EXCUSE ME, have you been following the current trend of live interviews of H.S. and University students by media sources questioning their knowledge of the American Civil War, 4/12/1861, Fort Sumpter ending at Appomatox Courthouse, 4/9/1865 ? Hours of questions, total lack of facts and credulous answers from this totally ignorant segment of our population, a disgrace ! And we all pay the cost, taxes, grants, scholarships, government subsidies. This was the war that took a minimum of 750,000 lives, dead soldiers, north, south, white, black ! Where was the concern for the men who faced Armageddon in that war ? It was our first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, who led the cause to preserve our union and who was murdered 6 days after the signing of the peace treaty at the war’s end by a prominent American stage actor. “Sic semper tyrranus”, shouted John Wilkes Booth as he leapt to the stage. Who knew that we’d lose more men in that war than any other war we have fought to this date ? Those men were lost more than 150 years ago. Real Americans mark this tragic period with honor rolls and monuments throughout our nation without exception ! Lack of educational integrity robs our children of our country’s saga of the path to freedom. The saddest part may be that the true missing ingredient today is intellectual curiosity ! How can we appreciate our victory without its factual history ? This was a war to free the slaves, I ask you, did you know ? Sincerely, Claire B.
HOW MUCH I CARED ( 2017 ) 2017/04/05
There’s a special place that I do recall
Quite a long time ago when I was small,
A large clapboard house on a country road
My great uncles built for their mom’s abode.
She’d been born in June eighteen-sixty-one
To a life one could guess was not much fun
At fifteen she married the stablehand
Oh, so far away in a foreign land.
This is a small part of their history
And the story of how they came to be,
As I look back on all the joys we shared
How grateful I am and how much I cared !
DOWN TO A MAN ( 2017 ) 2017/03/31
Our lives are cast in many ways
With results for all of our days
No one may change what has begun
For history’s been set and done.
We hope and pray we do not fail
And of our strengths we shall avail
So each will do the best he can
To fill that role down to a man !
SAD VALENTINE ( 2017 ) 2017/02/15
So long ago and quite faraway
In the world that was then, not today
There lived a priest they called Valentine
He married couples most of the time.
But Claudius, great emperor he
Needed all young men for his army
Thus marriage was a forbidden joy
For many a Roman girl or boy.
Well Valentine refused to abate
And so he suffered that triple fate
Torture, stoning, beheading also
This was the way that he had to go
Oh sad for him twas too long ago
Who knew he’d become our great hero ?
OLD MENS’ WAR ( 2017 ) 2017/01/21
I knew a boy quite long ago
There was a war, he had to go
He was so green, his life was new
How could he guess what he’d go through ?
I did my best, he was my friend
And wrote to him right to the end
How hard is it to turn away
When there is nothing left to say ?
Except you did your extra best
And hoped and prayed bout what came next
The wars will come and wars will go
What is the reason, who can know,
You’ve heard me say these words before
Why must youth die in old mens’ war ?
THE OLIVE TREE ( 2016 ) 2016/07/15
I wish, I wish that I could be
The fruit upon an olive tree
So good to eat and full of health
Both for the heart and greater wealth.
This tree can live a thousand years
Producing fruit and soothing fears
The Greeks and Romans knew its worth
Their fables told about its birth.
Seems God gave man the olive tree
In truly ancient history
Add this to all its virtues found
The olive’s wealth must all astound !
OUT OF PAIN ( 2016 ) 2016/06/30
Now Moses was a Hebrew lad
So long ago in Egypt land
Twas quite a temper that he had
And such great strength within his hand.
One day a soldier in the field
Assigned to watch the slaves at work
Did beat a slave and would not yield
Because he thought the man did shirk.
When Moses struck him to the ground
This was a crime, the soldier died
In fear he ran not to be found
To Sinai, forty years did hide.
Then through the Burning Bush of Flame
That’s how God called him home again
He donned the role of Bible fame
To lead his people out of pain !