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I've determined that the oldest of our nieces, just coming up on seven, needs to be introduced to the Wee Free Men. After all, she has read all of Harry Potter, the Lemony Snicket "Series of Unfortunate Events" books, and, while currently going through a Pretty Pink Princess period, is overall an amazing, smart, strong-willed girl who is rather down to earth, excepting the Pretty Pink Princess thing.

When she finds out what a nine-year-old can do with a frying pan, a bag of sweets, and a talking toad, I believe she'll take up that banner. Tiffany Aching, the big wee hag, might just prove heroic.

Fortunately, I found a book which is actually the first two Tiffany Aching books bound together into one. This gave me the opportunity to also render unto her "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH." This was a favorite book of mine from about the time I was nine-ish, and should explain rather a lot about my formative years. I certainly hope it comes to explain a lot about hers.

Our younger niece is only just about two, so I have chosen a book about a lost bunny and sharing and a book titled "Children Don't Make Good Pets." It has bears in, and the kid-bear finding a child and asking if she can keep it. Many lessons therein, including notes about how messy kids are, and how they cannot be potty-trained. I think my sister- and brother-in-law will get a lot out of this one, too.

My nephew is getting a bath toy - Thomas the train engine and his pall the tugboat. They quirt water. This could be Epic.

Other children's gifts underway; in fact, most of the youngish ones in my life are already covered. The two pre-teen boys may prove more difficult to 'fluence. We shall see what can be done.

"Blessings on this house," she says in a way that indicates this might not be true.

On Veteran's Day

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In America, today is Veteran’s Day. President Wilson chose this day purposefully. While the Treaty of Versailles that officially ended World War I on June 28, 1919, an armistice began on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Wilson said: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…" No one thought then that any war could reach the level of destruction caused in the “War to End All Wars.” Everyone in the world wanted peace.

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." On October 8, 1938, President Eisenhower said this: "In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible."

In 1954, after World War II and Korea, the 83rd Congress changed the name of Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day, ensuring that not only the veterans of World Was I but the veterans of all wars would be honored together.

There was a brief time when the actual date of Veteran’s Day moved around – on June 28, 1968 the Uniform Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) passed. It was designed to set Veteran’s Day by day of the week, not Armistice Day. This was thought to be beneficial, as it meant formal, Federalized three-day weekends for families to get together and celebrate their veterans. President Ford changed Veteran’s Day back to November 11 via Public Law 94097 (89 Stat. 479), which he signed on September 20th, 1975. After 1978, Veteran’s Day has been celebrated on November 11, regardless of what day of the week it falls on.

I come from a long line of veterans. We have record of at least one Osseau who battled in the Civil War. My great-grandfather, George Stock, was among the first Americans to go into the trenches in World War I. My grandfather Leon Lafaille stayed stateside, training Air Force pilots during World War II. His brother, my great-uncle Mervyn Lafaille, was a combat pilot in the Pacific Theater and survived 25 missions, even after being shot down a few times, and was a prisoner of war at one point. My father, Gary Lowery, did two tours of duty in Vietnam on LST-1169, the USS Whitfield County. My Uncle Jerry Lowery, my Aunt Lori-Ann Warring, and my Dad were in the Air Force, Navy Reserve, and Navy, respectively; in the late 1970’s-mid-1980’s my Dad went back as a Navy Reservist – as he put it: “they called and said they needed me.” My cousin Jerry Lowery, Jr. is career Air Force, and my brother, Leon Lowery, stands in the Air Force Reserve.

Today, I remember them and honor them. The Veterans I know, family, friends, and loved ones alike have, as a friend put it, “at one point or another, written a blank check to the United States Government, knowing the cost could be their lives.” So have all Veterans of war. Today I remember them all.
Last year, when I sent my annual letter out to the Veterans I know and love, my grandfather Lafaille said: “I hope that one day we won’t need to celebrate this holiday anymore, because war will be extinct.”
That’s about the best wish I’ve heard in a long time.

So – to everyone reading this, to all you veterans of war, I say thank you. Thank you for writing that blank check. Thank you for being willing to have it cashed, in order to defend what we hold dear. To the families and friends of veterans who did have to cash that particular check, know that I share your sorrow, and remember those veterans who gave up their lives. Today’s the day to lift the horn, speak the names and the memories of the veterans into the Well of Wyrd, and keep their stories alive. It’s a day to set out an extra plate, so those who fell in war can sup at your table in warmth and welcome. Today is the day to remember each Armistice that has come after the “Great War,” to hope we’ll see a few more, very soon, and to wish that someday they’ll be a thing of the past. It’s a day of reflection, and a day of remembrance.

It’s a day of gratitude.

I thank you, veterans, all.

-patty

Winter is Coming

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....and, ohhhhhhh, the ravens.

