While It Still Says Welcome

Stumbling Off My Soapbox

“. . . But let us never forget that one of the finest things about our country is that it does not force its people into a narrow mold of conformity. America is a rich mosaic of many cultures and traditions, strong in its diversity. Each new immigrant has added another piece to the mosaic of American life—a fresh perspective and a fresh appreciation of what it means to be American.”

—Richard Nixon, from a speech dedicating the American Museum of Immigration, quoted on a poster at the U.S. Homeland Security Building in Charlotte, North Carolina

Approaching Homeland Security, my hands tremble unexpectedly. My husband tries to reassure me that there is no reason to worry, but my eyes grow wet, nonetheless. Ten minutes early for an 8:50 A.M. appointment, we stand behind several families outside the entrance. An immigration attorney hurries up the stairs behind us and greets his…

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Driving on all Four Lanes of the New Bridge

Kaleidoscope Eyes

Yesterday I went to South Nyack and checked out the new bridge’s two outer lanes, which will become the shared use path (far right lane) and breakdown lane (second from right).

Not a bad ride, even with the gratings and the concrete strip that indicates where the shared use path divider will be built. And yes, the two left lanes were a bit smoother than the two right lanes.

When eastbound traffic moves to the new span, its two left lanes will also be a smoother ride than its two outer lanes. This arrangement is temporary until the eastbound span opens in 2018.

For the next few months, motorists have four westbound lanes on the new bridge and four eastbound lanes on the old bridge, the latter with that familiar thumpity-thump sound. Those empty lanes are being used as a construction area.

I’d like to know what you think.


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Labor Day – Lessons

Great story…..sounds like my past too!

No Facilities

The headquarters of Airborne Freight in 1978

I began working for Airborne Freight as a “Methods Analyst” in 1978. My job was to find ways to improve business processes. As the new guy, I was given the job of planning the implementation of a computer system that had been designed by one of the senior analysts. The goal of the system was to centralize the printing and mailing of invoices from all over the country, in Airborne’s home office in Seattle, Washington.

This was important because, although invoices were printed daily in the stations, the station staff was loath to stuff them into envelopes and mail them. If you don’t send an invoice, you don’t get paid. In some cases, invoices would sit for weeks. Centralizing the printing, stuffing and sending in Seattle could cut that down to two days. The fact that it was two days was important, and…

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A WWII Native American Nurse in the ETO – Intermission Story (15)

Pacific Paratrooper

Lt. Ryan

The short, soft-spoken former Army nurse was asked how she coped with the harsh realities of working in an Army hospital in war-torn Europe during World War II.

You could hear a pin drop as this 96-year-old veteran nurse stood under the shade of a small tent outside the Fort Meade Museum at Sturgis, South Dakota on 7/17/16.    Without hesitation, Marcella LeBeau responded, “I didn’t have time to worry. I had work to do. There were patients to care for, transfusions to be done, and there were buzz bombs overhead. I just didn’t have time.”

She shared stories of her experiences during World War II, from the D-Day landings at Normandy to the historic “Battle of the Bulge” that helped change the direction of the war.

Marcella Ryan LeBeau’s story began on the Cheyenne River Reservation at Promise, South Dakota, where she was one of…

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