The Friday Post ~ 10th November 2017

Hello and a very Happy Friday to you where ever you are!  Well Autumn arrived here and before it had chance to draw breath, it would seem that Winter is trying to push it out-of-the-way and get settled in.  It’s very cold here.  I went shopping today and was dithering inside the shop.  I even asked the lady on the till if they’d had something go wrong with their heating system. She said no, and told me that she too was freezing cold.  It was good to know … it confirmed that it wasn’t me having a ‘moment’.  😉

Anyhoo … you haven’t come to hear about the weather in the UK, you’ve come to gain that expensive edumacation that your parents pay for …  oh, wait!  No … I forgot to send the invoices out.  You’re getting this for free.  Darn and Dash it!  I need someone to take care of the books.  Application forms are available from my secretary.  Please apply asap.

On This Day in History

1619 – René Descartes has the dreams that inspire his Meditations on First Philosophy. Meditations on First Philosophy (subtitled ‘In which the existence of God and the immortality of the soul are demonstrated’) is a philosophical treatise written by René Descartes first published in Latin in 1641.

1775 – The United States Marine Corps was founded.

1847 – The passenger ship Stephen Whitney is wrecked in thick fog off the southern coast of Ireland, killing 92 of the 110 on board. The disaster results in the construction the Fastnet Rock lighthouse.

Fastnet Rock (Irish: An Charraig Aonair, meaning Rock of Solitude or Lonesome Rock) is a small clay-slate island with quartz veins and the most southerly point of Ireland, 6.5 km southwest of Cape Clear Island (Oileán Chléire) in County Cork, which is itself 13 km (8 miles) from the mainland.  It lies in the Atlantic Ocean 11.3 km south of mainland County Cork, at latitude 51.37°N.  It rises to about 30 m above low water mark. Study of the documentary record suggests that the name is from Old Norse Hvastann-ey  ‘sharp tooth island’.

Fastnet Rock lighthouse

Fastnet Rock Lighthouse

Divided into Fastnet Rock proper and the much smaller Little Fastnet to the south by a 10 m (30 ft) wide channel, it also had the nickname ‘Ireland’s Teardrop’  as it was the last part of the country seen by Irish emigrants to the United States in the 19th century as they sailed past it.

1865 – Major Henry Wirz, the superintendent of a prison camp in Andersonville, Georgia, is hanged, becoming the only American Civil War soldier executed for war crimes.
1871 – Henry Morton Stanley locates missing explorer and missionary, Dr. David Livingstone in Ujiji, near Lake Tanganyika saying those well-known, world famous words; “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”

1918 – The Western Union Cable Office in North Sydney, NS received a top-secret coded message from Europe (that would be sent to Ottawa, ON and Washington, DC) that said on November 11, 1918 all fighting would cease on land, sea and in the air, which marked the end of the First World War on the Western Front.

1924 – Dion O’Banion, leader of the North Side Gang is assassinated in his flower shop by members of Johnny Torrio’s gang, sparking the bloody gang war of the 1920s in Chicago. Charles Dean O’Banion (8 July 1892 – 10 November 1924) was an Irish-American mobster who was the main rival of Johnny Torrio and Al Capone during the brutal Chicago bootlegging wars of the 1920s. O’Banion never went by “Dion”.

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With the advent of Prohibition in 1920, O’Banion started a bootlegging operation. He made arrangements for beer suppliers in Canada to start shipments immediately, and also struck deals with whiskey and gin distributors. O’Banion pioneered Chicago’s first liquor hijacking on December 19, 1921. He and the “lads of Kilgubbin” quickly eliminated all their competition. The O’Banion mob, known as the North Side Gang, now ruled the North Side and the Gold Coast, the wealthy area of Chicago situated on the northern lakefront. As O’Banion’s name grew in the underworld, he attracted more followers, including Samuel “Nails” Morton, Louis “Three Gun” Alterie, and “Handsome” Dan McCarthy.

