Archive for February, 2017

25th Amendment

February 21st, 2017 Comments off

 If you have never read the 25th amendment you might want to read it. Although some people are hoping that it might be the answer to get DT out of the White House, it doesn’t sound very likely to me.

            I think the fact that so many people are talking about it is indicative of the deep deep concern many people have over the mental stability of the man with the nuclear codes.

I  have a feeling that many people who voted for him are now feeling some regret. I have come to believe that many many people voted for him because he was the nominee of the Republican Party. They were not voting for someone they wanted in the office they just wanted the Republicans to win because they believe more in the  republican platform.

Believing that helps me to accept  it better than to think people actually would vote for a man of his Instability.

Starting Early

February 21st, 2017 Comments off

Today I went to a toddler class with Juliana and Alice. There were about 15 two year olds and one adult each.  No, it was not noisy and chaotic, but well structured into a routine that ran smoothly.

I won’t bore you with details of their activities, of recognizing and tracing letters, art, story, visual motor games, and rug time with toys, but they are similar to Preschool and kindergarten activities.  Ninety minutes went quickly for me, as segments of activity were geared to the short attention span of two year olds.

It is Juliana’s first introduction to formal education and I thought she did very well. She appeared confident and engaged.  I hope the rest of her educational experience will be as successful and I hope I will be around to cheer her on!

What did we do before them?

February 21st, 2017 Comments off

Years ago I saw a news post from Japan showing a typical group of shoppers walking through a common area. In every person’s hand, held to the ear, was a cellphone. How outrageous, unbelievable!

We were just being introduced to this marvel of communication and were shocked at the thought that so many people would have them, and use them so often.  They were ahead of us, but no more.  

There are reportedly 382 million adults with cell phones in the United States. Yackety-yack! 

South Korean Dramas

February 20th, 2017 Comments off

 I have been watching Korean dramas for 10 years at least. They are not unending as our soap operas, but they run for a few months and then draw to a conclusion.  I like them for many reasons, but particularly hearing the language and learning aboutthe Korean culture.

Seoul Korean, where I believe most of the dramas are filmed, is frighteningly close to the border of North Korea and under constant threat.  The actors I have seen over the years have become special to me and I am concerned about their safety.

I live a few miles from Hollywood,  and 5,900 miles from Seoul, but I actually enjoy  the Koreans more. Does that sound weird?  Their names of actors are difficult to remember but their faces are familiar. I know little about them as individuals but they help me pass a lot of time with the sometimes ridiculous plots. I hope they are safe.


Lt. Gen. H. R. McMasters

February 20th, 2017 Comments off

second time around DT has a national security adviser who has been well received. Good. Now, the huge question is will DT listen to him and take his advice or will his narcissistic disorder cause him to insist he “knows better than the generals” as he has said before?

we’ll see.

Gen. McMasters, we are counting on you to be a voice of reason. Don’t be intimidated by this reality show emcee. Please stand up for what makes sense.

Presidents’ Day

February 20th, 2017 Comments off

Washington’s Birthday, also known as Presidents’ Day, is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of February. The day honors presidents of the United States, including George Washington, the USA’s first president.

The federal holiday Washington’s Birthday honors the accomplishments of the man known as “The Father of his Country”. Celebrated for his leadership in the founding of the nation, he was the Electoral College’s  unanimous choice to become the first President; he was seen as a unifying force for the new republic and set an example for future holders of the office.

The holiday is also a tribute to the general who created the first military badge of merit for the common soldier. Revived on Washington’s 200th birthday in 1932, the Purple Heart  medal (which bears Washington’s image) is awarded to soldiers who are injured in battle. As with Memorial Day and Veterans Day,  Washington’s Birthday offers another opportunity to honor the country’s veterans.

 George Washington statue in the Boston Public Garden

Presidents Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy Share a Sad Footnote in History

February 19th, 2017 Comments off

  • On April 14, 1865, President Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre in Washington by John Wilkes Booth. Thus, the sixteenth President Abraham Lincoln was the first president to be assassinated.

  • The twentieth President James A. Garfield. On 2 July 1881 he was shot by Charles Guiteau who was upset on being passed over as the US consul. President Garfield died on 19 Sept due to the infection caused by the shot wound.

  • The 25th President William McKinley was shot by Leon Czolgosz on 6 Sep 1901 and died from his wounds on 14 Sept 1901.

  • The 35th President John F. Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald on 22 Nov 1963 and died from his wound the same day. 
  • Let us pray that this list is never increased, but that our presidents will remain safe and protected  – to serve as elected by the people of this sovereign nation. Let us pray that people can disagree without resorting to violence against any man or woman who seeks to serve or is in the service of his or her country.

Vice Presidents Who Became President to Fill a Vacancy

February 19th, 2017 Comments off

Nine Vice Presidents stepped in to fill vacancies left by Presidents of the United States.  How many can you name? Make a guess before you look at the list.

This is a very good reminder of why it is so important to choose a VP who can adequately perform the job of the presidency if destiny dictates. 



1841-1845  John Tyler became President upon the death of William Henry Harrison

1850-1853  Millard Fillmore became President upon the death of Zachary Taylor

1865-1869 Andrew Johnson became President upon the death of Abraham Lincoln

1881-1885 Chester Arthur became President upon the death of James Garfield

1901-1905  Theodore Roosevelt became President upon the death of William McKinley

1923-1925 Calvin Coolidge became President upon the death of Warren G. Harding

1945-1949 Harry Truman became President upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt

1963-1965  Lyndon Johnson became President upon the death of John F. Kennedy.

1974             Gerald Ford became President upon the resignation of Richard Nixon

U.S. Presidents – The shortest and the tallest.

February 18th, 2017 Comments off


James Madison, Jr. (March 16, 1751 – June 28, 1836) was an American statesman, political theorist and the fourth President of the United States (1809–17). He is hailed as the “Father of the Constitution” for being instrumental in the drafting of the U.S. Constitution and as the key champion and author of the Bill of Rights. He served as a politician much of his adult life. He was 5’4, a full 12 inches shorter than our tallest president.

Who was the tallest?

That would be our beloved Abraham Lincoln. This is one of the most flattering portraits of the President that I have seen.  At 6’4 he looks tall even sitting down, doesn’t he? I’m sure most of us know much more about him than President

Uh, I don’t think you were supposed to park there, dude!

February 17th, 2017 Comments off


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