Saturday, November 24, 2012

A Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln

      The year, that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.

      In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theater of military conflict; while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

      Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense, have not arrested the plow, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battlefield; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. 
      No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. 
      I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwells in the Heavens. 
      And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.

      In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

      Done at the City of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

Saturday, November 17, 2012

You Are Guilty !

Guilty! The jury returned and the verdict was pronounced!

The one-man jury (actually a woman, myself to be exact) determined the inconceivable crime was not committed by a mere human. I'll admit that people are the usual culprit in a robbery case; but in my opinion, circumstantial evidence against the masked bandit appears overwhelming.

The same night the overhead electrical cord disappeared from the apple trees leading to the glass greenhouse, we were awaken in the wee hours of the morning by a loud metal bang. It's the same sleep-shattering noise heard when the coon cage door is tripped and slams shut.

The exact timeline is still to be determined to tell how the cord was successfully unplugged at both ends. Picture this: The cord ran from an outside outlet under our bedroom window, through branches of several trees, up the seven-foot-high wall of the green house, through the roof area, then down to the heat lamps inside keeping my geraniums alive. I know that is a long sentence, but it was a long cord – seventy-five feet.

The door to the green house was closed, but there is a doggy door for an easy access and quick escape. One final question for the accused: which plug end did your little hands disconnect first?

I read his mind and discovered his thought process. Even though the cage was resting near the electrical outlet, he decided to relocate the cord first. Then return to the cage to investigate the shiny foil bait illuminated in the light of the motion sensor.

My closing argument: If a neighbor kid removed the bright orange line from the trees used as temporary power poles, he would have taken the item home to Mama. But upon searching the property for clues, I discovered the stolen object in question one hundred feet away from the green house, laying in a straight line as if dragged to a new home.

Let me remind you that if both ends were plugged in at the new site, I would suspect a different thief. Friends, I rest my case.

My judge is not convinced of this jury's decision, but the man of the house still administered the usual punishment for getting caught. 

Don't ask!

Happy Birthday, Tall Tom !
Happy Birthday, Ken W. !
Happy Birthday, Jewel !
Happy Birthday, Iona !
Happy Birthday, Georgia !
Happy Birthday, Colleen !
Happy Birthday, Brad !

A great week for a party!


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