Military February 18, 2019

By Katie Lange: Medal of Honor Monday: Army Lt. Col. Teddy Roosevelt

Roosevelt’s son Theodore Roosevelt Jr. also received the Medal of Honor, one of only two father-son pairs to do so (the other is Arthur MacArthur Jr. and Douglas MacArthur). He served in World War I and WWII and gained a reputation for leading from the front.

At 56, Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was the oldest man and only general to storm the beaches of Normandy on D-Day with the first wave of American troops. He earned his medal at Utah Beach for ”gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty” while leading successive waves of troops inland to their objectives.
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By Richard Sisk: IAVA Presses on with Ambitious Agenda after Founder Rieckhoff Departs

Rieckhoff called Butler “uniquely qualified to lead IAVA into [the] next chapter and fight on behalf of all veterans.”

In Rieckhoff’s absence, IAVA is pressing a “Big Six” agenda to curb suicides, defend GI Bill benefits, improve services for female veterans, reform government support of veterans care, push for burn pits legislation, and support medical marijuana.

“Passing the ‘Big Six’ will be a huge priority for 2019,” Butler said. “We want to present a blueprint for how Americans can empower veterans.”

Butler said he is well aware of the political reality that any progress on the agenda must come this year, before all of the legislative oxygen is drained by the 2020 presidential election season.

The general rule is that “if anything is going to get done, it will get done” in the first year of the new Congress. The second year will be consumed by presidential politics, he said.
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Quotes February 18, 2019

“Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.”
Rabindranath Tagore
“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.”
Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die
“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer.

On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.”
Hunter S. Thompson
“What I’m not sure about, is if our lives have been so different from the lives of the people we save. We all complete. Maybe none of us really understand what we’ve lived through, or feel we’ve had enough time.”
Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
“My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus.” [The Science of Second-Guessing (New York Times Magazine Interview, December 12, 2004)]”
Stephen Hawking
“Admiration for a quality or an art can be so strong that it deters us from striving to possess it.”
Friedrich Nietzsche
“In the age-old contest between popularity and principle, only those willing to lose for their convictions are deserving of posterity’s approval.”
Gerald R. Ford
“Whatever your sex or position, life is a battle in which you are to show your pluck, and woe be to the coward. Whether passed on a bed of sickness or a tented field, it is ever the same fair play and admits no foolish distinction. Despair and postponement are cowardice and defeat. Men were born to succeed, not to fail.”
Henry David Thoreau

Music February 18, 2019



Kindle February 17, 2019

Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture Kindle Edition
by Joshua Levine (Author)
The epic true story of Dunkirk—now a major motion picture, written and directed by Christopher Nolan, and starring Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, and Mark Rylance

In 1940, the Allies had been beaten back by the Nazis across France to the northern port of Dunkirk. In the ultimate race against time, more than 300,000 Allied soldiers were daringly evacuated across the Channel. This moment of German aggression was used by Winston Churchill as a call to Franklin Roosevelt to enter the war. Now, Joshua Levine, the film’s official historian, explores the real lives of those soldiers, bombed and strafed on the beaches for days on end, without food or ammunition; the civilians whose boats were overloaded; the airmen who risked their lives to buy their companions on the ground precious time; and those who did not escape.

FYI February 17, 2019

On This Day

1913 – The Armory Show opens in New York City, displaying works of artists who are to become some of the most influential painters of the early 20th century.
The Armory Show, also known as the International Exhibition of Modern Art, was a show organized by the Association of American Painters and Sculptors in 1913. It was the first large exhibition of modern art in America, as well as one of the many exhibitions that have been held in the vast spaces of U.S. National Guard armories.

The three-city exhibition started in New York City’s 69th Regiment Armory, on Lexington Avenue between 25th and 26th Streets, from February 17 until March 15, 1913.[1] The exhibition went on to show at the Art Institute of Chicago and then to The Copley Society of Art in Boston,[2] where, due to a lack of space, all the work by American artists was removed.[3]

The show became an important event in the history of American art, introducing astonished Americans, who were accustomed to realistic art, to the experimental styles of the European avant garde, including Fauvism, Cubism, and Futurism. The show served as a catalyst for American artists, who became more independent and created their own “artistic language.”

