things Nobody Tells You About a Writing Career


I let nursing take over my life and hope I don’t do the same with writing. Although when I’m excited about the book I’m writing, that seems to be all I talk about.

Originally posted on A Writer's Path:


When I published my first short story in Redbook after winning a prize, I thought my career was set.  I was my MFA program’s star (that year, anyway); I’d made a lot of money for a graduate student through the prize and the magazine; I was getting fan mail and queries from agents.  But even though I’d spent over two years in the program, nobody told me what my career could be like.  When I got my degree I was completely ignorant of key aspects of the writing life, with no idea what was ahead of me.  I learned five key things the hard way.

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It’s About Our Flag and Our Freedom

I would like to extend my deepest heart-felt thanks and appreciation to all our military, to the men and women who have served and are currently serving. Because of your sacrifices I have freedom to live a good life, travel where I want, talk about a wide variety of subjects, do things, and believe in the God of my choice.

It’s a shame that your sacrifice and service is still needed. That there are countries and governments wanting to take those freedoms away to make us more like them–a people who have to follow the government’s directions and have no freedoms of their own.

Notes To Ponder | June 19, 2013 at 10:27 am
Patriotic video: Why I put up the flag

I believe our flag should be treated with respect. It is a symbol of our country’s greatness.


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