“One hundred and fifty years ago today,” says Admin.

“Lots of dogs involved,” says Spence.

They’re quiet for a while. Me, too; no particular reason.

“Didn’t you write a book about the Civil War?” says Spence.

“More about reenactors, actually,” says Admin.

“Who really really get into it?”

“That kind of thing.”

“So,” says Spence, “are you of the school that believes that the terrible sacrifice made us great?”


Contest clarification: Any friend of Chet is eligible! Any number of limbs will do, or none. Chet’s the inclusive type, as readers of the series probably know. And, as a smart someone has pointed out, this is more of a drawing than a contest. But why not?

Welcome Mick, Min, Belle and Nino, Sassy, Hubble, Orange-Toy Dude, Staff, Brewzer, Keely a.k.a. Cutie, Lily from Down Under.


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153 Responses to “Blue/Gray”

  1. OleyHowlers
    8:58 am on April 12th, 2011

    Chet! We didn’t know about that book. Thanks for telling us about this conversation. Mom just downloaded it to her Kindle.

    We are feeling rather gloomy again, reading about the commemoration ceremonies at Ft. Sumter.

    Sorry we couldn’t post yesterday. Mom was at work all day as usual, and then when she got home we all went for a long walk! Finished up the evening with brats on the grill and one of her Middle East chick pea dishes. But we see that someone is working on adding points on the map. We are in Southeastern Pennsylvania…about 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia. We would be honored to be added to the map.

  2. Barb & Maggie
    9:17 am on April 12th, 2011

    Good morning! I think G & B has us on the map, but just in case, we are 10 miles from Wi border, and 50 miles east of Iowa.

    Tell us more about the dogs involved in the Civil War. Were the message carriers?

  3. B.Stover
    9:31 am on April 12th, 2011

    I didn’t realize that the civil war started on this day. And I never realized dogs were involved. Interesting. Spence and Admin: Why not indeed!

    Good morning everyone.

  4. B.Stover
    9:36 am on April 12th, 2011

    Good morning B&M and Howlers.

    I enjoyed Last of the Dixie Heroes.

    I’m going to school today to meet with my TA. We’re going to work out her thesis subject and decide what she will do as TA. (I’m going to have her research the artwork that goes with the various periods in literature we cover. Fun!)

  5. OleyHowlers
    9:49 am on April 12th, 2011

    Admin thinks the sacrifice made us great. We think it made us better but that it somehow feels like it never really ended. Until it ends, and the wounds heal, we cannot be great. Thats the opinion here in Oley for what its worth.

    We made the Oley Orange You Glad You Asked Salad….wow was that good !!!

  6. B.Stover
    10:08 am on April 12th, 2011

    T&G: I love leg of lamb!! (I’ve never prepared it.)

    G&BB: For the map–I think you already have me just outside of Ann Arbor in Michigan.

    I could never agree that any war makes any country great because war is not a solution but everything that is opposite of civilized. (Sorry. I’ll go back to artwork and literature now.)

  7. Barb & Maggie
    10:35 am on April 12th, 2011

    Barb fixed leg of lamb years ago, but it is too much meat unless you have a crowd. Bee, do you ever grill lamb chops? Expensive but yummy. We have also done shoulder chops/steaks which are less expensive, but still good. They look sort of like a small pork steak.

    We agree on war, Barb has always been more of a dove than a hawk.
    And it does seem like some Southerns have not gotten over the Civil War. What is it that they call it? The War of Northern Aggression I think.