The origins of the show lie in the emergence of progressive groups and independent exhibitions in the early 20th century (with significant French precedents), which challenged the aesthetic ideals, exclusionary policies, and authority of the National Academy of Design, while expanding exhibition and sales opportunities, enhancing public knowledge, and enlarging audiences for contemporary art.[4]



Born On This Day

1881 – Mary Carson Breckinridge, American nurse-midwife, founded Frontier Nursing Service (d. 1965)
Mary Carson Breckinridge (February 17, 1881 – May 16, 1965) was an American nurse-midwife and the founder of the Frontier Nursing Service.

Family and early life
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, into a prominent family, Breckinridge was a daughter of Arkansas Congressman, US Minister to Russia Clifton Rodes Breckinridge and a granddaughter of Vice President John C. Breckinridge. She was educated by private tutors in Washington, D.C., Switzerland and in St. Petersburg, Russia. She obtained a degree from St Lukes Hospital New York in Nursing in 1910 and advanced Midwife Training at a Hospital in London, England.

In 1894, Breckinridge and her family moved to Russia when President Grover Cleveland appointed her father to serve as the U.S. minister to that country. They returned to the United States in 1897.

Breckinridge’s mother disapproved of her cousin Sophonisba Breckinridge’s going to college and starting a career. She helped to ensure that her daughter followed a more traditional path. Breckinridge was married in 1904 to a lawyer, Henry Ruffner Morrison, of Hot Springs, Arkansas. He died only two years later; the couple had no children.

As a young widow, Breckinridge entered a nursing class at New York City’s St. Luke’s Hospital. She remained there three years, taking a degree in nursing in 1910 before returning to the South.

In 1912 she married Richard Ryan Thompson, a Kentucky native who was serving as the president of Crescent College and Conservatory in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The couple had two children. Their daughter Polly was born prematurely in 1916 and did not survive. Two years later, their beloved four-year-old son, Clifford Breckinridge (“Breckie”) Thompson, died of appendicitis. Breckinridge’s husband was unfaithful; they were divorced in 1920 and Breckinridge resumed the use of her maiden name

Breckinridge turned to nursing to overcome the travails of her children’s deaths and her divorce, joining the American Committee for Devastated France. It was during this time that she served as volunteer director of Child Hygiene and District Nursing.[1] While in Europe she met French and British nurse-midwives and realized that people with similar training could meet the health care needs of rural America’s mothers and babies. Breckinridge travelled to the Hebrides, Scotland, in 1924 to look at models of health service in remote rural areas.[2] Breckinridge also recognized that the organizational structure of decentralized outposts in France could be mimicked in other rural areas. She would implement these ideas in her later work with the Frontier Nursing Service.[3] A deeply religious woman, Breckinridge considered this path to be her life’s calling.

Since no midwifery course was then offered in the United States, Breckinridge returned to England to receive the training she needed at the British Hospital for Mothers and Babies. She was then certified by the Central Midwives Board. She returned to the U.S. in 1925 and on May 28 of that year founded the Kentucky Committee for Mothers and Babies, which soon became the Frontier Nursing Service. She was joined by two midwives she met in London, Edna Rockstroh (1899-1982) and Freda Caffin.

Mary Breckinridge, her father Colonel Breckinridge (took care of the horses), nurses Edna, Freda set up the first nurses clinic and lived together in Hyden in 1925. They delivered the first baby in September 1925. The nurses traveled by horseback to deliver babies day and night, in all weather. There are actual recordings of Edna’s memories of the difficulties frontier nursing and the leadership of Mary Breckinridge online at She worked closely with Ann MacKinnon in setting up the Kentucky State Association of Midwives in 1930.[4]

Breckinridge had a large log house, called the Big House, built in Wendover, Kentucky to serve as her home and the Frontier Nursing Service headquarters. In 1939 she started her own midwifery school. There, Breckinridge conducted Sunday afternoon services using the Episcopal prayer book. In 1952 she completed her memoir “Wide Neighborhoods” which is still available from the University of Kentucky Press.

She continued to lead the Frontier Nursing Service until her death on May 16, 1965, at Wendover.[5]

In 1995, Mary Breckinridge was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.[6]

In 1998, she was honored by the United States Postal Service with a 77¢ Great Americans series postage stamp.

See also
Breckinridge family
Marvin Breckinridge Patterson
The Forgotten Frontier



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What to Do When Something Someone Says Gets Under Your Skin
Some words or small collections of them can lift you up for minutes, hours or sometimes even days.

Other words can poke and stab and quickly tear you down.

These are the words that really get under your skin and hurt you.

