The Day That Lives On — December 7, 1941

A day that lives on in our history.

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On this day in 1941, at 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appeared out of the clouds above the island of Oahu. A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes followed, descending on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious assault. The surprise attack struck a critical blow against the U.S. Pacific fleet and drew the United States irrevocably into World War II.

Today, I came across a piece on the Jon S. Randall Peace Page about one of the heroines of that day, and I thought it a good thing to share with you …

On December 7, 1941, Japanese dive-bombers and Zero fighters screamed overhead at Pearl Harbor and Army hospitals on the island were overwhelmed with burn victims. At Hickam Air Field Station Hospital, amid the noise and confusion, dealing with…

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Good People Doing Good Things — Two Of ‘Em

Good people doing good things.

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Time got away from me this evening, for I was busy wrapping a few Christmas gifts to get ready to mail tomorrow, doing laundry, rolling smokes, and next thing I knew, it was 10:30 and I hadn’t begun my ‘good people’ post yet!  Luckily, it never takes me long to find good people and within a few minutes I had two.

Four years ago, Jean Manning was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She and her ten-year-old son, Jake, were living in Florida at the time, but as Jean’s cancer became more aggressive, she was advised she could get better medical care in Massachusetts.  So, Jean and Jake packed up and moved north, leaving friends and family behind.  I should mention that Jake has Down’s Syndrome.Jake-Jean-ManningJake hit the jackpot at his new school, CASE Collaborative School, when he was assigned to teacher Kerry Bremer.  He often jumped around the room pretending…

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Saturday Surprise — Saving Bees!

How to help our friends the bees.

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bees-toonI almost didn’t do a Saturday Surprise again this week, for as I mentioned earlier, I’ve been unable to corral my mind and it just wasn’t working.  But then, I was going through some notes I had of saved topics and realized I could do Saturday Surprise on a topic I’ve been wanting to do for a while, just never found time … BEES!  Don’t worry … I promise you won’t get stung!

Now, we all know that the bee population in the U.S. and globally has been declining for years.  Most of the reasons are attributable to humans … loss of habitat and bee-killing pesticides being two of the main causes.  And, all living creatures depend on bees for food … one-third of all our food depends on bee pollination, so those little guys are pretty important!

Since this is a Saturday Surprise post, one of the rules is…

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About Those Amazon Fires …

An effective beginning to world extinction.

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The Amazon rainforest plays a significant role in mitigating the effects of climate change, by removing CO2 from the atmosphere.  It is the largest such ‘carbon dioxide sink’ on the globe.  While it is not at all unusual for fires to occur in the Amazon during the dry season, this year’s fires have been particularly intense and have led to international concern, for obvious reasons.

Bolsonaro-2 Jair Bolsonaro

During the summer, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, who had previously stated his intention to destroy parts of the rainforest to make way for agriculture, mining, and other business development, mocked the environmental groups who were expressing concern about the fires.  In August, as the fires intensified and photographs of the ongoing fires and impacts caught international attention and became a rising topic among world leaders, suspicions that at least some of the fires had been deliberately set were noted in the press.

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