The Key to Happiness is Not in Someone Else’s Pocket

28 Oct

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

We can’t control all the circumstances in life,
but we can control how we react.
An attitude of optimism lightens the load.
That truly is a fact.

Negativity is heavy,
like a backpack we should remove.
When we work on our attitude,
our whole demeanor will improve.

There is something more to life
than what we can see.
Who we really are
is our true identity.

If you want to be happy,
begin where you are.
Don’t wait for some Rapture
that’s future and far.
Begin to be joyous, determined to be glad,
and soon you’ll forget
that you ever were sad.


My 2016 Mid-West Trip~Part 17

26 Oct

A Slice of Life

 Bill Lites


Day 17 (Monday)

I had left a wakeup call, with the motel desk clerk, for 6:00 AM, but was awakened at 5:53 AM by the loud slamming of a door across the hall. I got up and shaved, showered, dressed and had a cup of yogurt, when at 7:05 the phone rang with my wakeup call. Good thing I wasn’t on a tight time schedule!




I finished packing and was ready to leave the motel, for the airport, by 8:15 AM. I had made a test run to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport the night before, so I wouldn’t fall for one of Greta’s wild goose chases this morning, and possibly miss my flight. The morning traffic wasn’t too bad, and the trip was uneventful. I didn’t want to have to roll my suitcase that long distance from the Thrifty Rental Car return to the main airport lobby, so I stopped on the “Departures” ramp long enough to use the Southwest Airlines curbside check-in (nothing like the mess I had to endure at the Orlando airport on the day I left on this trip).



All went well and I was on my way to return my rental car. Rental car return was a breeze and I even got a courtesy ride from the rental car building to the main airport lobby.




I had checked-in for my flight online the night before, and had printed my boarding pass, so I didn’t have to check in at the Southwest ticket counter. I stopped and had another cup of Yogurt and an apple before going through security. I couldn’t believe how easy and quick the security check was! I arrived at my departure gate at 9:15 AM.




Boarding for my flight to Orlando began at 9:45 AM and we were pushing back from the gate, right on time, at 10:10 AM. The one hour and 20 minute Southwest non-stopped flight, from New Orleans to Orlando, went very quickly and very smoothly until we approached Orlando International Airport, at which time the cloud cover caused considerable turbulence until just before we landed.




DiVoran picked me up and we headed for SR-436 to find a place for lunch. As luck would have it, we spotted a Panera’s Bread restaurant and enjoyed a great lunch while we caught up on what we each had missed during the last 17 days.

It sure was good to get home and have time to take a nap for a change. I missed a lot of those on this trip and will have to get caught up on my rest before I think about considering another trip anytime soon. Hope you enjoyed this trip as much as I did. See you next time for my next road trip adventure.




—–The End—–




Old Time Remedies

25 Oct

A Life to Live

Melody Hendrix

I smile to think of what they used
To help us kids survive,
But I am “going on” 69
And very much alive.
My sorest throats were eased, and I
Still hold no bit of rancor
To think of sucking sugar lumps
With a drop or two of camphor.
And camphor mixed with goose grease for
A winter chest congestion;
Baking soda cleaned my teeth
And helped my indigestion.
Because of Mother’s tender heart
I hereby sing a Gloria!
She never gave me castor oil,
Just syrupy Castoria.
Salt for all mosquito bites,
Cobwebs on the scratches,
The sickroom fumigated with
Our sulphur kitchen matches.
Somehow there’s quite a bunch of us
That never had a shot,
But here we are still kicking 
And enjoying it a lot.
– Author Unknown

These are just for fun!!! I think when you read them you will see that.
These old time remedies, collected from a variety of sources, may have really been used by old timers, or may have just been myth and legends. We do not recommend that you use these remedies. But, just in case you get a wild hair and decide to try one, be forewarned, some of these may very well be dangerous! If you try them, you do so at your own risk. Better yet, just DON’T try them!! They are fun to read.

