Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin
“We needs must love the highest when we see it.”
Alfred Lord Tennyson
“A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.”
William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
“Her mother, accompanied by the dog Coach, had ploughed her way through a deep fall of snow to fetch her youngest home from nursery school. The hard going had been a weariness, the cold a misery to the flesh. Ploughing back again, her youngest attached, a small voice sang out beside her, ‘Look, Mummy! Look at Coach and the joy of the snow!’ Coach was leaping and rolling in the snow, his eyes like stars, his tail a banner. The little girl’s eyes were as bright as his, her face pink inside her hood…The mother for a few moments looked at the snow through their eyes and the earth had not smutched it.”
Elizabeth Goudge, The Joy of the Snow
“He was like a man owning a piece of ground in which, unknown to himself, a treasure lay buried. You would not call such a man rich, neither would I call happy the man who is so without realizing it.”
Eugène Delacroix, Journal
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On This Day
William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody (February 26, 1846 – January 10, 1917) was an American scout, bison hunter, and showman. He was born in Le Claire, Iowa Territory (now the U.S. state of Iowa), but he lived for several years in his father’s hometown in Toronto Township, Ontario, Canada, before the family returned to the Midwest and settled in the Kansas Territory.
Buffalo Bill started working at the age of eleven, after his father’s death, and became a rider for the Pony Express at age 14. During the American Civil War, he served the Union from 1863 to the end of the war in 1865. Later he served as a civilian scout for the US Army during the Indian Wars, receiving the Medal of Honor in 1872.
One of the most colorful figures of the American Old West, Buffalo Bill’s legend began to spread when he was only twenty-three. Shortly thereafter he started performing in shows that displayed cowboy themes and episodes from the frontier and Indian Wars. He founded Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in 1883, taking his large company on tours in the United States and, beginning in 1887, in Great Britain and continental Europe.
Born On This Day
Eleanor Estes (May 9, 1906 – July 15, 1988) was an American children’s author and a children’s librarian. Her book, Ginger Pye, which she also created illustrations for, won the Newbery Medal. Three of her books were Newbery Honor Winners, and one was awarded the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. Estes’ books were based on her life in small town Connecticut in the early 1900s.
Born Eleanor Ruth Rosenfield in West Haven, Connecticut, Estes was the third of four children. Her father, Louis Rosenfeld, was a bookkeeper for a railway; her mother, Caroline Gewecke Rosenfeld, was a seamstress and story teller. Her father died when Estes was young, and her mother’s dressmaking provided for the family.:267 Eleanor Estes attributes her love of reading, children’s literature, and storytelling to her parent’s fondness for books, and her mother’s “inexhaustible supply of songs, stories, and anecdotes, with which she entertained us with while cooking dinner.” In 1923, after graduating from West Haven High School, she trained at the New Haven Free Library, and became a children’s librarian there.:147
In 1931 Estes won the Caroline M. Hewins scholarship for children’s librarians, which allowed her to study at the Pratt Institute library school in New York. In 1932 she married fellow student Rice Estes. They both worked as librarians throughout New York, and he later became a professor of library science and the head of the Pratt Institute Library. Estes worked as a children’s librarian in various branches of the New York Public Library, until 1941. Estes began writing when tuberculosis left her confined to her bed. Her best known fictional characters, the Moffats, live in Cranbury, Connecticut, which is Estes’ hometown of West Haven. She based the Moffats after her family, including patterning younger daughter Janey after herself, and basing Rufus on her brother, Teddy.
Eleanor based the story The Hundred Dresses on her real life experience as the girl who (unbeknownst to Peggy) received Peggy’s hand-me-down dresses. She felt so guilty for not having defended the Wanda character in real life, that she wrote the story as both an exercise to assuage her guilt, and to encourage others to stand up against bullies.
The Esteses had one child, Helena, born in Los Angeles in 1948, where Rice Estes was assistant librarian at the University of Southern California. In 1952 they moved back to the East coast, where she lived until her death.:151 Besides writing and working as a librarian, Estes also taught at the University of New Hampshire Writer’s Conference.
Eleanor Estes died July 15, 1988 in Hamden, Connecticut. Her papers are held at the University of Southern Mississippi, and University of Minnesota. She wrote 20 books.