  8. Tupper and Gilly
    10:41 am on April 12th, 2011

    Good morning all –
    Oley – glad yo liked the salad. It does sound kinda weird, but it is good! We have it a lot in the summer, and if we make extra, its even better the next day.
    You asked why the CW gets to you so much. hmmmm. This is a little off the wall, but here goes.
    Mama loves the ocean. She loves the colors and the scent and the air and the waves and the name it. But whatever you do, don’t put her on a boat. Her heart gets tights, and she gets really scared. Now the weird part – if she sees anything about the Titanic (chills down our spine just typing the name) she starts crying and gets physically sick. No, she’s never seen either movie. She has never been to an exhibit or had any kind of real contact with it. But she reacts very strongly to it. And on the next level of weirdosity – her brother is fascinated by it. Has books, knows all kinds of factoids, even owns a little tiny momento. (shudder)
    She doesn’t know if she beleives in past lives, but someone who has seen her reactions says she was on that boat….
    Wonder if they would say that maybe you had been there in the times of the CW?

  9. BearSpiritDog
    10:42 am on April 12th, 2011

    Good Morning All.

    G&BooBear: We are on an island off the coast of Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Lots of room to run like the wind – which I love to do.

    B. You could do something like Staff’s avatar, or how about “adopt a dog” for the contest? I’m sure you’ve already found a solution.

    Here is something for the Corgis and for all of us to start the day with a smile.

  10. Melanie
    10:43 am on April 12th, 2011

    Last of the Dixie Heroes looks great. I’m going to download it as soon as I get my kindle from upstairs.

    The Civil War vs The War of Northern Aggression: Did it make us great? Before that question can be answered I think there are other questions that should be considered.

    Was losing a generation of working aged people worth it?

    What was the war about exactly? Was it economic or slavery? Both?

    If slavery was one of the reasons was there no other way to free the slaves without resorting to violence?

    I don’t know. I am not a historian of this period. I have lived in VA and MA and IL. There were and are many opinions about the War. And not necessarily certain opinions from the South or the North, but combined.

    Good things came out of it and bad things came out of it.

    As happens in all of life’s situations.

  11. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:53 am on April 12th, 2011

    Melanie. I think you will really like Last of the Dixie Heroes; it is a really great book. Without hopefully being a spoiler, it can get a bit grim at spots and you may not want to finish, but it is definitely worth the ride. Wookie
    P.S. Stover — aren’t you pleased that I didn’t say it was a really great read.

  12. Melanie
    10:59 am on April 12th, 2011

    Loved the video BearSpirtDog. All of us watched it, even the Pack.

    So Wöökie, you say it’s a good “read”. snicker.

    I THOUGHT I had my allergy stuff for whatever comes out at night during this time of year. GUESS WHAT? I don’t. So . . .

    Jesse came in and thought I’d walked into a wall. I can’t see out of my left eye! Jeeze.

    I have gotten my strength back from my trip. i think this proves “if it’s not one thing, it’s another”.

  13. dawson
    11:07 am on April 12th, 2011

    Good Morning everyone.

    “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” Dwight D. Eisenhower – 1953

  14. Barb & Maggie
    11:09 am on April 12th, 2011

    T & G, Barb thinks there might be such a thing as past lives (don’t want to freak out the conservatives). She has always had a strong connection with the pioneer days and Native American ideas toward nature, animals, etc. She gets an emotional joy from working the soil, tending animals, storing food for the winter. In general, things she did not grow up with in suburbia.

    One time a 30 years ago, a neighbor said, “Barb, if I were a pioneer going west, I would have wanted to take you with me”. She took that as quite a compliment. However, she does not connect with the idea of nature being there just for our use, but rather that we need to coexist, be respectful, and tread lightly while we are here. I think that is more of the Native American philosophy.

    To us,it is quite believable that you have past memory of the Titanic.

    Melanie has some good points about the war. It was not just about freeing the oppressed, but had economic overtones, too, which had a greater affect on the southern way of life than the northern.

  15. Tupper and Gilly
    11:27 am on April 12th, 2011

    BearSD – love the video – except when they got on the boat….

    Wolfie – Mama showed her Dad that video yesterday – she was right, he really loved it. He says things like the ideas in the song all the time. He even has a sign over his sink with the Will Rogers quote “If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went.”
    She went to the website of the lady who sang it, and has ordered the book and the cd and all that stuff for her Dad. Thanks again.

