Decoration Day


Officially it’s Memorial Day in the US. But it was once Decoration Day.  The origins of this run deep.  The Union troops first celebrated the holiday on May 30, 1868.  But their were ones before that.

April 26,1866 was the first offical celebration of the Civil War dead in the south.  The gravesodd the Confederate troops were decorated with ribbons and buttons.  It was a symbol of homespun touches.  The south want left with much. Most of the people in the south eye fast from rich before the war.

There small marking on Anniversary of major battles were common for both Northern and Southern graves.  This was a war that no one thought would ever come.  It’s a war that started with only a Northern Army and  Northern Navy.   The South were farmers with little industry.   Every able bodied man who wasn’t a plantain owner fought in the South.

The Northern Armies were full of troops that well to do people paid others to take their place.  In the North, a grand horse race track called Saratoga opened in the height of the war.  The Southern people raced to Richmond to riot for bread.  The honor of the fighters for the South was not lost that all but Gettysburg was fought in their homes, their fields, over their crops.

Both sides died in a war to force the country back together. From the beginning when families watch on the side lines outside Alexandria.  To the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse.  These men lead to a celebration to honor all those lost in battle under Stars and Stripes

Shoo-fly Ruins – Exploring My World 

A first blush these aren’t the ruins you go to visit.   Actually this is what find look like before they are cleaned up and repaired and signed.  The rock outlines and fences spread out across 4 acres here.   There are changes in styles of rooms and positioning with other rooms.  Over four hundred years people lived here.   They used rocks as foundations and covered them with branches or skins and wooden frames.  

In the picture above, the sapling pine sits where a door was.  There is an oval ring where a house stood about 1150 AD toward the end of their stay here. 

It’s on the Houston Mesa Rd off of North Arizona 87.  There’s a weird feeling to the place.  You could spend more time here than you realize. 

Reblog – Gaspard de Besse: Robin Hood of Provence

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Gaspard de Besse, Robin Hood of Provence

Just like Robin Hood, Gaspard de Besse robbed from the rich (who detested him) and gave to the poor (who adored him). But while Robin Hood’s roots are shrouded in mystery, there’s no doubt about the identity of our French outlaw.

Young Gaspard
Gaspard Bouis, later known as Gaspard de Besse, was born February 9, 1757 in Besse-sur-Issole, a small village in the Var region of southern France. His father died one year later, and Gaspard was placed in the care of the local priest. The priest assumed Gaspard would follow his footsteps into a religious life and made sure he had a proper education.

However, Gaspard was a charming, handsome smooth-talker who wasn’t suited to the priestly way of life. At the age of seventeen, he left the small town of Besse and went to Toulon for a taste of the city. It’s in Toulon that he began his…

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​The embodiment of profound

Obfuscation of the message

Panacea to common sense

You unite in dividing

Noble scarecrows bow

Highness of sorts, never reached

Your dias commands quite a view

Reality may never see it that way

Their loss and suffering of ignorance 

If you could impart your ways again

We are dying to hear the cure of our ills 

Only one can dance us to the edge

Into yonder Valley lies paradise

Or is it our grave.

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The sun warmed the prairies surrounding the Greasy Grassy River, the bison entered the valley looking for fresh grazing opportunities.  A single scout came down from the ridge hurriedly toward the battle chiefs tipi. 

“Tonight, we light up our tents to show our white brothers we are far too many to attack during game the hunt.”  Crazy Horse smiles knowing Custer is a dead man.



Reblog – How a Portuguese-to-English Phrasebook Became a Cult Comedy Sensation | Atlas Obscura

A writing lesson speaking to the sad truth, it’s not what you want the story to be but what the reader makes of it!


Photo credit : Nonnaci

The radio fails.   We knew it would.  The phones we brought were ploys to make us feel normal.  The large spinning rings passed us through to another place.

The science was clear. It would be another time but the same place. They told us to be back to the landing point after six hours.

That would be fine had we landed. But the wormholes don’t keep time.   We are traveling.   Our useless devices tell us ten hours have pasted.   We were going into the future.   Saving ourselves is never easy. 

Two people harnessed into a sphere.  Disappear in time.  Someday, they will land.  The future doesn’t depend on them just civilization.   Cures are out there, they have always told us that.