At the height of his power, O’Banion was supposedly making about $1 million a year on booze. During one famous caper, O’Banion and his men stole over $100,000 worth of Canadian whiskey from the West Side railroad yards. In another famous robbery, O’Banion looted the padlocked Sibly Distillery and walked off with 1,750 barrels of bonded whiskey.
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In 1921, O’Banion married Viola Kaniff and bought an interest in William Schofield’s Flower Shop on North State Street. He needed a legitimate front for his criminal operations; in addition, he was fond of flowers and was an excellent arranger. Schofield’s became the florist of choice for mob funerals. Schofield’s happened to be across the street from Holy Name Cathedral, where he and Weiss attended Mass. The rooms above Schofield’s were used as the headquarters for the North Side Gang.

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In May, 1924, O’Banion learned that the police were planning to raid the brewery on a particular night. Before the raid, O’Banion approached Torrio and told him he wanted to sell his share in the brewery, claiming that the Gennas scared him and he wanted to leave the rackets. Torrio agreed to buy O’Banion’s share and gave him half a million dollars. On the night of O’Banion’s last shipment, the police swept into the brewery. O’Banion, Torrio, and numerous South Side gangsters were arrested. O’Banion got off easily because, unlike Torrio, he had no previous prohibition related arrests. Torrio had to bail out himself and six associates, plus face later court charges with the possibility of jail time. O’Banion also refused to return the money Torrio had given him in the deal.

Torrio soon realized he had been double-crossed. He had lost the brewery and $500,000 in cash, been indicted, and been humiliated. Following this incident, Torrio finally agreed to the Gennas’ demand to kill O’Banion.

Heretofore, Mike Merlo and the Unione Siciliane had refused to sanction a hit on O’Banion. However, Merlo had terminal cancer and died on November 8, 1924. With Merlo gone, the Gennas and South Siders were free to move on O’Banion.

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Using the Merlo funeral as a cover story, over the next few days the Unione national director from New York City, Frankie Yale, and other gangsters visited Schofield’s, O’Banion’s flower shop, to discuss floral arrangements. However, the real purpose of these visits was to memorize the store layout for the hit on O’Banion.

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On the morning of November 10, 1924, O’Banion was clipping chrysanthemums in Schofield’s back room. Yale entered the shop with Torrio/Capone gunmen John Scalise and Albert Anselmi. When O’Banion attempted to greet Yale with a handshake, Yale clasped O’Banion’s hand in a death grip. At the same time, Scalise and Anselmi fired two bullets into O’Banion’s chest, two in his cheeks, and two in his throat. Dean O’Banion died instantly.

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Since O’Banion was a major crime figure, the Catholic Church denied him burial on consecrated ground; however, the Lord’s Prayer and three Hail Mary’s were recited in his honor by a priest O’Banion had known from his youth. Despite this restriction, O’Banion received a lavish funeral, much larger than the Merlo funeral the day before. O’Banion was buried in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois. Due to the opposition from church officials, O’Banion was originally interred in unconsecrated ground. However, his family was eventually allowed to re-bury him on consecrated ground elsewhere in the cemetery.

The O’Banion killing would spark a brutal five-year gang war between the North Side Gang and the Chicago Outfit that culminated in the killing of seven North Side gang members in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929.

1938 – Kate Smith first sang Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” on network radio.

1940 – Walt Disney begins serving as an informer for the Los Angeles office of the FBI; his job is to report back information on Hollywood subversives.
1942 – British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, discussing the recent British Commonwealth victory over Rommel at El Alamein, Egypt, said “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

1951 – Direct-dial coast-to-coast telephone service begins in the United States.
1958 – The Hope Diamond was donated to the Smithsonian Institution by New York diamond merchant Harry Winston.

1969 – National Educational Television (the predecessor to the Public Broadcasting Service) in the United States debuts the children’s television program Sesame Street.