⦁ Wash your face with a wet diaper.
⦁ Mix 3 teaspoons of honey into 8 ounces of apple cider. Rub on face several times daily.
⦁ Eat raw liver and drink fresh blood.
Ant Bites
⦁ Take a dip of snuff and rub the fresh dipped snuff on the bite.
⦁ Tie a leather thong around your waist and the appendicitis will enter the thong. Take the thong and tie it around a tree and the sickness will enter the tree.  
⦁ Dissolve 3/4 teaspoon powder pectin (or 1-tablespoon liquid pectin) in a glass of purple grape juice. Drink once a day. This is from an Amish doctor and about 60% of the people who try it say it really works. The liquid dissolves better than the powder.
⦁ Take a dead cat into the woods to a hollow stump that has spunk in it. Twirl the cat overhead and then toss the cat to the south. Walk away north but do not look back.
⦁ Carry a potato in your pocket. It will not rot, but harden as it absorbs the arthritis.
⦁ Tie a strip of cloth soaked in turpentine around the limb.
⦁ If a child has asthma stand him up against a tree and drive a nail in the tree an inch above his head. If the child grows an inch in the next year, the asthma will disappear.
⦁ Eat lots of carrots.
⦁ Mix 1 tablespoon of salt in 1/2 cup strong cider vinegar. Swallone one half spoonful every ten seconds until gone.
⦁ Wear a muskrat skin on the chest with the fur next to the chest.
Baldness/Thinning Hair
⦁ Smear your head with fresh cow manure.
⦁ For thinning hair make a solution of salt and water and comb through hair every day until you see hair becoming thicker.
⦁ To prevent thinning and baldness, never cut the hair in the light of the moon.
Beard Growing
⦁ The Liquid obtained from boiling old boots was used to promote the growth of hair on the face of young men—an attempt to appear more masculine. 
Bee Stings
⦁ Mix up honey and dirt dauber’s nest and rub it on the sting.
⦁ Catch a chaparral bird (roadrunner) in the early morning. Kill and eat it and the boil will go away.
⦁ Soak a small section of heel of homemade white bread in boiling water. Squeeze with back of spoon. Lay on sterile gauze or boiled cloth. Add pinch baking soda (1/4 tsp). Mix with soaked bread, wrap in gauze and apply to affected area. 
⦁ Applying meat fat, raw potatoes, war sauerkraut or yellow lye soap to the boil will bring it to a head.
⦁ Apply ice wrapped in damp washcloth until pain stops. No scaring will occur. 
⦁ Go to the lot and make a calf get up and defecate. Put the feces in a flour sack and cover the burn with it. Leave it on until the next morning.
⦁ Apply strong tea to the burned area.
⦁ Cancer – Preventing
⦁ Eat three almonds a day and you will not die from cancer.
⦁ Take a new broom and sweep across his/chills back in the sign of a cross.
Colds – Curing
⦁ Catching leaves in your hand, which fall from the trees in the fall, will cure a head cold.
Colds – Preventing
⦁ Eat an onion sandwich and wash your hair.
⦁ Close the windows and doors of the baby’s room and have the father keep smoking a pipe or cigar.
⦁ Put some cow dung in water and bring it to a boil. Gargle the water three times a day and your cough will be gone.
⦁ Bake onions and pour all the juice from the baked onions into a glass and drink.
Crick in the Neck
⦁ Go down to the hog pen and find where a hog has rubbed his neck against the fence, then rub your neck in the same spot.
⦁ Pack sheep droppings into a tobacco sack and soak in warm water. Apply the sack to your neck and wear it until the choking spell is over.
⦁ Pack the cut in axle grease.
⦁ Take a large army ant and apply him to the cut, so that he takes hold of each side of the wound with his pincers. Cut his head off from his body, leaving his head to hold the cut together.
⦁ Apply spider’s web to a bleeding cut.
Note: These are just for fun! While these were actually published in old books, we do not recommend that you try them! They actually could be dangerous!
⦁ To one quart of water, add one ounce of sulphur. Shake very well very two hours and saturate the head every morning with the liquid. Dandruff will disappear, leaving hair bright and glossy.
