#WATWB: A Home for Soldiers

While biking on vacation a week ago, my girlfriend and I came across the Milwaukee Soldiers Home along the Hank Aaron State Trail. This home is a national historic landmark dating back to post Civil War. From the webside via the link above: “The Milwaukee Soldiers Home was built in 1867 as a place of healing for veterans returning from the Civil War. As one of his last acts, President Lincoln signed legislation to create a national system of homesRead more

Origin Story

I went back to physical church this past Sunday after one year and four months of watching the weekly service online. It was weird – the smaller attendance, the lack of the usual treats and coffee that were always present, and saying hello to people I had not seen since I was last inside the building. One of those people was Brenda, who is a very sweet soul and who I have helped with volunteer opportunities in the past. OnRead more

Nonsense at the Bar

“A witch, a vampire and a jew meeting in secret. It would set Christian tongues wagging for miles.” — Rabbi Loew in A Discovery of Witches Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel, who was also known as The Maharal and lived during the 16th century, was an important scholar, Jewish mystic and philosopher who served as a leading rabbi in Moravia and Bohemia (Czech Republic). However, I am not here to provide a history lesson because the focus is on historicalRead more

A Change in Leadership

“Let us then, fellow citizens, unite with one heart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things.” ~Thomas Jefferson~ Today is Inauguration Day in the United States. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will take an oath of office as our next President and Vice-President in Washington D.C. This day will look historically different as there will be no crowds on the National Mall, andRead more

#SoCS: Reaching Past the Sky

Some days, some weeks, I simply want to stand in the middle of a forest and scream a primal scream. The kind that lets out all of my frustration and disappointment about what’s going on in America. These past few days have been no exception. Linda G. Hill asked bloggers to write about “sky’s the limit,” and I make note that democracy and freedom allow us to follow our dreams and aspire to higher ground. However, there are those whoRead more

SoCS: What’s New Pussycat?

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday, blogger Linda Hill gave us our marching orders: “Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “song.” First, find a picture–the closest one to you. Your prompt is the title and/or the lyrics of the first song that comes to mind when you look at the picture. Have fun!” I’m still working at home, in my bedroom, with a fairly small work space. However, I manage to find space for my coffeeRead more

Indivisible, One Nation

The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy (1855-1931). It was originally published in The Youth’s Companion on September 8, 1892. Bellamy had hoped that the pledge would be used by citizens in any country. In its original form it read: “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” On Friday, July 3rd, there were fireworks at Mount Rushmore inRead more

Fear and Tribalism

Who among us doesn’t have the fear emotion? Fear of spiders, swimming in the ocean (sharks!), angry clowns, scary movies, speaking to a large group, dark basements, being alone, etc. I have a fear of June bugs, leeches and failure in critical situations. Who among us doesn’t equate ourselves with a tribe? Tribe of artists, philanthropists, religious leaders, doctors, lawyers, athletes, TV enthusiasts (couch potatoes), chocolatiers, sommeliers, etc. I am in the tribe of government employees, as well as theRead more

What You Want

“You can’t always get what you want But if you try sometimes you might find You get what you need” ~The Rolling Stones~ We don’t always get what we want on vacation; however, vacation is something we all need. Wouldn’t you agree? (Crazy workaholics need not answer) For example, one may not get sweaty hot weather… But blue skies and a view is what is needed most. One may not see the perfect, cloudless sunset… But who can argue withRead more

Getting Poked with a Sharp Stick

“The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.” ~Dan Rather~ It’s the end of the school year for most children and teenagers in the Northern Hemisphere, and the beginning of summer fun and dreams. I hope everyone has been poked with a stick at some point in school…by a teacher who stuck outRead more

The Early Trail of Bicycle History

“I could never resist the call of the trail.” ~Buffalo Bill~ In 1418, Giovanni Fontana, a Venetian physician and engineer, built the first human-powered land vehicle. It had four wheels and used an endless rope connected via gears to the wheels. In 1493, sketches showing a primitive version of a bicycle, purported drawn by Leonardo da Vinci, surfaced in 1974. After an age test and some pondering, experts considered the sketches a hoax. “Gliding down the bike path on aRead more

A Certain Feeling

I get a certain feeling when I go to Lambeau Field in Green Bay.  ~John Madden~ I was looking for a hugely prolific quote about Lambeau Field, but soon realized there’s not much more one can say about that place. If you’re a tried and true, die-hard Green Bay Packer fan, you get that certain feeling every time you step foot onto the grounds of this historic venue. That feeling came to me this past Thursday evening, when I attended the last pre-seasonRead more