  16. B.Stover
    11:35 am on April 12th, 2011

    I love this commentary! I’m trying to find a poem by Yeats, “Convergence of the Twain” but haven’t been able to. (T&G: Don’t read it as it’s about the “T.”)

    B&M: I love lamb chops and I have made them.

    Wookie: You couldn’t resist, right?

    I know I’m forgetting something but have to leave for school.

  17. Barb & Maggie
    11:40 am on April 12th, 2011

    Dawson, Guns or butter economics? I would have thought that Eisenhower, being a retired general, would have been pro guns. Interesting quote.

  18. dawson
    11:46 am on April 12th, 2011

    That quote is courtesy of my sister A Catty Librarian. It is on the email she sends.
    B.Stover: I’ve asked Staff to post my quilt square “Dawson” for the drawing. Your “B” quilt square would look good on Chet’s Friends.
    Those Corgi’s are awesomely cute dogs. Do they always have such energy?

  19. Tupper and Gilly
    11:48 am on April 12th, 2011

    ummmm…Bee – the reason you can’t find it is because it was written by Thomas Hardy, not Yeats.
    (don’t ask how we know – just think first exposure by English teacher)

  20. Tupper and Gilly
    11:52 am on April 12th, 2011

    Dawson – Corgi energy is legend. Except when you are a dignified, middle age Corgi like myself. Gilly, on the other hand, is just nuts. Our fenced area is almost an acre, and she can make it around the perimeter in about 2.3 seconds. Especially if there is a willing squirrel just teasing to be chased.
    Wonder what she would do if she ever caught one – squirrels are not much for being herded…

  21. Barb & Maggie
    11:57 am on April 12th, 2011

    T & G, I think a squirrel would react very much like a rat. They don’t much like being herded either, but someone has to do it, and I have rat herding down to a skill level obtained by only a select few!
    Gilly, come over sometime and I’ll race you around my perimeter. I have longer legs, but it might still be close!

  22. Tupper and Gilly
    12:06 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Maggie – Gilly here. Barb is coming to the party tomorrow night, right? Why don’t you stowaway, and come hang with me!I’ll show you all my house redecorating tips, using ALL the shoes in Mama’s closet, we can race around the yard and herd squirells (too early for the snakes to be out yet) and I’ll show you where the hole used to be in the fence – it’s a mystery to me as to where it went – it was right there when I left it…now its gone!

  23. Tupper and Gilly
    12:09 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Weirdness rules – we have a post in moderation, and the only thing is has in common with other posts we have been moderated on is the word for a place where you hang up your clothes, and a word for the leather things that you wear on your feet.
    We think the moderator has a dirty mind!

  24. OleyHowlers
    12:13 pm on April 12th, 2011

    We had a long response to a bunch of comments but guess its also in moderation?

  25. Tupper and Gilly
    12:17 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Oley – if its being moderated, you will see your response on the blog, but at the end will be the sentance “your comment is awaiting moderation”. On our ‘puter, it shows up in red.

  26. BearSpiritDog
    12:17 pm on April 12th, 2011

    This book is one we will look into. I would like to know more of the background of this War between the North & the South. It is so difficult for us to understand, especially over a century later. O.Howlers: Perhaps it is as T&G says – or your deep feeling on this matter come from some ancestoral memory. I have yet to ask my brother-in-law in Montana his viewpoint on this. I know of his interest in all things historical. I would be especially interested in learning more about the nation within the nation who participated.

    Haven’t had too much experience in eating lamb and none in cooking it.

    Looks like Spence and Admin have clarified the contest/drawing rules and they are all inclusive. Any Friend of Chet is welcome.
    I love seeing the photos of everyone – here and on Fb.

