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.
For the past month many families have been going through the awkward, painful process of sending a child off to college for the first time. Whether that child is a boy or a girl can make a big difference. Norman Rockwell seemed to understand. Rockwell (1894 - 1978) was an American artist who became famous painting covers for the Saturday Evening Post magazine ─ 323 covers to be exact ─ and painting covers for Boys' Life Magazine, the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America.
Probably the most famous words ever spoken by President Ronald Reagan were on June 12, 1987, in West Berlin, when he challenged the leader of the Soviet Union with this:...
One of the most exciting events in the Olympics, just finished last week, was the men's decathlon. This ultimate test of athletic ability includes 10 events in two days, measuring speed, strength, athleticism and endurance: four running events, the 100 and 400 meter dashes, 110 meter hurdles and the grueling 1,500 meters (100 meters less than a mile); three strength events, the shot put, discus and javelin throws; and three events of overall athleticism, the high jump, long jump and pole vault. The top performer overall is considered the best athlete in the world.