1970 – Vietnam War: Vietnamization – For the first time in five years, an entire week ends with no reports of American combat fatalities in Southeast Asia.
1972 – Southern Airways Flight 49 from Birmingham, Alabama is hijacked and, at one point, is threatened with crashing into the nuclear installation at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After two days, the plane lands in Havana, Cuba, where the hijackers are jailed by Fidel Castro.

1995 – In Nigeria, playwright and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa along with eight others from the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (Mosop) are hanged by government forces.
BBC News complete with Video Footage
1997 – WorldCom and MCI Communications announce a $37 billion merger (the largest merger in US history at the time). MCI, Inc. is an American telecommunications company that is headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia.
1997 – British au pair freed after appeal. British au pair Louise Woodward was freed from jail in the United States after her conviction for murdering a baby was reduced to manslaughter.
BBC New complete with video footage

Born on this Day

1683 – George II of Great Britain (d. 1760)

1728 – Oliver Goldsmith, English playwright (d. 1774)

1925 – Richard Burton, Welsh actor (d. 1984)

1932 – Roy Scheider, American actor (d. 2008) best known for his role as police chief Martin Brody in the 1975 blockbuster Jaws

1940 – Screaming Lord Sutch, English musician and politician (d. 1999) was famed for founding the Official Monster Raving Loony Party. Despite his seemingly light-hearted antics, Screaming Lord Sutch in reality suffered from periods of depression and committed suicide by hanging on June 16, 1999, following the death of his mother the previous year.

1944 – Sir Tim Rice, English lyricist

1956 – Sinbad, American actor

1963 – Hugh Bonneville, English actor

Poppy

 

Thought for the Day

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – in 1918, the Guns fell silent across the Western Front.  99 years ago, tomorrow, at precisely 11am, on the 11th of November 1918, ended what was then called the “War to end all Wars.”.

During the four months to November 1918 Allied troops launched a sequence of successful offensives against the Germans, forcing them to retreat and surrender.

In a railway carriage in France’s Compiegne Forest, during the early hours of November 11, 1918, an armistice was signed and six hours later the ‘War to end all Wars’ was finally over.

The statistics of the war, which lasted from 1914 to 1918 and surpassed all previous wars in the enormity of its destruction, are mind-boggling:  65 million men mobilized by the Central Powers  (Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey) and the Allied Powers (Britain, France, Belgium, Russia, Italy and the United States).

An estimated 10 million killed and 20 million wounded on the battlefield.

It was, as I’ve said, the war to end all wars,  and, of course, it did nothing of the kind.

Our World is still ‘at war’.  As we sit here, right now, reading this, there are guns being fired, families living in fear,  men and women being put into unenviable positions of trying to stay alive, and men and women losing their lives, in a war, somewhere in this World of ours.

Will there ever be an end to war?   I would love to think so.  But in reality, I fear there won’t.  For we don’t seem to know at what point we should stand up to evil.

How can you distinguish good and evil from nationalistic ranting and posturing?  Those questions and all the associated questions remain with us.    All are unresolved and perhaps will never be resolved.

Did  The Great War  teach us nothing?  Does it not now stand as a great warning?  In the days of mass terrorism and nuclear proliferation, shouldn’t the Great War,  and all wars since, be a reminder of what can happen when two causes collide, each armed with technologies of mass destruction and each driven by a blind faith in its own righteousness?

Until we understand fully that violence begets violence and move beyond justifying war, beyond nationalism, beyond belief of what we ‘think’ may be, beyond blind belief of ‘jingoism’ and the self-righteousness of ‘my faith is the only right path’, until we learn to treat all, even the stranger, as a brother and sister, as someone we are related to,  we will not stop war.  We HAVE to believe it’s possible;  and we have to work, tirelessly, to prevent the seeds of war from flourishing.

Will the 21st Century be the century in which we finally choose between human and ecological suicide and peace?  I hope so, for all our sakes.  For what would happen, if another country, practising another faith and another way of life, invaded our own country demanding that we do things their way, and killing anyone who disagreed?

