Friday, February 24, 2017

Marbury v. Madison

On February 24, 1803, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its unanimous opinion in the famous case Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137 (1803), setting forth its power to rule upon the constitutionality of Congressional legislation.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Throwback Thursday -- Long Lost Cat Version

For today's throwback Thursday I give you a picture of Sarah and Louie, the cat Molly replaced. Louie was a good cat, but he liked to wander. That was okay when we lived in our rental townhouse on Lively Road when we first moved to Maryville from Nashville, but it was not such a good thing once we moved to our current home on Everett Hill. He went prowling one day and never returned.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Earth and Moon

This image, from the GOES-16 satellite, shows our moon above the Earth. (Via NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

First Publication of the Cherokee Phoenix

On February 21, 1828, the Cherokee Phoenix was first published. Published in both English and Cherokee, it was the first newspaper published in a Native American language, using Sequoyah's famous syllabary.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Presidents Day

Today is Presidents Day, and Sarah and I have the day off from school and work. Enjoy the holiday!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Admission of Vermont

On February 18, 1791, the United States Congress passed legislation admitting the State of Vermont, which had functioned as a sovereign independent state since 1777, into the United States as the fourteenth state, effective March 4, 1791.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Book Review -- Eisenhower in War in Peace by Jean Edward Smith

A couple of months ago I made it through the lengthy Eisenhower in War in Peace by Jean Edward Smith. My paternal grandfather was Harvey Isenhour, and his surname is pronounced the same as President Eisenhower's is, so I was interested to learn more about a President to whom I might be distantly related.

I was aware that Eisenhower had an affair during World War II, but wasn't aware of the extent of it until I finished this book. He basically kept her as a wife in Europe while Mamie, his actual wife, remained stateside, and then he abruptly dumped her when the war was over. That, of course, was a small part of his World War II story, and his overall story is even broader.

Eisenhower is part of the reason we have an interstate highway system. Early in his military career he was involved in an exercise to take a military convoy across the United States on what was then a very primitive road system, at least from our point of view. The difficulties the convoy encountered on that trip convinced him of the need for a national system of roadways.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Throwback Thursday

Here is a picture of Joey and Jake when they were about eleven for today's throwback Thursday picture.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Letter from Columbus

On February 15, 1493, Christopher Columbus wrote an open letter aboard the Nina describing his exploration of various islands in the Caribbean. Copies were widely distributed in the months following his return to Europe.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day


Sherry and I got married on the second floor of the justice center on St. Valentine's Day 2002, making today our fifteenth wedding anniversary.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Backhoe on the Hill

We came home a couple of days this past week to find this small backhoe parked across the street from our house. It has been moved down the street, but the concrete pieces are still out there. Also, workers cut a slice in the road in front of our mailbox, suggesting that they will be digging the road up again. They dug a trench across the road and a hole in the neighbor's yard a couple of years ago after I called the city when I noted water coming up out of the road. Perhaps that was a temporary repair, and this work will improve upon it.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Daffodils in February

We have unseasonably warm weather again this weekend with temperatures around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and daffodils open in our front yard. Sherry and Sarah are heading out in about an hour to work on some of the stage settings for Sarah's theater group, and then they are going to see the movie La La Land. I checked the Star Trek movie Generations out of the library this morning, and I will view that while they are away.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Red Aurora

This image shows a red aurora in the atmosphere above Australia. NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day explains why the aurora is red rather than green.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Throwback Thursday

For throwback Thursday, here is a picture of a little bitty Sarah holding a little bitty Molly about ten years ago.