Awards and reception
Estes’s book Ginger Pye (1951) won the Newbery Medal. Three of her books were Newbery Honor books: The Middle Moffat, Rufus M., and The Hundred Dresses. In addition The Moffats won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1961. Estes also received the Certificate of Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Literature from the New York Association for Supervision of Curriculum Development in 1968. She was awarded the Pratt Institute Alumni Medal in 1968.:318 In 1970 she was nominated for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award.
According to reviewer Carolyn Shute, Estes had the “ability to distill the very essence of childhood.”:319 Anita Silvey said she possessed a “rare gift for depicting everyday experiences from the fresh perspective of childhood.” Estes is primarily recognized as a writer of family stories, and as one who “shaped and broadened that subgenre’s tradition”, primarily through her “seemingly artless style”.:147 Eleanor Cameron, in an article for The Horn Book Magazine, included Estes’ Moffat books among “those that sit securely as classics in the realm of memorable literature”.
The Moffats (1941)
The Middle Moffat (1942)
The Sun and the Wind and Mr. Todd (1943)
Rufus M. (1943)
The Hundred Dresses (1944)
The Echoing Green (1947)
Sleeping Giant and Other Stories (1948)
Ginger Pye (1951)
A Little Oven (1955)
Pinky Pye (1958)
The Witch Family (1960)
Small but Wiry (1963)
The Alley (1964)
The Lollipop Princess (1967)
Miranda the Great (1967)
The Tunnel of Hugsy Goode (1972)
The Coat-Hanger Christmas Tree (1973)
The Lost Umbrella of Kim Chu (1978)
The Moffat Museum (1983)
The Curious Adventures of Jimmy McGee (1987)
One bullet each for Polanski and the victim’s mother. Did Polanski refuse to serve the appropriate (how does one judge that?) prison term? What about his victim? How does she ever get past this continual publicity over her attack?
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Persky is currently awaiting a June 5 recall vote in a retaliation effort, led by Stanford Law School Professor Michele Dauber, who believes the judge has held “a long pattern of bias in favor of privileged men.”
She told BuzzFeed the Brown comparison is “absurd,” adding:
“Persky has repeatedly abused his discretion on behalf of abusers. As a result, voters in this county have lost confidence in his ability to be fair…In Brown, the Supreme Court bravely ruled with the powerless against the powerful. In Brock Turner’s case, Persky did the exact opposite.”
After Turner’s conviction in September 2016, California lawmakers passed two bills to amend the loophole that caused his sentence to be so lax. The Assembly Bill 2888, which, according to the Los Angeles Times, “prohibits a judge from handing a convicted offender probation in certain sex crimes such as rape, sodomy and forced oral copulation when the victim is unconscious or prevented from resisting by any intoxicating, anesthetic or controlled substance,” and the Assembly Bill 701, which expands the legal definition of rape in California law to include all forms of nonconsensual sexual assault.
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David Goggins is the toughest man alive.
There’s no doubt about it. Goggins is the only member of the US Armed Forces to complete SEAL training, US Army Ranger School, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training.
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Myles Anderson Paige, the first African American to be appointed a New York City Criminal Court Judge, was born on July 18, 1898 in Montgomery, Alabama. Paige was a star football player at Howard University, graduating from the Washington D.C. institution with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1921. While at Howard he joined Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
Paige served in the United States Army during the World War I as captain of the 369th regiment. Paige’s ascension to captain was swift and impressive considering he began his military career as a corporal in September of 1917 and was promoted to second lieutenant a week later. The following week he became first lieutenant and before the end of September he was captain and company commander.
Just A Car Guy: Will Eisner the originator of the graphic novel, namesake of the Eisner Award, the comic book and cartoon industry equivalent of the Oscar, drew comics for, and about, the U.S. military to assist the maintenance mechanics in learning the dull info
Just A Car Guy: the Paul Bunyan load, September, 1952. A 1949 Peterbilt 390, 12 foot bunks, and adjustable Rossi chocks. the 40 foot logs were 7, 8 and 9 feet in diameter. 53,670 board feet. Driver, Wes Copeland, previously a WW2 bomber pilot
Just A Car Guy: Winnie Fritz was a farmhand at 6, a Army nurse unit commanding officer in Vietnam in 1970 at 22, a nurse to presidents and kings at Walter Reed at 23, a pilot, and the clinical operating officer of an international health system at 31.