Today, I am wearing my Poppy with the greatest degree of pride that is possible.  I wear it to show that I remember all those men and women who have lost their lives in the name of war.  I wear it to say  ‘thank you’  to them, in the only way I know how.

I wear it, and each time I touch it, or look down at it, I am aware of the lump in my throat, signalling the holding back of tears which spring all too readily to my eyes, for the loss of not one, not one hundred, not one thousand … but thousands upon thousands of people who didn’t choose to die.  But did.

Tomorrow (11th day of the 11th month) is not only a chance to remember those brave men and women who were victims of conflict past,  but also victims of current wars.

I have chosen to place a song here which is normally associated with Great Britain, but I feel that now, more than ever, a strong bond holds us all together, and I feel that the true meaning of the song can be shared by us all.

 

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

To those who gave everything so that we may be
free to live in peace.

We shall remember them.

Poppy

 

Thank you so much for visiting and having a coffee moment or two with me.  I so enjoy your company.

May your day be peaceful, bright and calm.  May joy reach you and love find you.  And, where ever you go  …  may your God go with you.

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41 thoughts on “The Friday Post ~ 10th November 2017

  1. Morning cobs! Love the Descartes thing as I studied and taught A level philosophy ☺ the poppy thing and the message from Ottawa get me too (am glad poundland have corrected their foolishness last year). Happy birthday to darling Hugh Bonneville 😍 such a sweetie! ( well timed birthday with paddington 2 release) Have a good weekend of R&R my lovely friend! Sauidges always, Anna x

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  2. Good morning!

    A lovely, wonderful emotional post 💕 that song, I’ve never heard that arrangement before but it was really emotional, coupled with those pictures too. War seems to be such a defining thing for humanity, when really all these deaths, all this hatred didn’t have to be. My oldest son was in the Army Cadets and his lot were in London when Lee Rigby was murdered – all us parents were really worried for them..

    Beautifully put, though, remembering everyone who has lost someone. I wear my poppy too, with pride, for all the same reasons.

    I love your Friday posts – well, I love all your posts! – but I have come to the conclusion that I have some weird kind of micro climate thing going on in my garden…I have poppies flowering, the roses are flowering again and the hanging baskets have decided to burst into life with a wonderful show of lobelia. I fully expect to find a gibbon swinging in the branches of the apple tree when I go down to feed the fish…

    Well, I shall leave you now and go and put the kettle on but thank you, as always, for a fabulous Friday post filled with fascinating facts to further my knowledge…we really must get on a quiz show – although I have a feeling we would probably be asked to leave after half an hour…

    Have a wonderful day and lots of love to you 😺💕xxx

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    • Hello Samantha 🤗
      You must have been out of your mind with worry when your eldest son [in Army Cadets] was in London at the time of the killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby in 2013.
      The memory of hearing the news of this, is still inside my brain. I can remember the exact words used to describe what happened. I just froze. Rigid. It didn’t make sense then and it still doesn’t now.

      Your garden now, sounds like the garden of our old cottage. That had a micro-climate section round the pond. It seemed to be continually a few degrees up on the rest of the garden. I can’t claim clever planting, because my planting goes along the lines of: ‘I’ll put this here and see if it likes it. If it dies, it didn’t like it, so I’ll know for the next one”

      I still have nasturtiums growing in my garden now … but the weird thing is that the ones I can look at without any straining of the neck, are right in the middle of the garden, and using a Japanese Acer as it’s climbing frame. The Acer has lost all it’s leaves in the cold flashes we’ve had here in the south, and so just a bundle of twigs on a tree trunk. But … the nasturtiums are still climbing all over it and still growing and flowering … even through the frosty mornings we’ve had this week! Bless it.

      If you find your Gibbon … take a photo!!! I will need to oooh and aahhhh over it! 😂 🤣

      Thrilled you like the post, and so glad that you like the song/video.
      Thank you so much for coming my beautiful friend. I love to see you.

