Friday, May 26, 2017

Remember. Always Remember.
Covered by the Flag
Drums beaten, flowers laid. 
Words spoken, music played.
Choruses sung, veterans praised.

Fewer veterans, heroes all,
Some stood in place of comrades now fallen
Answer  "Here! Sir!" at roll call.

Like their comrades before
Fading into history and lore,
A grateful nation heartfelt calls
To the warriors, once strong and tall: 
Thank you, thank youthank you

Susan Kane, 28 May 2012
A re-post

Note: The photo of veterans above was taken when the World War 2 memorial in the Washington Mall opened.  Veterans were flown in to be present at the opening.  

Sequester of funds had made a decision to close this memorial, even though all National Park memorials are under the umbrella of  Park Services, which is permanently funded by gov't and also by contributions.  These parks cannot be sequestered.

Veterans said many words, some of them very expressive, and they pushed aside barriers in their wheelchairs. No one stopped them.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Marching into Soup of History

Band of Welsh Guards in the British Army

And the men are marching,
Faces to the grandstand,
On a windy day.

Marching, marching as 
Shining Brass Bands

The humble and brave
While pompous and proud

Marching into

a soup of History.

This is a re-post April 18, 2013.  Italicized words were part of the Wednesday Words provided by Delores at Mumblings, then thefeatherednest.

With Memorial Day next week, it seemed to be a perfect selection.

From YouTube.  Marching in Palm Hwy, up in Mojave Desert.
We lived near here for seven years.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

To Blink, or Not to Blink

He who blinks first, loses.

This is what I learned as a child when facing down a brother or another aggressive boy on the playground. Hold your ground. Invade personal space. Close in for the kill. AND never blink first. 

This is important:  He who blinks first, loses.

Olin Kreutz leads the Bears into battle and a staring contest with their mirrors in Green Bay. LCpl. Kreutz is claiming that his mirror engaged.
Oh, yeah.
The skills honed in the fires of sibling conflict and playground battles have carried me through many tough situations. Okay—not necessarily rough, but definitely confrontational. 

As a young mother, I learned the importance of holding my position on naps (everyone takes one in the afternoon, including me) until my oldest child was almost 9 years old.  Having three stair-step children, I bent over and drew my eyes level with theirs.

 “You will take a nap today. A good long nap.” They blinked. I didn’t. The nap wars fought and won, because I didn’t blink first.

When teaching, the teacher must hold the line on so many discipline issues:  raising the hands to speak, asking permission, respecting another student’s right to exist, etc. Staring down thirty + children requires practice and experience. It must be done with firmness and, most of all, with kindness.

Timothy Olyphant stare
He is the hands-down champion of  full on stare.

This villain does blink in entire movie.
There was always one student who challenged blink contests “You will not steal anyone's pencils. Do you understand, mister?”  Blink, blink, “Yes’m.”

That was when all the skills in the first paragraph had to go into the game. The teacher has to win this—rest of the class has to know that standards of behavior are listed on the wall for a reason.

When not playing poker for big bucks, or trying to convince a three-year old that he will stay out of the flour canister, blinking is fine. Blink away to your heart’s content. 

But, when one absolutely must win a situation, keep those eyes open, piercing into the other eyes with deadly aim, and impose your will.  Good luck, soldier.