⦁ Eat several coconut cookies (some say this really works.) 
⦁ Have someone blow tobacco smoke into the ear five times while saying, “Hurt, hurt, go away; go into a bale of hay.”
⦁ Gather a supply of rabbit dung and make a strong tea of the dung in hot water. Strain and drink the tea every half hour until the sweating stops.
⦁ To cure the flu, put sulphur in your shoes.
Foot Gone to Sleep
⦁ Wet your finger with spit and put the sign of the cross on the sole of your foot.
⦁ To get rid of freckles, get up at five-thirty on Sunday morning and go outside. If there is a lot of dew get your hands real wet in the grass. Rub the dew on your face and turn around nine times, saying, “Dew, dew, do, do, take my freckles; wear ‘em on you; dew, dew, thank you.” Say this nine times while turning around. Do not wash the dew off and do not wash your face until the next day.
⦁ To remove freckles or skin spots — take a small flatfish fresh from the sea and hold it firmly against the skin until the fish dies. This will also cure the whooping cough 
⦁ Sleep with a pair of scissors under your pillow. The next morning the headache will be gone.
⦁ Hold your arms above your head and pant like a dog.
⦁ Take a drink of water while standing on your head.
⦁ Stick your head under water and count to twenty-five.
⦁ Put your head between your legs and look at the sun 
Ingrown Toenail
⦁ Tie a lizard’s liver to a leather string. Take the leather string and tie it around your left ankle. The ingrown toenail will disappear in nine days.
⦁ First, put your clothes on an anthill. Then wash your head in kerosene. Spring your head with sea salt and then, parting the hair, pour raw whisky on your scalp. Let it stay for 48 hours. Do not smoke or go near the fire.  
Liver Trouble
⦁ Take one-half of a white turnip and one-half of a purple turnip and tie together with a white string. Urinate on it. Hang this on the bedpost of the bed on the first night, then on the foot post the second night until you circle the bed.
⦁ Put burned cornmeal in a tobacco bag and hang it around the neck.
⦁ Tie a black sock around your neck. To keep mumps from going down on a boy, tie a red cloth around his waist.
⦁ Every night pour a bucket of cold water over your head. Keep this up for fourteen days and you will be cured.
⦁ Take a piece of string and make nine knots in it 
⦁ Find a rock that is partly covered with dirt. Remove the rock from its resting place and spit on the bottom or covered side. Replace the rock in the same hole exactly as you found it.
⦁ People who perspire a lot should use a teaspoonful of ammonia in bathwater. Alum, borax or ammonia added to bathwater is also effective.
Poison Ivy (oak, sumac, etc)
⦁ Make a paste from fels naptha soap and apply. Do not cover. Let it dry and flake off by itself. One application usually does the job. This from the 1930’s. 
Poor Eyesight
⦁ Pierced ears help cure poor eyesight 
⦁ The first snow to fall in May is good for sore eyes 
⦁ Tansey is a yellow flower that blooms on a leafy stem about two feet tall. It usually grew wild in the local gardens. The stem, flowers and all were gathered, deposited in some kind of bag, and hung up to dry. Then when needed they were crushed and made into hop poultices for application to the chest and/or back of a person suffering from pneumonia 
⦁ Sear the bite with a hot iron to keep from going crazy.
⦁ Apply the juice of the Aloe Vera leaf to the rash. If it is a bull nettle rash, all you have to do is urinate on it.
⦁ Find a black-headed girl between the ages of twelve and sixteen and have her remove her right shoe. Now rub her big toe well over the ringworm for about one minute. Within a week the ringworm will have disappeared.
⦁ Take the best Cuba cigars; smoke one a sufficient length of time to accumulate about an inch of ash upon the end of the cigar. Wet the whole surface of the ringworm with saliva then rub the ashes from the cigar thoroughly into and over the sore.
⦁ Circling ringworm with one’s wedding ring and crossing it three times will surely cure it. 
Sore Eyes
⦁ Catch some bedbugs and crush them. Mix with salt and human milk. Rub this mixture on the eyes night and morning.
