I love that truck on your front page!

When she was young

he took her careless hands

in a steady grasp

and ran full speed

through fields of wild, lush blooms

and the days fell clear and bright

When her hands became heavy

clasping years of toil

he soothed and folded them neatly

peeling off the tediousness of time

the scatter and spill of shared burdens

Now, her shaky hands

motion aimlessly

bereft of delicate peace

he reaches to hold

those once beautiful, reckless hands

of the one savage soul that burned for him

and to caress those lovely fingers

yes, still lovely now

in the twilight of life

in the absence of heartbeats


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Thoreau for your Friday…

tim's eco news🌎

My residence was more favorable,not only for thought, but to serious reading, than a university:and though i was beyond the range of the ordinary circulating library, i had more than ever come within the influence of those books which circulate round the world, whose sentences were first written on bark, and now merely copied form time to time on to linen and paper…Men sometimes speak as if the study of the classics would at length make way for more modern ans practical studies:but the adventurous student will always study the classics…For what are the classics but the noblest recorded thoughts of man?


“Reading”-Walden.The pic of Walden is by td .

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June 1944 (3)

Pacific Paratrooper

Saipan landing Saipan landing

15-20 June – H-hour for the landing on Saipan was 0840 hours.  A protective reef, some distance offshore made it necessary to use amphibian tractors (amtracs), for the landing.  The US Army 534th and 773rd Amphibian Tractor battalions, along with the Marine amtracs (making it 350 vehicles), put 4,000 4th Marines ashore in the first 20 minutes.  The US Army 708th Armored Amphibian Battalion spearheaded the landing and blasted a path to a ridge-line running parallel to the shoreline.  Gen. Saito’s 43rd Division was not prepared for all this.

LVT's attacking Saipan, 1944 LVT’s attacking Saipan, 1944

When opposition did come it was artillery fire from Hill 500 on the slopes of Mount Tapotchau and heavy casualties resulted.  At 0300, the evening of 15-16 June, about 1,000 of the enemy came charging down the hill with 36 tanks.  Gen. Saito sent a signal to Tokyo announcing his counterattack to “annihilate the enemy…

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My Diary: Life In A Book, Which Is Opened Then Closed

Gerald's Rather Strange Diary

I started the day in a reenactment of the Battle of Hohenfriedberg artfully frozen in fifteen dimensions‭ (‬plus time‭) ‬behind my artificial eyes.‭ ‬June went out with a partially smudged cat while I stayed behind with the entire Prussian army.‭ ‬I had planned to raise myself from the ink blot lake like Excalibur but in the end had to settle for the emergence of a naked hand‭ (‬which briefly performed a naked hand ballet‭) ‬and then let it take its antithesis into my mollusc shell study before the rain touched the embroidered hem of my demurely arranged petticoat.‭ ‬I wrote in spirals about the golden mean and not mean‭ ‬-‭ ‬as usual I sided with the not mean‭ ‬-‭ ‬and then fitted together brief glimpses of another reality which I hope to capture and keep for those times when nothing actually makes sense.

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Haddon Musings

Today I would like  to continue celebrating National Writing Day by sharing with you some wonderful writers that it  has been my pleasure to meet through writing my blog.


D. Wallace Peach (Dianne) specializes in writing fantasy that will transport you to a different time and place.  Her blog site is Myths of the Mirror and she can be found at http://www.mythofthemirror.com.


Brigid P. Gallagher is a holistic practitioner who writes about “life lessons in being slow” and soon will publish a book filled with these lessons. She can be found at Watching the Daisies, http://www.watchingthedaisies.com.


Osyth takes beautiful photographs and spins interesting yarns.  She can be found at Half Baked in Paradise, http://www.osyth.org.


Judy Dykstra-Brown writes a blog titled Life Lesson and she can be found at http://www.judydystrabrown.com.  You are sure to enjoy her gorgeous photography and her funny and quick witted poetry.


Lyn from Lynz Real Cooking, http://www.lynzrealcooking.com…

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