What can you do when that happens?

Well, let me share what has worked for me.

Let it out.

The first thing I often do after I notice that something did actually get under my skin is to talk it over with someone close to me.

By just letting it out and venting you can release a lot of inner tension and the two of you can find a more helpful and healthier perspective on what has gotten under your skin.

Ask yourself: is the person having a bad day or year?

When my self-esteem was lower than it is today then I used to think that pretty much all the negative things people said to me was in some way my fault.

However, that is often not the case.

People can verbally attack you or nag or criticize harshly because they may have had an awful day or week. Or simply because they do not like their lives very much at all.

So don’t think this is all about you. There are two of you in this situation.

Ask yourself: could there be something here that could help me?

This question is not always fun to ask yourself. And it doesn’t always lead anywhere at all. But after you have calmed down by using the steps above it can be helpful.

Especially if this is the fifth or tenth time you have heard the same thing from people.

Then there might be something here you would like to work on and something valuable in the long run.

So at least take a minute or two to think about it.

Take care and have a self-kind Sunday!

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Nest box access for egg collection is gained through the two 4′ hinged roofs over the nest area. This is where the flexible tape came into play to waterproof the hinge side.

It occurred to me that with this man-door latch system, one could get trapped inside the coop if some rogue wind came up (or mischievous boy/irritated spouse). I drilled a small hole through the siding and threaded a cord through to the inside and secured it to the inside wall and to the latch – if you get trapped inside, simply pull the cord and release the latch. (I’ve heard since that this feature has already come in handy).




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Military February 17, 2019

By Patrick J. Mcdonnell, Los Angeles Times: US Air Force planes land in Colombia with supplies for neighboring Venezuela

The Associated Press: Former Army Secretary John Marsh Laid to Rest in Virginia

John Otho Marsh Jr. (August 7, 1926 – February 4, 2019) was an American politician and an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law.[1][2][3] He served as the United States Secretary of the Army from 1981 to 1989, and as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Virginia from 1963 to 1971.[1][4]

En Route Press Gaggle By Acting Secretary Shanahan
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Quotes February 17, 2019

Quotes courtesy of Lori Deschene/Tiny Buddha

“When you say ‘yes’ to others, make sure you’re not saying ‘no’ to yourself.”
Paulo Coelho
“Solitude matters, and for some people, it’s the air they breathe.”
Susan Cain
25 Things Introverts Wish People Understood About Them
I’m never lonely. I love, love, love the time I spend alone (or just with my immediate family). It feeds my soul.
Kim Kay
I would rather have a deep conversation with one or two people rather than small chit chat with twenty-five. I value quality over quantity.
Lyle Hatch
I’m not boring or uninteresting; you just never initiate deep conversations with me.
Natashia Lee
I do not enjoy forced conversation and situations. They only makes me want to retreat back to my own space. Just let me sit back to observe, and I will decide if I should join in.
Michelle Bush West
I do not think I am better then you.
Kimmie Nielsen
I mean what I say and only speak when I have to say something.
Roland Laufer
Not wanting to hang out is not personal. I need way more down time and rest than other people may, and that doesn’t mean I’m lazy.
Dani Hughes
We’re not all social butterflies; we’re more like social caterpillars. We take a while to open up. When we do, we can either be like a butterfly around you, but if things go south we’ll want to stay in the ‘wrapped up’ phase forever!
Carole Ann Rickerd
Canceling plans with people less than twenty-four hours beforehand has nothing to do with them and everything to do with my self-care.
Sahej Anand Kaur Khalsa
Just because I’m not all smiley and enthusiastic doesn’t mean I’m not happy.
Brandon Logan
When you mention how quiet I am because I don’t talk much in large gatherings or make a big deal when I do speak, it just makes me feel self-conscious and retreat more into myself.
Angela Eaves
I cannot be “on” when you want me to. There are times when I can join the conversation or party, and times when I simply cannot.
Sabree Johnson
Just because I’m an introvert doesn’t mean I’m anti-social or stuck up. It just takes me longer to recover from events and big groups of people.
Angela Stewart
I deeply care and empathize with so many people in my life, even those that I don’t know personally. I can’t ‘turn it off.’ Going home is my way of avoiding overworking my emotions. It’s so I can rest up and be a good friend, colleague, employee, and citizen tomorrow.
Jayme Taylor
My silence in group conversations isn’t aloofness, indifference, or lack of personality. I’d just rather get to know you one-on-one before I start revealing my thoughts and opinions.
Amanda Perrett
Just because I’m not loud and don’t share my feelings with everyone in sight, it doesn’t mean that I don’t have them. Quite the opposite. I feel things very deeply.
Liz Szentendrei
I’m not a flamboyant personality, but I have as much substance as the next person.
Terrie Lynch
Sometimes I just want to walk in silence, but I am neither sad nor lonely.
Debra Temple
Just because we keep to ourselves, or we are not talkative, does not mean we do not have an opinion or are less intelligent than others.
Tony Solis
Just because I’m quiet doesn’t mean I’m upset or mad, so there’s no need to keep asking me “Are you okay?” That gets very tiring.
Linda Burton
I’m not talking because I don’t have anything worthwhile to say and I’m fine with the silence.
Amber Lockey
Sometimes I may act extroverted, but it’s kind of a survival skill I’ve adopted in an extroverted-centered world. Still leaves me feeling mentally exhausted and drained. And feels unnatural.
Dalas McCown
If you ask a question and we don’t respond right away we are thinking through every possible response, how you might react to each response, if it is actually the truth, and then we might get distracted and eventually ponder the meaning of life … even if you just asked how we are doing.
Michelle Cobley
I don’t hate people. I just save my energy for genuine interactions.
Sharon Stewart
I want to be invited! I may not always go or have the ability to stay long, but it doesn’t mean I want to be entirely left out.
Diana Rouge