A super-seckret project revealed

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...and so it's not that secret anymore, eh?

http://waytamer.livejournal.com/

It's me :) I decided to finally follow-up with my own urges, a little. "I should blog about this," I'd say after a great meal or a good trip. Well, now I am.

This is a more 'professional' side of the PattyExperience (tm). Not sure where it'll go, but I am sending the hotels, restaurants, and etc. that I review (positively) the note that I've blogged about them, and the links, etc. Maybe at some point I can start networking with other food/travel/related blogs, too. Who knows, maybe this will wind up getting me some freelance jobs as a reviewer. Anything can happen at this point :) But the Firm Plan is to finish the Florida vacation, catch up with some of the local places I've haunted since, and then see what happens...
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Day 01. Your favorite song - The Police - "Canary in a Coal Mine"
Day 02. Your least favorite song - Madonna - "Like a Virgin"
Day 03. A song that makes you happy - Three Dog Night - "Joy to the World"
Day 04. A song that makes you sad - Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit
Day 05. A song that reminds you of someone -Lords of Acid - Rough Sex
Day 06. A song that reminds you of somewhere - Marilyn Manson - "This is Halloween"
Day 07. A song that reminds you of a certain event - "Shim Sham" - A Weekend with Frankie Manning
Day 08. A song that you know all the words to - Warner Brothers - "What's Opera, Doc?"
Day 09. A song that you can dance to - Dead Can Dance - Cantara
Day 10. A song that makes you fall asleep - W. A. Mozart - Lacrimosa (Requiem)
Day 11. A song from your favorite band - The Police - Don't Stand So Close to Me
Day 12. A song from a band you hate - Air Supply - Making Love Out of Nothing at All
Day 13. A song that is a guilty pleasure - Motley Crue - Dr. Feelgood
Day 14. A song that no one would expect you to love - Janet Jackson - If


Day 15. A song that describes you - Meredith Brooks - Bitch





Right, right. It was *the* Power Girl Anthem. Boring, easy reach, sure. But here's the thing....I am all of those things she sings about...and like this clip, I'm just a bit different every time. I'm also a whole lot better live.

Day 16. A song that you used to love but now hate
Day 17. A song that you hear often on the radio
Day 18. A song that you wish you heard on the radio
Day 19. A song from your favorite album
Day 20. A song that you listen to when you’re angry
Day 21. A song that you listen to when you’re happy
Day 22. A song that you listen to when you’re sad
Day 23. A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 24. A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 25. A song that makes you laugh
Day 26. A song that you can play on an instrument
Day 27. A song that you wish you could play
Day 28. A song that makes you feel guilty
Day 29. A song from your childhood
Day 30. Your favorite song at this time last year

...and now, the Music Meme. Day 14.

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Day 01. Your favorite song - The Police - "Canary in a Coal Mine"
Day 02. Your least favorite song - Madonna - "Like a Virgin"
Day 03. A song that makes you happy - Three Dog Night - "Joy to the World"
Day 04. A song that makes you sad - Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit
Day 05. A song that reminds you of someone -Lords of Acid - Rough Sex
Day 06. A song that reminds you of somewhere - Marilyn Manson - "This is Halloween"
Day 07. A song that reminds you of a certain event - "Shim Sham" - A Weekend with Frankie Manning
Day 08. A song that you know all the words to - Warner Brothers - "What's Opera, Doc?"
Day 09. A song that you can dance to - Dead Can Dance - Cantara
Day 10. A song that makes you fall asleep - W. A. Mozart - Lacrimosa (Requiem)
Day 11. A song from your favorite band - The Police - Don't Stand So Close to Me
Day 12. A song from a band you hate - Air Supply - Making Love Out of Nothing at All
Day 13. A song that is a guilty pleasure - Motley Crue - Dr. Feelgood


Day 14. A song that no one would expect you to love - Janet Jackson - If



Look, now, first of all I think that Miss Janet if you're nasty is the single most talented of the Jacksons. Second, I admire her for making the decision to stay OUT of the public eye as much as she can - we didn't know she was nearly blnd for months, we didn't know she was married, we didn't know she..well, there's just a lot we do NOT know about Janet Jackson, because she keeps her private life *private*. Which, if you're a Jackson? Is wicked hard to do.

This was a solid album. Controversial for its cover (which, if you ask me, was only controversial because 'the public' had no idea Janet wasn't the little abused girl in Good Times anymore), with a lot of interesting bits in between all the songs...and this song.

If I was your girl, lord, the things I'd do to you...but I'm not, so I can't, and I won't but...if I was your girl. It's sexy. Powerful, blunt, not over-the-top descriptive, but clear. A solid message of a sexual woman singing about a man she's lusting after. And a really addictive lick. Yep. Gotta love it.