Sore Throat
⦁ Take a black thread, tie nine knots in it, and wear it around your neck for nine days.
⦁ Heat coarse salt in a cast iron frying pan; fill hand knit wool stocking with heated salt. Sew top of stocking together. Hold around the neck with large safety pin. 
⦁ Tie a piece of fatback on a string and swallow the fatback, pulling it up again by the string. Repeat several times. 
⦁ To prevent catching strep throat, burn orange peels on the damper and inhale while they are burning. 
⦁ Mix turpentine from a fir tree with sugar and swallow it.
⦁ Eat molasses candy made with a small amount of kerosene oil. Some people just boiled molasses and kerosene oil (or Minard’s Liniment) and took a couple of spoonfuls every few hours. 
⦁ Rub kerosene oil and butter on the throat and chest. 
⦁ Take a dirt dauber’s nest and make a mud out of it with vinegar. Daub it on the sprain and wrap a stocking around it.
Stomach Ache/Cramps
⦁ Cut some hair off from behind the right ear in the light of the moon. Then throw it over your right shoulder
⦁ .Lie across a barrel and roll until your hands touch the ground on one side, then push with your hands and roll back until your feet touch the ground on the other side. Repeat several times. 
⦁ A teaspoon of ground ginger in a glass of sweetened boiling water, sipped while very hot is a cure for stomach pain. 
⦁ Hit the person stuttering in the mouth with a chicken gizzard.
Warts (Warts were obviously a problem, because there are lots of these.)
⦁ Make a paste of baking soda and spirits of camphor and apply every night. Cover with a bandage. Remove in morning. Removes all kinds of warts, even stubborn planter’s warts that resist every “medical” treatment. This is from another Edgar Cayce reading.
⦁ Rub the wart with a rock. Put the rock in a tobacco sack and throw it over your left shoulder.
⦁ Rub the wart with a piece of bacon that has been stolen from a neighbor.
⦁ Catch a frog and rub him on the wart
⦁ Walk out into the road after dark when you can see the moon. Run around three times and spit over your right shoulder.
⦁ Take a tick from a dog and let the tick bit the wart. In two or three days the wart should be gone. Then put the tick back on the dog. 
⦁ Cut bark from a tree and rub it on the warts. Then tape the bark back on the tree. By the time it grows on again, the warts should have gone. 
⦁ Rub fatback on your warts and give it to a dog. If he eats the fat back, the warts will go away
⦁ Tie a horse hair around each wart and within a week all the warts will fall off 
⦁ Rub fatback over the warts and throw it over your left shoulder. Don’t look to see where it goes. If an animal eats the fatback, your warts will disappear. 
⦁ Apply chalk to warts; with same piece of chalk mark X over the oven door for each wart. As the chalk burns off, the warts will disappear. 
⦁ Bathe warts occasionally for a week or so in water in which potatoes have been boiled. 
⦁ When you go to church, make the sign of the cross over your warts three times. 
⦁ Light a match , let it burn a little, then blow it out, touch the burnt end to wart and get someone to hid the match 
⦁ Put butter on wart and have a cat lick it. 
⦁ Warts can be cured by touching each one with a piece of string and then tying knots in the string — one knot for each wart. The string is buried in the ground, and when the string rots the warts disappear. 
⦁ Another cure for warts is the bathe them in water found in a depression in a rock, at the same time saying “In the name of the Father, son, and Holy Ghost.” This only works if you come across such a rock accidentally — it’s no good if you go out looking for the rock. 
⦁ Apply snail to warts. 
Whooping Cough
⦁ Put some hair from the person on a piece of bread outside the kitchen door where the moon can shine on it. If a dog comes along and eats it, the cough will be cured in five days.
⦁ Grab hold of a table leg when coughing.
⦁ Place a pan of fresh chicken droppings under the bed.
Compiled and edited by Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated July, 2016