  27. Barb & Maggie
    12:27 pm on April 12th, 2011

    On the past lives thing, Barb used to work with a guy, Ron, who was born in 1942 or 43. He was a devout, traditional Catholic, but he swore he was a WW II fighter pilot who lost his life in battle the same year that Ron was born. He could talk at length about battles he was in, and had an extreme interest in all things regarding WW II history, and planes in particlar. Interesting.

  28. Tupper and Gilly
    12:40 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Oh joy – its time to go to Crazy Lady land.

  29. Barb & Maggie
    12:44 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Gilly, I will be there if I can figure out a way to hide myself for the trip over. Any suggestions? Maybe Dawson has some ideas, she has had such remarkable trips in the past.

    BBL, Barb is also going to her Crazy Lady place for the afternoon.

  30. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:52 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Civil!… Chet’s post today reminded me that we still need to finish Last of the Dixie Heros….snort!…It became a little too dark for us last summer. We started Revolution #9 yesterday. Wookie have you read this one? ….wheeze!…It is one of the Charming Mr. Abrahams older books…sniff!

  31. OleyHowlers
    1:05 pm on April 12th, 2011

    T&G I got goosebumps reading your idea about maybe I lived a past life during the Civil War. I really think I may have, because the way I feel about it is eerie. Like something is right there in my brain but just out of reach. I keep struggling to find “it”.
    Melanie – We agree with all that you said. pros and cons and since we can’t rewrite history we will never know how it would turn out had that awful war not been fought

  32. Melanie
    1:05 pm on April 12th, 2011

    OleyHowlers: Tell us the time stamp of the post and we can check back to see when it comes in.

    OTAS always swore he was Elvis in his last life. Of course, OTAS was 10 at the time. Let’s see: Doesn’t sing, doesn’t dance . . . yet very talented in his own way. Who knows?

    I once was told that in a previous life I was a chicken keeping, green grocer’s wife in the 1800’s. I think it was in Maryland. I’m tempted to believe that one, because it is so normal.

    Dan’s PT person is here and I’ve locked myself upstairs. She says she wears no perfume, but she sure has some scent on.

    Downloaded the book. Thanks for the tip Wöökie!

  33. OleyHowlers
    1:05 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Bear – We love that video! Made us laugh out loud…love those corgis!
    And Wolfie – Dad sent your video to everyone he knows that loves dogs. We think that video could put all the problems in the world into a perspective that we can handle.

  34. OleyHowlers
    1:07 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Dawson – Eisenhower always believed that the “military-industrial complex” was a threat to democratic government. From his farewell speech: “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.”

  35. Melanie
    1:08 pm on April 12th, 2011

    OleyHowlers: Did you see the X-File where Mulder has the past life experience? Very good!

    Wölfie: I have seen that video before and to see it again made me smile all over again.

  36. OleyHowlers
    1:10 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Melanie: I split up my long comment into several smaller and now they went thru.

  37. OleyHowlers
    1:13 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Believe it or not, we have never seen X-Files.

  38. Melanie
    1:35 pm on April 12th, 2011

    I believe it. Having raised two guys certainly broadened my TV watching opportunities.

    From Sesame Street to Kill Bill Volume 1 and 2. Though with some of the stuff my guys want me to watch, I will only watch it with them so they can tell me when to shut my eyes and ears.

    Sesame Street: Favorite . . . The Martian muppets come down and find a phone. That still makes me laugh!

  39. dawson
    1:40 pm on April 12th, 2011

    That dog/god video was posted before on this blog. I enjoyed seeing it again. I have never seen X-files either.

  40. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    1:50 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Rio. Haven’t read that one yet but have it. Actually working on Hard Rain right now, another one of his earlier books. A little complicated at the beginning, but coming together nicely as I make progress. You definitely should finish Last of Dixie Heroes, it’s worth it, the darkness notwithstanding. Wookie

  41. BearSpiritDog
    2:06 pm on April 12th, 2011

    What! Dawson & O.Howlers – no x-files? (like Melanie, ours was a household with two boys) Liked both your Eisenhower quotes. We know, although he was a military person, he was not an advocte of war. A very wise man in our opinion.

