11th hour, 11th day, 11th month

 November: the month of honoring our veterans and of giving thanks.

For all who have served: “It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protestor to burn the flag.”  Author: Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army

Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

History of Veterans Day: [Not to be confused with Memorial Day which is for remembering those who gave their lives for freedom, this is to honor all who have served.]

In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice or truce between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. In 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as Armistice Day, saying the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory”.

On May 13, 1938, an Act was approved which made November 11 a legal holiday known as Armistice Day. This day was originally intended to honor veterans of World War I, but a few years later World War II required the largest mobilization of service men in the history of the United States. The Korean War started in 1950 and was followed by the Vietnam War, with more wars to come.
In 1954, the veteran’s service organizations urged Congress to change the word “Armistice” to “Veterans”. Congress approved this change and on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor all American veterans, where ever and whenever they had served. It is a day mostly intended to honor and thank the veterans who are still living for their dedication and loyal service to their country, and for Americans to be “filled with gratitude for the victory”.


Last evening there was a most pitiful meowing outside the house. Being a sucker, I had to go check and lo and behold there sat a tiny kitty (black and white) crying. The minute it saw a human its motor started. Since it was late at night, I made a home for it in the garage which included all the necessities. It was clean etc. so I suspect someone dumped the poor little thing.

Today I moved “wandering kitty” into the big bathroom to keep it separate from our cats. It is as cute as can be and loves humans, but I cannot keep another cat (4 is enough-I’m babysitting a friend’s kitties for an unknown length of time). The other cats are totally curious and are taking turns positioning themselves outside the bathroom door (you know – just in case they can magically get inside or the kitty inside can ooze through the door).

I checked with all the neighbors to see if it belonged to any of them. It didn’t. So now I’m looking for a home for the little guy. I have to keep reminding myself not to get attached.

Taz Dog: 2001-07/04/2013


Taz Dog – named for the Tazmanian Devil – because when he became excited, he whirled around in circles just like his namesake.

Wonderful little guy with a big heart, who never complained no matter what life threw at him.

He will be missed.


From “Judgement at Nuremberg”.

“Ernst Janning: Judge Haywood… the reason I asked you to come: Those people, those millions of people… I never knew it would come to that. You must believe it. You must believe it!

Judge Dan Haywood: Herr Janning, it “came to that” the first time you sentenced a man to death you knew to be innocent.

It would always come to this. Once we convinced ourselves that some life was expendable.”