I am retired and enjoying life. My hobbies are my 5 grandchildren, son and daughter, and my loving husband. I am a photographer and extreme nature lover. I love spending time in my garden or in the wilderness connected to God my Creator.

The Young Men

24 Oct

My Take

DiVoran Lites


Painting by DiVoran Lites




The boys aren’t children anymore,
Yet they race kites along the shore,
The splashing surf roars up, away,
While twilight steals across the bay.
So tall and strong and smart these two,
There is nothing they can’t do.
And so they string a three-tiered kite
And loop-the-loop into the night.
When tails get tangled, kites swoop down
To trail the sand along the ground.
In silhouette the men stand tall.
And, as the kite begins to fall,
They run to lift it, set it free,
Performing high for all to see
Against a burnt-sienna sky,
An acrobat a-flying high.
The boy’s are men now – how they grew!
And there’s just nothing they can’t do.

Treasures From Germany~Part 1

23 Oct


Judy Wills


We were blest with being able to live in West Germany for a total of six years. We spent three years in Wiesbaden, then 10 years later, we returned to Germany for another three years in Heidelberg.   Both tours of duty were precious to us. God gave us the opportunity to live in a country that wasn’t our native land, to see the beauty of other parts of the world, and to know another culture. I wish every American citizen could have that experience – to see the United States from the viewpoint of other countries. It certainly helped us to see what a wonderful and free country we live in.

One thing we did, that I wish was imperative for every American, was to visit a World War 2 concentration camp. We visited Dachau several times – on our own, and with friends and family that came to visit us.


Dachau has been really “cleaned up” from what it was during the war, but the atmosphere is still there. It truly makes us appreciate the United States so much more.



But there were other things that we did in Europe to make us wish we could have stayed longer. We traveled to England.




We traveled to Italy.




We traveled to Greece.




We traveled to Switzerland.




We traveled to Austria and Liechtenstein.



Mozartplatz in Salzburg


We traveled to France.




As you can see, we were well-traveled. We saw beauty everywhere. And we saw treasures everywhere we went. Some of those treasure we bought and brought home with us.

I’ve mentioned the alabaster lampstands, and onyx “eggs” that we enjoy. We had a friend in Maine who was a bit of a germaphobe and actually boiled the alabaster items her husband brought back! They literally crumbled in her hands! Ouch!

Somewhere along the line, we picked up this set of bells.




When I had a meal ready, I would “ring the bells” to let everyone know that it was time to gather at the table. I still have the bells, but don’t usually ring them anymore. I just yell for Fred to come.

I have never developed a taste for beer, wine, or any other alcoholic drink. However, that didn’t prevent me from purchasing this cute miniature wine-glass set.




When I saw it, it just struck my fancy. And as for the beer and schnapps glasses – they were a gift from a delightful German girl who came and stayed with us for a few weeks.




The York High School in Yorktown, Virginia, has a German “sister city” – Zweibrücken – and some of their students came to stay in Virginia to see how we lived. A lovely girl named Astrid stayed with us, and her thank-you gift was this beer and schnapps glass. We don’t use it, but think of her and the time we had together when we look at it.

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Did you know these seven truths about your religion? | Janet Perez Eckles

22 Oct

Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

Janet Perez Eckles


cooltext206519742151781The best part of speaking before any group is what happens afterwards. Often folks stop and chat with me. This past week, that very thing happened.

A man shook my hand. “I was touched by your message,” he said, “and I just want to know how you deal with the fact that the disease with your eyes is hereditary?”

“What do you mean?” I said.

“Well, I have a disease. It’s hereditary, and I can’t let go the worry and total fear my child will inherit it. I’m afraid of the future.”

He paused. “And I don’t have any religion…don’t believe in much of anything.”

I wanted to give him a huge hug and whisper in his ear, “You don’t need a religion, you need a relationship with Jesus to set you free from that worry and fear.”

