Haiku: A Scottish Button

A sturdy true weed
Spreads the seeds and grace in fields
History of its own

Haiku by PamelaWLucas 8/8/17

Inspirational photo shared through Ramblings with DerrickJKnight.

More about the Scottish Thistle and its history

History Tidbits: Rounders and Cricket make baseball?

Baseball came about in 1839 thanks to Abner Doubleday…well…no…seems a bit more complicated.

A game that resembled baseball began in the 18th century…melding together a kid’s game called rounders played by colonial children and the well-known game of cricket.  Variations of this developing  game with no rules could be seen everywhere…particularly in the fast growing industrial cities.  In September 1845, a group of New York City men founded the New York Knickerbocker Baseball Club. 

Doubleday, a graduate of West Point, served during the Civil War and was second in command at Fort Sumter where he ordered the Union’s first shots of the Civil War in response to the bombardment by secessionist forces.  His military service is impressive.

Doubleday still remains in the heart of many as the founder of baseball…but history quashed that story.

History Tidbits: 20th President of US needed a metal detector

Who was the 20th President of the USA?  Hints:

He was the last of the “log cabin” presidents.

His assassin shot him in the back and arm.  He died in 1881 after serving only 200 days as 20th.

His inept doctor was possibly responsible for his death, as history says he could have survived his wounds.

His death helped launch the crude invention of the metal detector by Alexander Graham Bell.

Robert Todd Lincoln, first son of Abraham Lincoln, serving as this president’s Secretary of War was with 20th at the moment the assassin’s bullets struck.

So, who was the 20th?  James A. Garfield

 

History Tidbits: Who opened his mouth to Freedom?

There is always a beginning…a start…in some cases a stick your neck out and go for it moment.

So, let’s celebrate that moment… let’s celebrate the  man who stood up during the Continental Congress on June 7, 1776 in the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia, making the motion…calling for the colonies’ independence from Great Britain.

That man was Richard Henry Lee, a brilliant statesman from Virginia who helped create the United States of America.  We all thank you Mr. Lee, for that beginning…that moment in history and for its outcome as a result of the resolve of the great men representing the 13 colonies and their passion for independence.  Happy Fourth of July.

History Tidbits: Fireworks and the second President of the United States

Why do we celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks?  Well, a big thank you to John Adams who envisioned this glorious day being commemorated “with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

Let freedom ring.

Brodie looks up for the HDD Drone

Acronyms are part of our world…so go retrieve this one that I created…HDD Drone..Hot Dog Delivery Drone…yeah Oscar Mayer Wiener is working on dropping you a dog…get on with yourself…watch this video and be sure to wait for the Wienerdrone…

Fireworks in blue and green tones

Remember safety first as you celebrate the coming 4th of July!

Haiku: A-choo!

The Common sneezeweed
Attracts bees and butterflies
Large showy flowers

Golden petals and red head Common sneezeweed
Golden petals and red headed Common sneezeweed

Haiku poem by PamelaWLucas 6/29/17

Inspirational photo of yellow sneezeweed by Veronica Sanchez 6/17

Red Common sneezeweed compliments of Pixabay

Allergy sufferers need not worry about being around sneezeweed.  Interesting that this flower has a history of use when crushed to make a form of snuff that caused sneezing. Fascinating!  Legend also says that these flowers sprang from the ground where Helen of Troy’s tears fell.

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