Friday, April 5, 2013

A Short History Lesson

Library class is in session! Everyone invited! Coffee and tea served! No tests today!

The mention of an island in the southernmost waters of the North Pacific appeared in the news this week.

I remember very little about the territory of Guam with its white sandy beaches; therefore, I chose one of my favorite on-line text books: CIA World Factbook. If you stay with me, I might mention one new piece of info to enlighten your mind.

A famous Spanish explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, visited there in 1521. Spain surrendered this island to the United States in 1898 after the Spanish American War. Maybe that is why Guam is 85% Roman Catholic today. Captured by the Japanese in 1941, then retaken three years later by the US after a fierce battle.

Guam chose the coconut tree as their national symbol.

Did you ever pick a coconut? I picked one off the ground under a tree in Hawaii. Craig retrieved a tire iron from the rented car's trunk, cracked the stubborn nut shell and drank the milk while I, acting like a tourist, took his picture.

Gideons International has distributed Bibles in Guam since 1971.

Guamanians are US citizens, but cannot vote in US presidential elections. Hum . . . I wonder how that makes them feel? The island exists as one of our unincorporated territories.

Of the estimated population of 160,400, several thousand are US military. The Navy and Air Force base are one of the most strategically important US bases in the Pacific.

This week the North Korean dictator stirs the waters once again with dangerous threats. Let's pray for the safety of the people of Guam, Japan and South Korea.

"Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, For wisdom and power belong to Him.”    (Daniel 2:20 NASB, emphasis added).

Happy Birthday, Harriet !
Happy Birthday, Vicky !

Chocolate-covered raisins, cherries, orange slices and strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as many as you want.”