Forgive me for being presumptuous. But if you are one of those who believe that religion is the answer, here are seven truths to ponder upon:

  1. Religion offers rituals, Jesus offers a personal relationship.
  2. Religions can change; Jesus is the same today, tomorrow and forever.
  3. Religion works to win grace, Jesus becomes the grace we can work under.
  4. Religion doesn’t offer forgiveness; Jesus became the forgiveness for our sin.
  5. Religion offers no miracle; Jesus delights in performing them.
  6. Religion doesn’t take you to heaven; Jesus took the blame so we could enter it.
  7. Religions bind us; Jesus sets us free.

When we spend sleepless nights, we wring our hands about the uncertainty of tomorrow, and mistakenly, we go by the way of religion, that’s why Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

What rules your life these days—nothing in particular or a religion or a relationship with Christ, the Savior?

Source: Did you know these seven truths about your religion? | Janet Perez Eckles

If Calories Didn’t Count

21 Oct

From the Heart

Louise GibsonA photo by Ben White.



‘”The two biggest sellers in any book store
are the cook books and the diet books.

The cook book tells you how to prepare
the food, and the diet books tell you how
not to eat any of it.”
Andy Rooney

If calories didn’t count. we could eat whatever
we wanted
and the number on the scales wouldn’t mount.
If calories didn’t matter and wouldn’t make us
gain a pound,
We could throw away our scales,
and forget about growing round.

“Which book is in YOUR hand? : -)

Louise Gibson

A Fair View

20 Oct


A Fair View…From a Volunteer

By Patricia Franklin



Our guest blogger, Patricia Franklin and her husband volunteered at the Colorado State Fair this year. These are her observations as seen in the Publication of Pikes Peak Citizens for Life newsletter:

I have been a volunteer at the  Pike’s Peak Citizens for Life booth for several years and would like to express what a positive impact it has had on visitors. This year, in fact, the display seemed to impress many people.



For more fetal baby models see:

Men, women, families, teens, and children were all interested in the display. The children loved the models and loved seeing how a baby grows. Boys as well as girls, asked to hold the 12 week models. Pregnant moms were excited to see how big their own babies were. I was particularly surprised and heartened by the number of men who commented, thanked, and encouraged us.

A man approached the booth, picked up a couple of 12 week models, and handed them to his two teenaged girls. I gave them a brochure, he pointedly said to them, “Read that!” as he handed me a donation.

One young man came up with several of his friends, saw the models and repeated excitedly, “My baby is 11 weeks old! My baby is 11 weeks old!” He hurried back to find his wife and brought her over to look at the baby models. His friends thoroughly enjoyed his outburst and enthusiasm.

Some men had tears in their eyes. One man with his wife and two teenage sons stopped, looked, and tearfully said, “I thank God every day for my sons.”

Several people asked, “How can anyone abort a baby,” or commented, “God bless you for your work.” Some from past years stopped by to give a donation.

The video stopped people in their tracks. Even mothers who already had children were excited and surprised that the baby in the film was opening its mouth, yawning, and sucking its thumb right in the womb.

A couple of men and a woman hurried up just as we were closing for the evening. They thanked us, took our hands, and prayed with us.

There’s really no other public venue where people have access to this type of information, and they are so pleased and grateful that it’s right out there for them to see and share with family and friends.

I just wanted you to know what an impact Pike’s Peak Citizens for Life have made on people’s lives. For me it is a blessing to be a small part of this experience.

List of Pro-Life Organizations.




My 2016 Mid-West Trip~Part 16

19 Oct

A Slice of Life

Bill Lites


Day 16 (Sunday)


I began the day with a nice drive west on I-10 from Mobile to Gulfport, Mississippi. Since it was Sunday, I didn’t expect any of the museums to be open, and most of them were not. But I wanted to take a look at their locations anyway. My first stop was to check out the Busted Wrench Garage & Museum there at Gulfport. The building was closed and very small, and didn’t look big enough to house a lot of cars. But, when I Googled the museum, I was surprised to see photos of a nice collection of beautifully restored cars that I missed.




Just down the road a ways was my next stop at the Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum. Here again the museum was closed, and the building was not very large.   I could see through the window that they had a good sized model railroad layout, but not much room for anything else.