      The quize show … Lets imagine us on The Chase. That scene inside our heads should bring enough laughter (bordering on hysterics) to ensure that we don’t ever go so far down the crazy stree to actually do it. LOL.

      Sending huge hugs and lots of squidges ~ Cobs. xxxx 🤗

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    • Hello lovely Ruthie.
      I’m so happy that you enjoyed the post, and liked the song/video I shared as a Remembrance. Music can bring us all together, even when we don’t speak the same language.

      Thank you so much for coming Ruthie, and for the beautiful comment.
      Wishing you a lovely weekend. And …. have a blessed rest of your day my friend.
      Love and squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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  3. Hi Cobs, what a lovely post. Remembrance is very important not just for all those great souls that fought but nearer to home, for my nephew who was lost in Afghanistan in 2008. His nephew Harrison, goes to Westminster each year and wears his medals with pride….see http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3922864/Prince-Harry-makes-public-appearance-confirming-Meghan-Markle-relationship.html
    Makes me proud for all of them. Hugs Kim x

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  4. Oh what a great post! Such great information you have passed on with all your facts of history. I love your “thoughts” for the day. Your thoughts express the thoughts of so many, but many don’t have the courage, or the thought to express them as you have. I so totally agree with you. There is too much violence around the world today, and not enough love for each person around you. We tend to jump to violence instead of listening with open hearts to someone else’s opinion or way of life. There is room for everyone in this world no matter their thoughts, beliefs, or ways of life. No one should be forced to change if they do not want to. Violence should be removed from our lives. There is too much violence on TV and in movies. In this “technology” world, it all to often on the air and in social media. What ever happened to sitting on the front porch and just enjoying talking with our neighbors and friends. Now we are always inside, or on our phones, or on our ipads and not paying attention to what is going on around us. To enjoy the beauty of the things around us is missing from everyday life. We are all in too much of a rush. We only think about ourselves and what we “get” or are “entitled” to just because. What ever happened to working for the things you want instead of sitting back and demanding that they are given to us just because we are “entitled” to them. I feel sorry for the future generations with the direction things seem to be going. We need to throw out some of the technology and go back to the simple things in life. That is where happiness begins. The civilized world seems to be disappearing. Too may wars, too many conflicts, and too may shootings all for really “no reason” whatsoever. Have we become so afraid to leave our homes? What kind of world is that? To afraid to express yourself or stand up for what you believe in? There is no where safe from violence, not our parks, not our concerts, not even our churches. How sad this world has become. We all need to “stop and smell the roses” for those roses are fading fast. We need to nurture and feed the roses not cut them down. We need to start by listening to each other and doing so with an open mind and open heart. You have never walked in someone else’s shoes so you don’t really know what makes them think or do what they do. We all need to band together and make the changes happen, and it starts with each one of us. Sorry to go on and on, but this has been on my mind so much lately…..what a sad, sad world we live in today. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts Cobs! May you have a great and happy weekend! 🙂

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    • Hello my fabulous friend
      Firstly, Nancee, you need never apologise to me for going “on and on”. I’m happy to be the vehicle for you to express your hearts feelings.

      I also agree with you and I have an idea.
      So great is your comment, that I think that perhaps you should turn it into a post on your blog. Maybe even today – the 11th of the 11th. Your comment isn’t ‘political’ but it’s your feelings. Your thoughts. Your concerns. Your worries. Your heart – talking and sharing it’s worries and concerns for humankind and the world.

      It would make such a beautiful post on your blog – simply by copy and pasting (and a tiny bit of a change to the start or your readers won’t know what you’re talking about – lol).

      Thank you for coming, and for the wonderful comment from the depths of your heart, Nancee. It brought a lump to my throat as I tried to stop tears collecting along the edges of my eye lashes.

