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Jan
6
2012

News Letter

Here’s a news letter for family and survivors of World War II… Bay Area Civilian Ex-Prisoners of War News

Dec
28
2011

What Makes Your State So Special?

I loved reading these again and again on my free time… ALABAMA…was the first place to have 9-1-1, started in l968. ALASKA..one out of every 64 people has a pilot’s license. ARIZONA…is the only state in the continental U.S. that doesn’t follow Daylight Savings Time. ARKANSAS…Has the only active diamond mine in the U.S. CALIFORNIA…its economy is so large that if it were a country, it would rank seventh in the entire world. COLORADO…in l976 […]

Dec
17
2011

Welcome to my site!

We are free because of the brave.  In his article “Love of Country” published in La Solidaridad in Madrid, October 1890, our national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal pointed out that: “love of country is never effaced once it has penetrated the heart, because it carries with it a divine stamp which renders it eternal and imperishable.  It has been said that love is the most powerful force behind the most sublime actions: well then, […]

Oct
31
2011

JANUARY 19, 1861: MILLEDGEVILLE, GEORGIA

Georgia elected to secede from the Union on January 19, 1861 by a vote of 208 to 89. This landmark decision pleasantly surprised the other Southern states, for Georgia had been seriously divided between those who favored immediate secession, and other statesmen who urged negotiation and less radical measures. Ironically, Alexander Stephens, who would soon become Vice President of the Confederacy under Jefferson Davis, was among the moderate statesmen who recommended “sober diliberation” rather than […]

Sep
30
2011

The Seven Wonders Of The Ancient World

These ancient works of art and architecture were considered awe-inspiring in splendor and/or size by the Greek and Roman world of the Alexandrian epoch. Later classical writers disagreed as to which works made up the list of Wonders, but the following were usually included: The pyramids of Egypt – the only surviving ancient Wonder, these monumental structures of masonry, located at Giza on the W bank of the Nile R above Cairo, were built from […]

Sep
15
2011

AMERICAN INDIANS NAVAJO ART

The most populous of all Indian tribes in the United States, the Navajos migrated to the Southwest between the 10th and 13th centuries.  They eventually established contact with the Pueblo Indians, who introduced them to farming as a principal means of subsistence.  The Pueblos also influenced the Navajo in the arts, such as blanket weaving, painted pottery, and sand painting. Formerly nomads, today’s Navajos are sedentary, making their living by farming and raising sheep for […]

Aug
25
2011

William Shakespeare “The Bard of Avon”

Every country lays claim to some immortal writer; Greece has her Homer; Italy boasts of her Dante; Germany honors Goethe; France has her Victor Hugo- but William Shakespeare, who was born and who died in tiny Stratford-on-Avon, England, belongs to the world. For Shakespeare wrote a Universal language, and he is the only writer whose works do not suffer one bit by being translated into other tongues.  No other writer has ever come near the […]

Aug
22
2011

Captain Ed Freeman

COURAGE… You’re a 19 year old kid. You’re critically wounded and dying in the jungle somewhere in the central highlands of Vietnam. It’s November 11, l967, Your unit is out numbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 yard away, that your CO (Commanding Officer) has ordered the MedEvac helicopters to stop coming in. You’re lying there, listening to the enemy machine gun and you know you’re not getting out, you’re family […]

Aug
22
2011

What is behind the “Twelve Days of Christmas”

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly.  Someone during that era wrote the Christmas Carol- Twelve Days of Christmas, as a catechism song for young Catholics.  It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church.  Each element in the carol has a code word for religious reality which the children could remember. On the first […]

Aug
13
2011

Flood in Metro Manila

The weather in the Philippines are wet and dry only. We don’t have snow.  When it is wet or rainy season, flooding happens. Here’s a glimpse of the most recent one:

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