Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tax Day


Today is the day income tax returns and payments are due in the United States, and a day that many tax attorneys and accountants, not to mention taxpayers, are looking forward to putting behind them.  It is also about the time the Tennessee Valley Authority allows the water in our local lakes to come up for boating season.  We'll have to drive out to Louisville and have a look this weekend.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Palm Sunday

Today Christians celebrate Palm Sunday, which commemorates the Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Manatee Facts

The Smithsonian recently posted an article with fourteen fun facts about manatees.  Although my mom once lived in Florida, and we have been vacationing down there for many years, I have never seen one.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Happy Birthday, Mom!

"Happy birthday to our mommy, who is better than salami."  Only my sisters could think something like that up.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ogle County, Illinois


I recently enjoyed an audiobook biography of Abraham Lincoln (yes, another one), and it mentioned that there is an Ogle County in Illinois.  It was named for Joseph Ogle, a Revolutionary War veteran who is descended from my ancestor, John Ogle of New Castle, Delaware.  This is a picture of the Ogle County courthouse in Oregon, Illinois.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Why Isn't There a Wonder Man?


Sarah asked me not too long ago why there is not a Wonder Man, a counterpart to Wonder Woman analogous to Batman and Batgirl and Superman and Supergirl.  I knew that was sort of the point to Wonder Woman  I also knew that she was created as a strong heroine girls could relate to who wasn't just a female version of a male superhero, and that she is an Amazon.  I knew that the Amazons were a creation of Greek myth, but that was the extent of my knowledge.  Fortunately, the Smithsonian has an article that provides more insight, including reports of the graves of warrior women found on the Russian steppes.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Battle of Shiloh

The Battle of Shiloh ended in a Union victory on April 7, 1862.  The Civil War battle took place in what is now Hardin County in West Tennessee.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Ice Skating Performance

We just got back from watching Grace's first solo ice skating performance over in Knoxville at the Ice Chalet, and she did a wonderful job.  Sarah posed with her younger cousin just after her performance ended.  We don't have much planned for the rest of the day. 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Family Stuff

Sarah's school periodically hosts family gatherings.  Family members are invited to have lunch at the school and take part in an assembly.  Sherry and I attended on Friday, and one of Sarah's schoolmates took this picture of us at lunch.
There is a beautiful flowerbed at the justice center, and it is dedicated to victims of domestic violence.  The phlox (or thrift, if you prefer) is blooming nicely.
This one requires a bit of explaining.  The brown, "white" and black stuffed animal behind the Nexus pad is Kitty Leeter, which Sarah has treasured since she was a tot.  She never has come up with a good explanation for the name.  I keep bracing myself for the day when Kitty Leeter suffers the ultimate fate of most toys, which is being outgrown.  Sarah still treasures Kitty Leeter, but the toy's status as a prop for an electronic device in this photograph is telling.
 I thought the afternoon sun on these oranges the other day was pretty.



Friday, April 4, 2014

Aurora Borealis Images

This photograph of the Aurora Borealis in February was taken over Scotland.  There are more at Laughing Squid.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Death of Jesse James

On April 3, 1882, American outlaw Jesse James was shot by an associate, Robert Ford, who betrayed his fellow bank robber for bounty money.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Cats Came Over on the Mayflower


I was interested the other day about how cats got to North America.  This USA Today article asserts that they originated in the fertile crescent in the Middle East, and only arrived here by ship.  It seems the Pilgrims brought them along for rodent control.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014