Art by Soldiers

Literally. Hundreds of soldiers posed, just so, in order to create these giant representations of American icons, the Liberty Bell and the Statue of Liberty. There’s a whole bunch more over at WildAmmo, including Uncle Sam and a great rendition of Woodrow Wilson. This has been another installment of Things That Look Better from Above. … Read more

Schumann China, circa 1918-1929

We picked up an interesting set of china at an antique show in Wichita on Saturday. It was made by Schumann company, Bavaria (Germany), and was crafted sometime between 1918 and 1929. It provides service for 8, consisting of a coffee cup with saucer plus a small plate; the collection is perfect for coffee and … Read more

Abe Lincoln: Words of Wisdom

200 years ago, one of America’s best presidents was born in a one-room cabin in Kentucky. Abraham Lincoln was the U.S. president during the American Civil War and is most famous for issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, a set of executive orders that served to end slavery in the United States. Lincoln’s words of wisdom covered … Read more

Honor, Again

This week, America took the first steps back towards realizing the ideals “for which it stands.” We have once again declared that our policy and practice does not permit torture. America has historically been known as a country that behaved with honor and dignity. We didn’t “play dirty.” Americans fought and won the hard fights, … Read more


40 years ago today the world got a first hand look at how small our home is compared to the vastness of space. Earthrise was taken by astronaut William Anders on board Apollo 8 as it circled the moon on Christmas Eve, 1968. Isn’t she beautiful?

Colors from the Past

Most folks, when they think about World War I, tend to recall images of black and white battlefields. It’s natural, as old b&w photos and movies are all any of us have seen of WW1. Until now. Der Spiegel has published an online article and photo gallery of heretofore unseen color images from the Great … Read more

In Appreciation

This is for my dad, Sheryl’s dad, Uncle Bernard, my brother Steven and his daughter, my cousin Jerry, my nephew Josh, my friend (and best man!) George, plus all of the other veterans I know (or don’t know for that matter). From one vet to another, Thank You. Your service and sacrifice for our country … Read more

A Historic Day

There may still be one or two people (see previous post) who aren’t clear on who’s the presumptive Deomocratic presidential nominee, but as the graphic below shows, the world at large doesn’t share this confusion. We’ll save our final congratulations until August and November, but for now let’s acknowledge the historical significance of Barack Obama … Read more

MLK’s Eulogy: Drum Major Instinct

On February 4th, 2 months before his assassination, Martin Luther King gave a sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. The sermon was on the topic of the “Drum Major Instinct”, and deals with how we all, in various ways, are tempted to give in to the temptations of “keeping up with the Joneses,” and … Read more