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Winkle Pickers and Pioneers

Jennifer Stewart

Ever heard of a winkle picker? It's a kind of shoe. With a pointy toe. Named after the pointy thing you use to pick out the winkle from its shell. So you can eat it. Pretty tenuous connection, I'd say. It originated in England of course. The land where Cockneys say whistle and flute when they mean suit, or Hampstead Heath instead of teeth, Scotch eggs for legs, mince pies instead of eyes, chalk farms meaning arms. So if you..


The Advenchews (ADVENTURES) of Wobin Bwown: COMPASSION stuff... pawt thwee (part 3)

Robin Brown

Robert and Ronnie felt the same about Robin as Robin felt about them! Robert and Ronnie and Robin (the thwee(3) AMIGOS) were the bestest (BEST) of friends going into the thuwd gwade (THIRD GRADE!) It was around third grade that Robin really began to shine. He became a sports jock and Robert and Ronnie were still developing as young men. Never-the-less their friendships remained intact. Recess each day was such a...




Bing Limousin

Eve had a chance and she blew it…”Here honey, take a bite…(Adam) Mmmm, hey, you’re right, it's very good, now Eve you take a bite…(Eve) Naw, it’s not on my diet…” Bam, men out of Eden, take the snake with you, and all that's left is Paradise, with a capital ‘P’..a world without men. Man...what was Eve thinking? Sometimes, we might actually get what we want, and..


Honoring Heroes at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Memorial Day

Wayne and Judy Bayliff

There are many historical destinations in the United States, but to Americans, few have the emotional relevance of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Located in our National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, the Tomb is dedicated to lost and missing American soldiers from all wars. The Tomb was established with the interment of an unknown soldier from World War I on November 11, 1921. He was laid to rest directly beneath a marble...




Ella Camp

I've seen you- lurking round the dark distant corners of time, the stealthy staccato of your footsteps drawing ever closer to my ear. Turning away- I am unwilling to behold the familiar features of your face. Your greed astounds me! Never sated, ever yawning jaws grinning in mockery of my fear. I know you- for I have watched you many times draw close- to breathe your foul and searing breath upon my soul. Your lingering..


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A Haunting at Jamaica Inn

Jack H. Schick

Jamaica Inn, a world famous stone-block 18th century carriage-stop, is half way between Launceston and Bodmin in Cornwall. It's near the center of Bodmin Moor, about a mile west of Dozmary Pool (where Excaliber was allegedly thrown after King Arthur's death). It's a few miles east of Brown Willy (the sacred, highest point in Cornwall). There has been an inn there since 1547, but the current building is from 1750. It was...




ANDRO-ARMODIOSITY OR HUMAN ACTIVITY ENERGO-PHYSIO-PNEUMO-NEURO-EMOTO-INTEL-PLATONIA The seeminly eternal project of human race regeneration appears to be a complex whole of the Three Core Elements: 1. •Σ•εν?ργεια•energy; 2. •Φ•φυσικ?ς•physique; 3....



James Taylor

I have absolute and immense respect for living and fallen veterans. I have no doubt they were and are heroic in their fortitude and efforts. But (and this is a very big "but") we must acknowledge something lying underneath these heroes' endeavors. It is time we peeled back the war onion to fully understand. We speak of freedom and justice. We speak of heroes and courage. We are told stories by Presidents of the...


Last Order Last Ride

Hilda Cang

SATURDAY had always been an exciting day for me during my teenage years although I was uncertain whom would I be dating that evening or would my so-called dream boy happen to dial my number to ask me out for a drink or a movie or even a last-minute reminder of a party of some sort and if he didn't then I would be lonely and my Saturday would be wasted. Back then. Looking out of the window to expect a car slowly appearing in the...


Changing Our Thought Process

Susan Thom

Some of us don't believe we can change certain aspects of our thought process and behavior. However, for some who want to improve on their thinking and reacting, they are changing. For whatever reason, we can learn new ways of handling stress and anger. We can change many things concerning our personality and the way we think. Instead of believing we need to raise our voices, we can make a plan to change that course of living. We...


The Benefits of Growing Wild Chicory

Arlene Wright-Correll

The Benefits of Growing Wild Chicory© By Arlene Wright-Correll Wild Chicory is a bushy perennial herb with blue, purple, or occasionally white flowers. Wild Chicory is grown and cultivated for their leaves or for the roots which are baked, ground, and used as a coffee substitute and additive. The Wild Chicory leaves are used in salads, often times preferred over the Dandelion. The Wild Chicory leaves are...


Community Group Week Four: Immanuel Kant, 1724-1804

Bruce Horst

This week in our community group we watched a short video on the philosophies of Immanuel Kant, which can be viewed here: Kant was an early Enlightenment thinker . He was raised in a Christian household and saw positive benefits of Christianity, but he was concerned that as religion became less important in the world and was supplanted by reason, that humanity would lose sight of the...


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