    Barb, the story of the WWII fighter pilot is facinating. Also, T&G’s fear of water, thoughts on the Titanic and O.Howler’s feelings of unrest about the Civil War. We are inclined to believe there is something to the past lives theory and also are very interested in anything to do with quantum physics.

    On a lighter note – it looks to be a beautiful day – the sun is out and the birds are singing.

  42. Mollypop
    2:16 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Bear – We love to read about quantum physics. There’s so much to know that we don’t know. Of course, we don’t even know about what we don’t know. It’s mind-blowing how a particle can be in two or more places at the same time except for when it’s being observed.

  43. Wolfie
    2:18 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Bear Spirit Dog,

    What island are you on? We are Whidbey right now. This is very exciting!

  44. Mollypop
    2:19 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Melanie, Ms. Photoshop, Mom is scanning some old photos from the 1970’s into the computer. They were in color and now a few of them have turned a brownish color. Is there some way in Photoshop to correct this? She’s at CS3.

  45. Macy the Min-Pin
    2:27 pm on April 12th, 2011

    The Ken Burns Civil War show is recorded here and we watch it a little at a time. We have ancestors who fought for the south, but not a lot of action took place in Texas.

    We also had a hard time getting through LotDH. However, when we finished it we were glad we read it.

    Melanie, I had never heard of the High Line until you talked about it, but now I find that it is featured in this month’s National Geographic. Beautiful place! And it looks like more is to be opened very soon. I will put that on my “to see” list if I ever make it up there.

  46. Rose
    2:35 pm on April 12th, 2011

    X-Files….My 2 cents.

    The best ever episode I’ve ever seen is entitled “Home”.

    Way scary!

    3:11 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Earlier, or maybe yesterday, Bee asked if we had a pic of the Scottish Highland calf that our friend is bottle feeding, after its mama rejected it. Here is a pic of the calf with Ivy, another English Shepherd friend, who has decided it is her job to watch over him. She licked him all over and pulled cockle burs out of his coat. She won’t let their other dogs near him.

  48. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:22 pm on April 12th, 2011

    The last battle of the Civil War, the Battle of Palmito Ranch, was fought in Texas on May 12, 1865, well after Robert E. Lee’s surrender on April 9, 1865.

    Someone forgot to tell us it was over.

  49. Wolfie
    3:28 pm on April 12th, 2011


    I would like to be listed as

    Wolfie Wigglebutt

    Proficient Blurrer

  50. Wolfie
    3:33 pm on April 12th, 2011


    I couldn’t find your email…..

  51. Siber-H
    3:47 pm on April 12th, 2011

    A civil war battle was fought in NM…the Battle of Glorieta Pass.
    In March of 1862 some Texans decided that they would secure the Santa Fe Trail for the Confederacy. The Confederate troops marched up the Rio Grande past Albuquerque and encountered the Union troops on the south end of the Sangre de Cristo Mountians.
    at Glorieta Pass. The Texans won that battle but lost the war in the rest of NM and the Southwest and went back home to Texas.
    The battle of Glorieta Pass is often referred to as the Gettysburgh of the West. Glorieta Pass may be one of the most scenic battlefields to visit to watch a reenactment.
    Mom and I do not hold this against the Texans. We love Texas.

  52. Mollypop
    3:49 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Wolfie – No problem. I was saying you could send me a picture but I like Melanie’s picture of you blurring better. It’s you! Talk about quantum physics!

  53. Melanie
    3:52 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Okay Wölfie, I’ll do it when I go back upstairs tonight.

    Rose: That was a scary episode. YIKES! And then they keep going . . .

    The calf is beautiful and what a wonderful dog.

    Macy: snicker, what no twitter?