I'd make you call out my name and ask who it belongs to.

Liberating, really.




Day 15. A song that describes you
Day 16. A song that you used to love but now hate
Day 17. A song that you hear often on the radio
Day 18. A song that you wish you heard on the radio
Day 19. A song from your favorite album
Day 20. A song that you listen to when you’re angry
Day 21. A song that you listen to when you’re happy
Day 22. A song that you listen to when you’re sad
Day 23. A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 24. A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 25. A song that makes you laugh
Day 26. A song that you can play on an instrument
Day 27. A song that you wish you could play
Day 28. A song that makes you feel guilty
Day 29. A song from your childhood
Day 30. Your favorite song at this time last year

Music Meme, Day Thirteen. Hey, that rhymes.

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Day 01. Your favorite song - The Police - "Canary in a Coal Mine"
Day 02. Your least favorite song - Madonna - "Like a Virgin"
Day 03. A song that makes you happy - Three Dog Night - "Joy to the World"
Day 04. A song that makes you sad - Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit
Day 05. A song that reminds you of someone -Lords of Acid - Rough Sex
Day 06. A song that reminds you of somewhere - Marilyn Manson - "This is Halloween"
Day 07. A song that reminds you of a certain event - "Shim Sham" - A Weekend with Frankie Manning
Day 08. A song that you know all the words to - Warner Brothers - "What's Opera, Doc?"
Day 09. A song that you can dance to - Dead Can Dance - Cantara
Day 10. A song that makes you fall asleep - W. A. Mozart - Lacrimosa (Requiem)
Day 11. A song from your favorite band - The Police - Don't Stand So Close to Me
Day 12. A song from a band you hate - Air Supply - Making Love Out of Nothing at All


Day 13. A song that is a guilty pleasure - Motley Crue - Dr. Feelgood





Okay, okay, much shuffling of feet and embarrased blushing. I stand by the fact that most bands of this caliber were, and are, what I refer to as 'tin foil' - kind of like metal, but cheaper and easy to tear. And yes, Martha, I know that this song is, point of fact, about their local drug dealer. But...but...there's something about the opening rift that just makes me...well...

Right. Minus fifteen metal points for me. I stand ashamed.



Day 14. A song that no one would expect you to love
Day 15. A song that describes you
Day 16. A song that you used to love but now hate
Day 17. A song that you hear often on the radio
Day 18. A song that you wish you heard on the radio
Day 19. A song from your favorite album
Day 20. A song that you listen to when you’re angry
Day 21. A song that you listen to when you’re happy
Day 22. A song that you listen to when you’re sad
Day 23. A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 24. A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 25. A song that makes you laugh
Day 26. A song that you can play on an instrument
Day 27. A song that you wish you could play
Day 28. A song that makes you feel guilty
Day 29. A song from your childhood
Day 30. Your favorite song at this time last year

Uh-Oh. The Word is Out

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You are 62% hippie.
 

You're near the middle of the spectrum, but you've got an open mind. Society needs more people like you.

Are you a hippie?
Take More Quizzes

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Day 01. Your favorite song - The Police - "Canary in a Coal Mine"
Day 02. Your least favorite song - Madonna - "Like a Virgin"
Day 03. A song that makes you happy - Three Dog Night - "Joy to the World"
Day 04. A song that makes you sad - Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit
Day 05. A song that reminds you of someone -Lords of Acid - Rough Sex
Day 06. A song that reminds you of somewhere - Marilyn Manson - "This is Halloween"
Day 07. A song that reminds you of a certain event - "Shim Sham" - A Weekend with Frankie Manning
Day 08. A song that you know all the words to - Warner Brothers - "What's Opera, Doc?"
Day 09. A song that you can dance to - Dead Can Dance - Cantara
Day 10. A song that makes you fall asleep - W. A. Mozart - Lacrimosa (Requiem)
Day 11. A song from your favorite band - The Police - Don't Stand So Close to Me


Day 12. A song from a band you hate - Air Supply - Making Love Out of Nothing at All




Oh, yeah, honey, I *went* there.

I need to go clean out my ears now. Gah.

Day 13. A song that is a guilty pleasure
Day 14. A song that no one would expect you to love
Day 15. A song that describes you
Day 16. A song that you used to love but now hate
Day 17. A song that you hear often on the radio
Day 18. A song that you wish you heard on the radio
Day 19. A song from your favorite album
Day 20. A song that you listen to when you’re angry
Day 21. A song that you listen to when you’re happy
Day 22. A song that you listen to when you’re sad
Day 23. A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 24. A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 25. A song that makes you laugh
Day 26. A song that you can play on an instrument
Day 27. A song that you wish you could play
Day 28. A song that makes you feel guilty
Day 29. A song from your childhood
Day 30. Your favorite song at this time last year

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