Press Operations: Get Your Military Tax Questions Answered during Facebook Live Event
Department of Defense officials will host a Facebook Live event to answer questions from service members and their families about tax filing. Military OneSource is hosting the event Wednesday, April 4, 3-3:30 p.m. Eastern, on their Facebook page. You can learn more about the event on their MilTax Facebook event page.
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Flightline Honors: Navy Capt. Thomas J. Hudner Jr.
Thomas Jerome Hudner Jr. (August 31, 1924 – November 13, 2017) was an officer of the United States Navy and a naval aviator. He rose to the rank of captain, and received the Medal of Honor for his actions in trying to save the life of his wingman, Ensign Jesse L. Brown, during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War.
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Northcom’s Alaskan Command Conducts Arctic Edge 2018
“When you blame others, you give up your power to change.”
“There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upward; an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn’t matter anymore.”
Laurie Halse Anderson
“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”
It is the same with people as it is with riding a bike. Only when moving can one comfortably maintain one’s balance.
There’s nothing so dangerous as sitting still.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John F. Kennedy
“We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb.”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit-world of childhood, tempered and balanced by knowledge and common sense.
writer and illustrator
During times of radical change, how do we hold both the magnificence and tragedy of the world?
Geneen Marie Haugen
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.”
The greatest peril of misplaced worry is that in keeping us constantly tensed against an imagined catastrophe, it prevents us from fully living.
If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches.
Rainer Maria Rilke,
poet and novelist
In the face of an obstacle which is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid.
Simone de Beauvoir
Our armed forces will fight for peace in Iraq, a peace built on more secure foundations than are found today in the Middle East. Even more important, they will fight for two human conditions of even greater value than peace: liberty and justice.
“Freedom does not come without a price. We may sometimes take for granted the many liberties we enjoy in America, but they have all been earned through the ultimate sacrifice paid by so many of the members of our armed forces.”
“You know, 1 percent of us is in the armed forces, protecting the other 99, and they’re all volunteers.”
History has taught us over and over again that freedom is not free. When push comes to shove, the ultimate protectors of freedom and liberty are the brave men and women in our armed forces. Throughout our history, they’ve answered the call in bravery and sacrifice.
As to the advantages of temperance in the training of the armed forces and of its benefits to the members of the forces themselves, there can be no doubt in the world.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
The U.S. Armed Forces are the best trained, best equipped fighting forces in the world.
Our men and women in our armed forces are the real heroes in this conflict.
Every member of the U.S. Armed Forces knows what they signed up for, and they know what their job is, and they are proud of their job.”
I have great respect and understanding for military commitment due to my own family’s involvement with the armed forces.
The criteria for serving one’s country should be competence, courage, and willingness to serve. When we deny people the chance to serve because of their sexual orientation, we deprive them of their rights of citizenship, and we deprive our armed forces the service of willing and capable Americans.
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Back home in Minnesota now with the memory of a near-death experience along the Iditarod Trail unlikely to fade for a long, long time, Scott Hoberg finds himself a man deeply humbled by Alaska’s vast, winter wilderness
And thankful to be alive. Very thankful.
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Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings -> An Evolutionary Anatomy of Affect: Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio on How and Why We Feel What We Feel
“How and what we create culturally and how we react to cultural phenomena depend on the tricks of our imperfect memories as manipulated by feelings.”
“A purely disembodied human emotion is a nonentity,” William James wrote in his pioneering 1884 theory of how our bodies affect our feelings. In the century-some since, breakthroughs in neurology, psychobiology, and neuroscience have contributed leaps of layered (though still incomplete) understanding of the relationship between the physical body and our emotional experience. That tessellated relationship is what neuroscientist Antonio Damasio examines in The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures (public library) — a title inspired by the disorienting fact that several billion years ago, single-cell organisms began exhibiting behaviors strikingly analogous to certain human social behaviors and 100 million years ago insects developed interactions, instruments, and cooperative strategies that we might call cultural. That such sociocultural behaviors long predate the development of the human brain casts new light on the ancient mind-body problem and offers a radical revision of how we understand mind, feeling, consciousness, and the construction of cultures.