Time Traveling

“Once confined to fantasy and science fiction,
time travel is now simply an engineering problem.”
Michio Kaku

Mr Peabody

Mr. Peabody, his boy Sherman and the “Wayback Machine”

The concept of traveling backward and forward in time has always held my fascination. My interest began as a child. Introduced to the idea of time travel by none other than Mr. Peabody and his Wayback machine.

Conceptually, time travel goes back several centuries. Long before H. G. Wells wrote the book, The Time Machine, Japanese, Hindu, and Buddhist all wrote about time travel. In more recent times, people such as Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking and Michio Kaku have discussed the possibilities of traveling back and forth in time.

Time travel will forever be one of my favorite genres of novels and movies. Whether I’m reading Stephen King’s novel 11/26/63 or watching, Midnight in Paris, and Back to the Future for the hundredth time, the idea of going back to a time before I existed will always hold my interest in time traveling.

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Our Men of Honor

“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces,
but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.”
John F. Kennedy

Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. This nineteen-foot tall statue of Abraham Lincoln emerged from the design of Massachusetts sculptor Daniel Chester French whose attention to detail, accuracy, and composition created a masterpiece.

Today, March 3, 1865 marks the 150th anniversary of the day President Abraham Lincoln signed a law to establish a national soldiers and sailors asylum. It was signed a month before the Civil War ended and the day before his second inauguration. Its roots can be traced back to 1636, when the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony were at war with the Pequot Indians.

The Pilgrims passed a law that stated that disabled soldiers would be supported by the colony. Later, the Continental Congress of 1776 encouraged enlistments during the Revolutionary War, providing pensions to disabled soldiers. In the early days of the Republic, individual states and communities provided direct medical and hospital care to Veterans. Then, in 1811, the federal government authorized the first domiciliary and medical facility for Veterans. Also in the 19th century, the nation’s Veterans assistance program was expanded to include benefits and pensions not only for Veterans, but for their widows and dependents.

Home for Disabled Veterans

An illustration of the Milwaukee location of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, from the 1885 edition of the Wisconsin Blue Book.

It wasn’t until 1873 that the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers was established. It was the first-ever government institution created specifically for honorably discharged volunteer soldiers. The first national home opened November 1, 1866, near Augusta, Maine. These national homes were often called “soldiers’ homes” or “military homes,” and only soldiers who fought for the Union Army—including U.S. Colored Troops—were eligible for admittance.

The sprawling campuses became the template for future generations of federal Veterans’ hospitals. Because of President Lincoln, today the United States has the most comprehensive system of assistance for Veterans of any nation in the world.

Thank you President Lincoln for being the first in our government to have the compassion and the forethought to look after all of our past, present and future war veterans. Our men of honor.

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Photographers Abound

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.
What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers
little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
Aaron Siskind

FlowerBald Eagle with FishEagle in FlightFox

I love to look at photos
Whether mine or someone else’s
My favorite way to look at them
Is using my iPad Flick Stackr

I love to look at photos
So many different styles
Photos of animals, flowers
Photos of sunsets and sunrises

I love to look at photos
From all over the world
Different places, different faces
Talented photographers abound

By: J R

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Harmony

“Chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans have been living for hundreds of thousands
of years in their forest, living fantastic lives, never overpopulating, never
destroying the forest. I would say that they have been in a way
more successful than us as far as being in
harmony with the environment.”
Jane Goodall

Harmonious Hamsters

Harmonious Hamsters

I like a good argument every once in a while, but it can be extremely draining when a simple discussion becomes World War Three.

Nothing beats a harmonious relationship. It’s a great feeling when you are with someone and you both are on the same wavelength.

No two humans are alike, so it’s refreshing when you meet someone who sees things the same as you on so many levels. Take for example one of my friends. In our discussions from politics, health and fitness to ethics, we seem to agree on every subject we discuss. Maybe that’s why after speaking with my friend, I feel relaxed and balanced.

For me, life is to short to waste time and energy over arguing about subjects you can’t do anything about. I’d rather spend time alone than with someone that drains my energy with their opinions and negative attitude. Give me a positive person any day of the week to spend time with and keep my life in harmony.

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