Monthly Archives: May 2018

Somme – Poem #119

The Leeds, Bradford and Barnsley Pals Sheffield City and Grimsby Chums Harrogate and Tenth West Yorkshire heard the call of the pipes and drums All lads who shared a pint together the butcher’s boy and cobbler’s son went off to … Continue reading

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Photo post-card of the Chief Eunuch of the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II, photographed at the Imperial Palace. The Qizlar Agha, was one of the most powerful and sometimes the richest men in the Ottoman Empire until 1908. He supervised … Continue reading

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The Price of Honor – From the Archives for Memorial Day

 re-post It was the Summer of 1967 and I was in the Army.  My four years of service would be up on November 17, 1967. I had been loading up flat bed rail cars in Texas in 1966 as my … Continue reading

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Fifty Years Ago in Vietnam

An article from today’s Washington Post by Joel Achenbach John H. Anderson Jr. had just turned 20 years old when he arrived in Vietnam on the last day of April in 1968. Like so many of the 500,000 Americans who served … Continue reading

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Peace Train – Poem #118

Have you heard sweet Melanie’s song? There’s a chance peace will come in your life please buy one. How long, how long ’till the peace train holy roller? Fear I won’t live to see the light peace train gliding through … Continue reading

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The Irish Referendum on Legalizing Abortion

On June 2, 2014 I posted the below article concerning an Irish historian’s claim that hundreds of dead babies were to be found on the grounds of a “home” for unwed mothers run by the Roman Catholic church and staffed by nuns.  … Continue reading

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The Wall – A Re-Post for Memorial Day

There are 58,272 names listed on that polished black wall. Fifty Eight Thousand Two Hundred Seventy two. The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are … Continue reading

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Prinzess Irene – Poem #117

The German ship S/S Prinzess Irene, which carried my grandfather and his eldest son Gaetano to America in 1906.  My grandmother followed several months later with their other two children, Margaret and Vito.  They never saw Italy again.   The ship … Continue reading

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Soldier Boy – Poem #116

Written during the height of the Iraq War and the great recession. Unemployed for fourteen months bank foreclosing on our home moving into grandpa’s place can’t support the wife and son No money for my boy’s tuition had to spend … Continue reading

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A President’s Son – for Memorial Day

Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt Jr. in France In memory of Brigadier General  Theodore Roosevelt Jr.,  awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Normandy June 6, 1944. Citation:  “for gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above … Continue reading

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