Archive for January 2019

Today in History: January 31

  In 1874, The Jesse James gang Robbed a train in Missouri.* Bang, bang, bang, bang.   At 3:00 in the afternoon, the James-Younger gang boarded the train and proceeded to rob the passengers. While the exact amount was never certain, newspapers at the time estimated between $2,000 and $22,000 was stolen.  [Wild West Magazine]

Today in History: January 30

  In 1815 For our books in war lost,* We purchased Tom Jefferson’s At a reasonable cost.   *By 1814 when the British burned the nation’s Capitol and the Library of Congress, Jefferson had acquired the largest personal collection of books in the United States. Jefferson offered to sell his library to Congress as a... Read more »

Today in History: January 29

"Quoth the Raven 'Nevermore.'"     In 1845 Was published the “Raven” In which ‘Nevermore’ Is forever engraven.

Today in History: January 28

  In 1547 King Henry VIII Gave up the ghost And turned into a wraith.

The Wall fits Trump well.

    If Trump builds a wall, It will be Big and Tall. Which everyone knows Is where he buys clothes.

Would Jesus wear a MAGA hat?

  Author’s note:  When I was in high school, I used to write “JMJ” —Jesus, Mary, Joseph— at the top of my assignments. Now Catholic high school students wear MAGA caps to show support for an ungodly man who grabs  women’s crotches, wants to build walls, and sows division.       Would Jesus wear... Read more »

How to brush up your memory

“Here’s something you might not have heard before. Remembering to floss might help you remember lots of other things. Flossing not only protects your teeth, it might also protect your memory, according to researchers.”    []   In the process of aging we all bear this cross: The frequent affliction of memory loss. Now they think... Read more »

A Reflection on the Snowstorm headed our way

        I’ve just read ChicagoNow’s Bon Bini Ya’ll’ s latest post, “The Antediluvian Days of Long Distance Telephone Calls”.  As always, a very fascinating and enjoyable piece on Candace Drimmer’s adventures in Peru. If you haven’t read her yet, you’re  missing her wonderful insights on life in a foreign country and on... Read more »


“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was among four Democrats to march through congress and demand Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hold a vote to reopen the government.The 29-year-old progressive visited the Senate majority office, the Senate cloakroom, the Senate floor, and McConnell’s personal office trying to hunt the Republican down and deliver a letter insisting he tabled the vote.’He seems to... Read more »

When Vladimir met Donald

  When Putin met Trump in a  private powwow, It took place in Helsinki not far from Moscow. What they said when they met Trump has not told us yet; Something Putin, I’m sure, said he shouldn’t allow.