Next I drove a sort distance south of I-10 to check out the Gulfport Dragway strip. The fellow attending the entrance gate informed me that they had drag races on Wednesdays only, and no other races were scheduled for today. That made three closed attractions in a row so far today.




As part of the planning for this trip I had contacted my son about the possibility of meeting my granddaughter in Gulfport for lunch. Lacey is attending college in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, about 65 Miles north of Gulfport, and this would provide the perfect opportunity for us to meet and spend some time together. As it turned out, she was able to meet with me and we had a delightful lunch at Shaggy’s Gulfport Beach Restaurant on U.S. 90 overlooking the beach.




After lunch I took some time to drive around the beautiful Gulfport Marina, and took some pictures. There was a large ship tied up at the Gulfport docks, which looked like it might have been a cable-laying ship. I had never seen anything like it, and couldn’t figure out how it might work.




Then I headed west again on I-10 for New Orleans, LA. I tried the Cars of Yesteryear’s Museum in Metairie Louisiana, but here again they were closed.




Next I took on the 24 mile long Lake Pontchartrain Causeway from New Orleans to Madisonville. My objective was to visit the Lake Pontchartrain Maritime Museum.  This was a very nice museum filled with a large verity of local historical memorabilia.




Of course, there was also a considerable amount of information about the Civil War. This included a replica of the 2-man Confederate submarine CSS Pioneer (1861), which was a predecessor to the famous Confederate Civil War submarine, the CSS H. L. Hunley (1864). I had never heard of the CSS Pioneer and was surprised to discover that during initial sea trials, it sank with the loss of the crew of 2. After being raised and refitted for more sea trials, it was scuttled, for fear of capture, when the Union Army advanced on New Orleans in April of 1862.




More well-known is the Confederate Civil War submarine CSS H. L. Hunley, which was even more deadly than the Pioneer. During the sea trials of the Hunley, it sank on two different occasions, with the loss of the entire crew of 8 both times. Each time the submarine was raised, improved and refitted for more sea trials. Then finally, in February of 1864, when the Hunley was successfully used to attack and sink the Union ship USS Housatonic, it became the first submarine in history to sink an enemy ship during wartime. Unfortunately, the Hunley was lost, on that sorte the final time, taking all 8 crew members to their death, including the inventor Horace L. Hunley. Interestingly, I saw a full-scale replica of the CSS H. L. Hunley when I visited the Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, AL just yesterday.




As I was leaving Madisonville I noticed a complex of unusual condos over-looking a small bay and marina. The owners had their living quarters on the second floor and underneath each condo was a protected slip for their private boat moorings. How convenient.




Driving North from Madisonville, back across that 24 mile Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, seemed to take a lot longer than it did going south. I was curious about the construction of the causeway and found the following details on Wikipedia. The two, 2-lane bridges that make up the Causeway qualify it, in the Guinness World Records, as the longest “continuous” bridge over water in the world, at 23.83 miles long. The two spans were built between 1955-1956 & 1967-1969, and the two causeway bridges are supported on 9,500 concrete pilings, and 40,000 cars cross the Causeway daily.



By the time I got to the motel, I was ready to relax and have some supper. I had enough of the Taco Bell Mexican Pizza left over from last night to satisfy me. Then I had a cup of Blueberry yogurt for dessert. That did the trick for my hunger, and I headed to the motel’s computer to check-in for tomorrow’s flight home.


—–To Be Continued—–


A Peck of Dirt

17 Oct

My Take

DiVoran Lites



Small child
Kneeling in the dirt,
Making mud pies
To crunch and grind
Between your teeth,
And swallow.


Draw a hopscotch pattern in the dirt.
With a stick from off the playground.
Throw ancient, broken glass
Onto a hopscotch square,
Pick-up broken glass
Balanced on one leg.


Eighth grade softball
With the other kids.
On a dirt diamond.
Never miss a ball.
Sit on it if you must.
Everybody bathe on Saturday.

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