International Women’s Day, Veteran of the Day, Violet Gordon

WOW Tough for a woman and a minority.

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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Women’s Army Corps Veteran Violet Hill Askins Gordon. Violet served during World War II.

Violet was living in Chicago, Illinois, supervising stenographic pools, bored and restless, when a friend told her about the Women’s Army Corps. Violet enlisted when the first Officer Candidate class for women accepted her application.

At the end of the training period, Violet had earned the rank of Second Commanding Officer and was assigned to Fort Huachuca, Arizona, where the first detachment of African-American women for the WAC were stationed. In an interview with the Veterans History Project, Violet said it was a little nerve-wracking when they arrived. “Of course the male units that were already there knew that we were coming. There was a lot of controversy about women in the services. A lot of rumors, most of them not really very complimentary.” Fortunately, Violet said Army officers…

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Hell Gate Bridge Is 100 Years Old

Where would the Northeast Corridor be without it? Know the New Haven RR has had use of a “dead end” passenger bridge to Grand Central Terminal (since 1848, in perpetuity). Imagine if AMTRAK riders had to make subway change between Penn Station and Grand Central.

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No Zombies in sight. The bridge seems  to empty of zombies, the NY Times not withstanding.

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The End of a Year…..

Ann's Corner

There is so much about life that I don’t understand…..

Sitting here thinking about this old year that is about to end, and…..I’m not ready for it to end. Still, I am a bit excited about the possibilities ahead in a new year.

This old year has contained so much. There has been, and still is, a lot of sorrow as I have watched friends and family leave this earth or endure terrible sickness. It’s very painful and disturbing for everyone to have to go through so much loss, actual and potential.

Some are suffering right now as I say all this. I’m still trying to overcome a long term cold/cough or I could visit. All I can do is pray……pray for healing, pray for comfort, pray for strength, pray for peace. My thoughts are with you even though I’m not there.

There have been joys and blessings this old…

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Come what may!


Come what may!
How was your day? Was it hard? Did you face obstacles or challenges? It may be a hard life, but don’t let that stop you from looking forward to each new day, come what may.
Remember tomorrow is another day and with it brings new opportunities to try and to succeed.
Think clearly about what you want in life. Don’t let life’s challenges, circumstances or fears stop you in your tracks.
Strive for success. Take each new opportunity as a moment to live and experience the wonderful world we live in. Think about your desires, wants and goals and be so clear that a five year old child would know what it is and if you have succeeded.
Decide to take action and just do it! Take the first step, don’t be afraid of failure, to fail is just another step on the path to success. The…

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Our cathedral in Aachen (or Aix-la-Chapelle as the French and English would have it) shares its major traits with other gothic cathedrals.

The exterior is all verticality, from the pointed arches of windows, doorways, and other architectural features, to the high thrust of the steeple rising from its smaller fellow points.


The exterior as a whole, especially from a distance, brings the eye across the social plain and points all the world’s grandeur upwards, from the hierarchies of the medieval social structure to the vanishing point atop the steeple, teasing the eye still further home into the heavens.


The interior houses, among other things, the richly-colored stained glass walls that fill the apse and frame the altar.

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Arguably, the stained glass in all gothic cathedrals serves at least two symbolic functions in addition to the narrative function of transmitting sacred history to an illiterate congregation: (1) they create an illusion…

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