Happy Groundhog Day

On this day in 1887, Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist, is celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, it gets scared and runs back into its burrow, predicting six more weeks of … Continue reading Happy Groundhog Day

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Better sense of history: Billy Zoom’s list of required listening

Editor's Note: Though Christmas is over and Santa is, no doubt, resting and preparing for next year, this list might make for a good goal for the coming year...to listen to history or build up your personal collection. Thunderstruck | Repost | - Billy Zoom, guitarist from X (According to Billy, this is only a partial … Continue reading Better sense of history: Billy Zoom’s list of required listening

Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?

During the making of the animated Christmas classic A Charlie Brown Christmas, Peanuts creator Charles Schulz had a meeting with Lee Mendelson, the show’s producer, and Bill Melendez, its lead animator. The discussion concerned Schulz’s insistence about including a New Testament scripture reading of the Christmas story from the Bible. The scripture reading was to … Continue reading Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?

C.S. Lewis and Military Service

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If you were going to enlist in the military, which branch of the armed forces would you choose? And why?

The choice would have great consequences. The simple fact is that despite their similar charters, not all branches are created equal. Your choice will influence countless aspects of your life, including your post-military employment options and even the likelihood of whether or not you’ll survive your enlistment.

Gallup recently completed research into which branch of the armed forces most Americans would encourage someone to join. The Air Force came out on top.

Americans hold all branches of the U.S. military in high regard, but that does not necessarily translate into a desire to see their loved ones enlist. Fewer than half would be likely to recommend joining the Coast Guard (48%), Marines (43%) or Army (41%) to their children or grandchildren, while a majority would be likely to recommend the Navy…

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April Fools tradition popularized ~This Day In History

On this day in 1700, English pranksters begin popularizing the annual tradition of April Fools’ Day by playing practical jokes on each other. Although the day, also called All Fools’ Day, has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, its exact origins remain a mystery. Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back … Continue reading April Fools tradition popularized ~This Day In History

Saint Thomas Aquinas ~G.K. Chesterton | Book Review

Saint Thomas Aquinas, by G.K. Chesterton Originally published: 1933 Description: Chesterton's customary wit and engaging storytelling provide a brief but vivid profile. He focuses on the saint's life, rather than on theology, to illustrate Thomas's relevance to modern readers. Purchase: Amazon Books Popular quotes from Saint Thomas Aquinas: "To one who has faith, no explanation … Continue reading Saint Thomas Aquinas ~G.K. Chesterton | Book Review

A Higher Call ~Adam Makos | Book Review

A Higher Call: An Incredidible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War - Torn Skies of World War II, by Adam Makos Originally published: December 19, 2012 Authors: Larry Alexander, Adam Makos Nominations: Goodreads Choice Awards Best History & Biography Description: Five days before Christmas 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to … Continue reading A Higher Call ~Adam Makos | Book Review