The Tree That Owns Itself

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There is a tree in Athens, Georgia that owns itself.    The white oak tree, has legal ownership of itself and of all land within eight feet of its base. You can find the tree on the corner of South Finley and Dearing Streets  and is sometimes called the Jackson Oak. The original tree died in 1942, but a new tree was grown from one…

Paper Dolls

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The other day when I was perusing Facebook one of the posts showed a picture of paper dolls and then asked if anyone remembered them.  I certainly did! Maybe not the ones they showed exactly, but I was definitely a Paper Doll gal. One year for Christmas, I got some real Paper Dolls, Holly Hobby I believe. The kind you…

Volcano!

Alex Vidal Brecas—EPA The Chilean Calbuco volcano seen from Puerto Montt, located 600 miles south of Santiago de Chile, Chile on April 22, 2015.

One of my favorite movies to watch to pass the time is Dante’s Peak with Pierce  Bronson.  It is a pretty good movie but I have to admit I watch it because of Bronson.  The other one with Bruce Willis is a better movie. Neither of them however can compare to the real deal. The Calbuco Volcano in Chile has remained…

Pearl Harbor

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At 7:48 am,  December 7th, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor located on Ohau, Hawaii.  The base was attacked by 353 Japanese fighter planes, bombers, and torpedo planes in two waves, launched from six aircraft The attack was devastating,  intended to keep the American fleet from interfering in operations the Japanese had planned. The attack had the opposite effect  and launch America…

Colditz Cock

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Nazi prisoner-of-war camps guards should have looked in the attic at Colditz Castle. They looked for tunnels and other possible escape attemtps but never the attic. They should have because the attic of Colditz Castle held a 19-foot glider that British prisoners had put together using scavenged materials.The plan was to launch it from the roof.  It was hoped it would send two…

Tom Dooley (The True Story of Tom Dula)

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Tom Dula (Pronounced Dooley) was a dashing young confederate soldier whose love of music was his claim to fame. Many nights found the soldier sitting round the army campfire picking his banjo and singing.  After surviving the war, Tom returned to his home in happy valley located on the Yadkin River in Wilkes Count, North Carolina after the war.  Before…