Happy New Year. This summary is a week late because there were so many shocks and surprises in 2016 that I needed an extra week to think about them before submitting this report. First, to review and comment on the events of 2016. Heroes of the Year: For the 14th consecutive year, the heroes of the year are the brave young men and women serving our country in the Armed Forces in Iraq (again), Afghanistan, Syria, and other danger spots, around the globe.
"Merry Christmas!" I shouted to a woman on the street But she didn't hear me Her misty eyes stared halfway round the globe Where her son was lost in Iraq And never found his way home. "Merry Christmas!" I cried to an old gent in the alley But he didn't hear me He was dragging a cardboard box to another address Moving his house to a friendlier neighborhood Wondering where he belonged. "Merry Christmas!" I heralded to the working man But he didn't hear me
The holiday season is the time of year when our memories and emotions tend to look back and remember the past with more sentiment than we'd have in, say, March. Just check your TV schedules and you'll see, for example, Hallmark cranking up the sentimental, tear-jerking oldies. They make you want to go out and buy some Hallmark cards with Norman Rockwell paintings on them.
Most of the days here for the past few weeks, including Thanksgiving Day, have been dark, dreary, gray, foggy, cloudy and generally overcast, including an all-night rain and a hard cold wind with a low, heavy sky. The damp chill glommed onto your neck and crept down under your shirt. On the foggy nights, you could just imagine Jack the Ripper out there, stalking a victim.
We all know the expression "What goes around comes around." People recite this expression as if it were a natural law or a Biblical commandment. It is neither and the purpose of this article is to explain how it all works so there can be no confusion from this day forward.
There is a long way and a short way to get things done. The long way to parenthood, grandparenthood and great-grandparenthood involves conception, a period of gestation, rushing to the hospital, pacing in the hospital and the pain of childbirth. It's all a miracle.
I heard you howling When I went to bed last night. I could feel you pushing Against my bedroom window. You were still howling when I got up. I've been leaning against you All day long. You never stop pushing do you? I've never seen you, But I know you And where you come from. I call you the Manitoba Menace. Sometimes, at your most cruel, The Alberta Clipper. You don't have a passport So why don't they stop you At the border? You start huffing and puffing
At one time the sky was the limit. Then in July of 1969, we put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon some 239,000 miles away. Then by the end of 1972, 10 more astronauts followed. The cost of that Apollo Moon Program was $25.4 billion in 1972 dollars, or about $200 billion in today's dollars.
Can you hike 50 miles in 20 hours? In 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt, champion of the vigorous life, issued an executive order challenging his U.S. Marine Corps Officers to hike 50 miles in 20 hours in order to maintain their commissions. Fifty-four years later, President John F. Kennedy came across the Roosevelt directive and passed it on to his own Marine commandant, General David M. Shoup, with the suggestion that Marines in the 1960s should prove that they are as fit as Roosevelt's 1908 Marines.
Grandma was fixing a chicken dinner for four—herself, her daughter, son-in-law and one granddaughter. They were all in the kitchen together talking. Grandma has just finished cutting the chicken. The phone rang and grandma answered.