      Sending you lots of love, and, of course, squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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  5. Dear Cobs you have filled your post with so many varied and amazing insights. I wonder at O’Banion and his flower arranging. At the sadness of those leaving Ireland. At the fact that mankind has learned very little after so many wars…
    I so hope for change and wish the lovely Hugh Bonneville a very happy birthday. 💚

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    • Hello Daisies.
      Yes, I too would have loved to have seen some flower arrangements made by O’Banion, for a question mark appeared in my brain when I learned about that.

      You are, of course, right about mankind learning so little after so many wars. What is wrong with us that we cannot see that nothing is gained from war?
      Sending love and squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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  6. A lot of us are doing ‘our bit’ to send vibes for peace out into the world, and if we keep doing so, we’ll get there, Cobs. It’s just that we have a few twits in positions of power with loud voices. That said, and political head well and truly removed as I don’t ‘do’ politics, I love this post… and your excellent choice for the music was very emotional.
    We will remember.

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  8. This is a thought provoking post Cobs….I think you are right that wars will never be done. Until we are perfect and sinless there will be greed, evil, and hatred. Fortunately we can still do our part to love those we come in contact with and make small pockets of light. Keep glowing Cobs because you glow so brightly and shine on all of us.

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    • Hello Chicken.
      Loving those we come into contact with can sometimes be difficult, as you and I both know, but loving them we do, with a generous heart, and it has been shown to make a difference.

      I’m not sure I glow, but I know that I have been blessed with an abundance of love and my heart and soul know that I am to share it in its entirity. Funny thing is though … it never runs out! I can share and share and share, and it never, ever runs out.
      Tis truly wonderful stuff.

      Sending you heaps of love Chicken, (and Mr.Chicken, and all the little chickens), and bucket loads of squidges (naturally! lol) ~ Cobs. xxx ❤️ 💛 💚 💙 💜

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        • [nods] … that will be the glitter. ;D

          Mr. Cobs will tell you that I leave a trail of glitter wherever I go, and that included popping to the ‘littlest’ room.

          Love you Chicken … but then … you make it difficult not to.
          … asking for an Angel to come and sprinkle Angel dust all over your house and home, to help you feel the warmth of the love I send.
          squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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  9. You wrote about remembrance perfectly, it brings a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye when I tell my children about why we wear poppies too. Your facts are super as always, I love reading them and try to retain some of that info for future use (my new school has a very competitive annual staff quiz!) Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend x x

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    • Thank you Mrs.C … I worried that someone would find something wrong with my feelings about remembrance. (Then I thought: ah what the heck … my feelings are mine, I’ll just put my big girl knickers on and deal with any opinions that differ. lol)

      The annual staff quiz … What’s the betting that if you printed out all the bits of information and memorised them, you wouldn’t be asked anything at all relating to those facts.
      BUT … if you just left it to luck … and your excellent memory skills .. . . . . you’d be asked at least 5 questions which you remember me mentioning, and in the panic to retrieve the information your brain would fizzle and a bulb would pop, leaving you open mouthed, wide eyed and looking like a dithoring idiot, when you’re not in the least anything like one!

      … or maybe it’s just me that this happens to? lol
      Wishing you a weekend full of love and surprises (of only the nicest kinds) ~ Cobs. xxx ❤

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  10. So much of interest and so much of your heart in this post, dear friend. While I was interested in and learned from the Mafia story, one little item interested me more. Having been raised on Kate Smith singing “God Bless America,” I liked knowing she first sang it on the radio four years before I was born. But what I enjoyed most was your heartfelt writing about war, poppies and Veteran’s Day, which made me determine to write something for my newspaper columns and my blog to honor Veterans Day next year. Your words echoed my thoughts. How I wish the world would listen.

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    • Like you, I wish the World would listen, and actually hear. Those in power need to behave responsibly towards the world and all its people. We cannot survive another war. There are never any winners in a war. Only losers and losses.

      Sending you my love, Aunt Beulah.
      Have a beautiful and very much blessed day. ~ Cobs. xxx

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