Music February 17, 2019




Kofi Burbridge (September 22, 1961 – February 15, 2019) was an American keyboardist and flautist of the Grammy Award-winning blues and blues rock group Tedeschi Trucks Band. Burbridge was born to William and Carol Burbridge in the Bronx, New York, United States, although the family moved to Washington, D.C. two years later.[1]

Burbridge was a classically-trained multi-instrumentalist, and he has provided keyboards, organ, flute, and backing vocals for various bands throughout his career. He was previously part of the Grammy Award winning Derek Trucks Band.[2] He was also the brother of bass player Oteil Burbridge, who is known for his work in the Allman Brothers Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Dead & Company, and the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Oteil Burbridge cites his brother as his biggest influence[3] and mentioned Kofi was found to have perfect pitch around the age of seven.[citation needed]

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FYI February 16, 2019

On This Day

2006 – The last Mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army.
The Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) refers to a United States Army medical unit serving as a fully functional hospital in a combat area of operations. The units were first established in August 1945, and were deployed during the Korean War and later conflicts. The term was made famous in the television series M*A*S*H, which depicted a fictional MASH unit. The U.S. Army deactivated the last MASH unit on February 16, 2006. The successor to the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital is the Combat Support Hospital.



Born On This Day

1878 – Pamela Colman Smith, English occultist and illustrator (d. 1951)
Pamela Colman Smith (16 February 1878 – 18 September 1951), also nicknamed Pixie, was a British artist, illustrator, writer and occultist. She is best known for illustrating the Rider-Waite tarot deck of divinatory tarot cards (also called the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, Waite-Smith deck, Waite-Colman Smith deck or simply the Rider deck or Waite deck) for Arthur Edward Waite.




Bruno Ganz (German: [ˈbruːno ˈɡant͡s] (About this soundlisten); 22 March 1941 – 15 February 2019) was a Swiss actor who appeared in German language film and television for more than fifty years.[1] He collaborated several times with filmmakers Werner Herzog, Éric Rohmer, Francis Ford Coppola and Wim Wenders, with the latter first as Jonathan Zimmerman in The American Friend (1977) and again as Damiel the Angel in both Wings of Desire (1987) and Faraway, So Close! (1993).[2]

Ganz was internationally noted for portraying Adolf Hitler in the Academy Award-nominated film Downfall (2004). He also had roles in several English language films, including The Boys from Brazil (1978), Strapless (1989), The Manchurian Candidate (2004), The Reader (2008), Unknown (2011) and Remember (2015). On stage, Ganz portrayed Dr. Heinrich Faust in Peter Stein’s staging of Faust, Part One and Faust, Part Two in 2000.[3]

From 1996 until his death in 2019, Ganz held the Republic of Austria’s Iffland-Ring, which passes from actor to actor — each bequeathing the ring to the next holder, judging that actor to be the “most significant and most worthy actor of the German-speaking theatre”.[4][5]


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