By the Mighty Mumford

Comforting finding trains,

Better in snow than in rains…

Snow helps the light

Making things bright,

Rainfall photography drains!

—-Jonathan Caswell

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How Trump’s Hair Works

Needull in a haystack


One of the great mysteries of our time.

2. “All ends are drawn up to meet in the center…

What we know: The problem with this alleged procedure was that it left that “contained island” of bare scalp, which still called for a comb-over. According to Wolff’s theory, Donald would gather up the fringe surrounding his bald spot, as if he was going to put it in a high pony.

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David Swanson — The Village Voice

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First Hand Account – Home Front on Luzon

Pacific Paratrooper

Fellow blogger at and author of “BAHALA NA (Come What May)”, Rosalinda R. Morgan, remembers a story her father told her about discovering the Americans had returned to Luzon.  The pictures here have been taken from her Photo Gallery, available on her blog.  Please be sure to visit her.

Mr. & Mrs. Mateo Rosales on their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

My father told me this story of what happened in his town when the American soldiers came back to rescue the Philippines.

One night, they heard a loud explosion. It was dark around where my parents were camping in their makeshift village. There were nipa huts scattered under dense mango trees and roofs were covered with leaves. One by one, men came out and looked where the noise was coming from. It was a moonless night. It was total darkness except for the lights coming from the explosion.


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Special Guest Post From Marlin R. Taylor

My friend Mike and I – both train lovers – were chatting a couple of days back, talking about how great it would be to see the rail passenger’s “customer satisfaction” level improve in this coming year. In other words, what would it take to create a more satisfying Amtrak ride?

In letting you in on what this likely would require, we thought it best for you to read it from the perspective of an Amtrak P42 diesel locomotive we happen to know. He’s very friendly, loves hauling passengers on many different routes around the country and would love to see his railroad provide better service to its customers, those who love and need to travel by train, in the days ahead.

Here’s the “wish list” he shared with us:

  1. That the freight railroad owners would begin caring enough for the people of America to clear the tracks for my train to arrive on schedule.
  2. That my fellow locos and me receive better maintenance and loving care so that we experience fewer breakdowns, also helping us arrive on time. 
  3. When Amtrak replaces the Acela train sets, the new ones are designed to operate safely in severe snow and cold temperatures.
  4. That CSX would replace the bad track in the Carolinas so that my Florida-bound train passengers would have a smoother ride and not feel like they are on an antique roller coaster.
  5. That Amtrak acquire new single level coaches designed so the vestibules do not fill up with snow during storms, causing slippery and extremely unsafe conditions for passengers getting on and off the train or going from car to car.

What do you think it would take to create a more satisfying Amtrak ride?

Any thoughts or opinions?  Share your thoughts below…