Showing posts from January, 2014

Remembering Another Time...

An antique steam train museum in East Broad Top PA. Photo taken about 2010.

Uninspired to Create...

Actually, I'm still recovering from my bronchitis. Here is a 're-visit' to a photo I like, taken on a Kansas farm a couple of years back. I like the colors and patterns.

I Forgot to Post This....

The people who live in this home near us always arrange the Christmas decor so it looks like they have one very tall Christmas Tree. It makes me smile.

"A Paratrooper at War in Europe"

I finished reading "All the Way to Berlin" published in 2003 by James Megellas, a former member of the 82nd Airborne's frontline para-infantry in the Second World War. In college, the author was in ROTC, so he was destined to serve in the military after graduation in 1942. He wanted to fight the enemy in combat from the first; eventually settling on paratroop training. The memoir is easy reading; his memories are reinforced by research about names, dates and places. Lt. Megellas's view of WW2 was not comfortable or fancy, most of the two years spent on front lines, in foxholes, in battle in places like Anzio Beach in Italy, in Holland with Operation Market Garden (the "Bridge Too Far" story), helping to contain the German's last offensive with the Battle of the Bulge. Ultimately, he volunteered to be part of the forces policing divided Berlin after the German Surrender. Amazing to learn how brutal conditions were: for example a couple of instances were …

Below Zero

Very cold for this area. Brrrrrrr.

Best Time of the Year....

Our days are short, pale and oh, so cold; but we are past the solstice, it's time to tell Australia to "Send Back the Sun". Won't be long before it will be clearly light when I arrive at my nearby train station in the evening, I'll walk in twilight instead of black darkness the rest of the way home. (Small pleasures). I've been sick all week. Today I started feeling stronger. I ordered some better winter boots from Sierra Trading Post. I read for a while. I folded laundry.