    MollyPop: Could you email me? I have no idea what CS3 is or was or whatever.

  54. BearSpiritDog
    4:27 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Macy: Love the Ken Burns documentaries! Siber-H & Macy: Had not heard of those battles. Seems there is so much we don’t know about our nation’s history.

    Barb: Wonderful picture of Ivy and the little calf. That dog knows all about the healing powers of love and friendship.

    Wolfie: You are very close! Look to the east. You can hear me barking if you listen closely.

  55. BearSpiritDog
    4:37 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Quantum Physics! MollyPop, we understand you perfectly.

  56. dawson
    4:50 pm on April 12th, 2011

    BearSpiritDog: One of my boys was married in the San Juan Islands. What a beautiful place to roam around.
    The clippers are out. I’m gonna give the man in this house a “McKey” haircut.

  57. Melanie
    5:56 pm on April 12th, 2011

    I can’t wait to tell him that you’re naming a haircut after him!

  58. B.Stover
    6:38 pm on April 12th, 2011

    T&G: Laughing here. No wonder I couldn’t find the poem in my complete Yeats. I’ll look in my complete Hardy. I love the poem and I’m trying to think of a word to describe it. Too tired.

    Dawson: What an excellent idea! I’d cringe if my picture was up there for an entire month (or even a minute). Staff: Could you post a picture of my B quilt square in Friend of Chets?

    I love the X Files. My favorite was the one that had a character called Bambi working with Mulder and Scully kept repeating over the phone to him: “Her name is Bambi” in total disbelief.

    Just saw a squirrel crawling on the winter-killed grass and gathering up all the dried bits in his mouth probably for his nest. I’ve never seen a squirrel do that before.

  59. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:49 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Hey, y’all! When Mom and Dad bought this house they were told it was 30 years old, but then Mom did some research and found out it was built in 1888 — a wee bit more than 30 years old! So Mom went to the local historic society to see if they had any information about the house. The lady there was really nice, except when Mom said something about the house not being around during the Civil War. Then the lady said, “Around here we call that the War of Northern Aggression.” Oh. Mom, who is definitely not from around here, says she almost felt like apologizing!

  60. Melanie
    7:07 pm on April 12th, 2011

    I hit that “correcting” myself, Kirby T. On the other paw, spent 6 months saying “What?” every time someone tried to talk to me, and then when I said something, the reply was “What?”

    Leg of Lamb by Zoë:

    Dress by using olive oil, salt and rosemary, then cook 30 minutes for each pound at 350 degrees.

    (Really good)

  61. BearSpiritDog
    7:53 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Melanie: Zoe’s recipe sounds really good and easy.

    Kirby: The War of Northern Aggression. Hmmm…I think the O.Howlers are right – the war’s not over in some parts. If your house is that old can it be put on the Historical Register?

    4:44 signing off here and going to watch “Hereafter” on dvd.

    Hey! Tomorrow is the main course! We are looking forward to a fine feast and good company. Good night all – Bear

  62. Barb & Maggie
    8:16 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Rosemary is a nice compliment to lamb. We also like a little garlic during the roasting, and some mint jelly on the side when serving.

  63. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:27 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Crap!….Our baseball game was delayed because of rain in the Big Apple…grunt!…So we are watching the latest episode that Comcast will allow us to of The Event….sniff!…There is a torture scene in this show that quite frankly surpassed the hand hitting in Justified that so riled Mollie. Someone here is shocked that they allowed this to be shown on prime time TV…sneeze! …The intriguing thing is trying to figure out who the other ‘Sleeper’ is in the Whitehouse, so we will of course keep watching the show…grunt!…I’m stumped right now as to who that sleeper might be….sniff!

  64. LizF
    8:29 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Barb, lovely photo of the calf and dog. And I admire your philosophy of life too.

    Roast leg of lamb – my favourite meal, my dad’s making it for my birthday (yesterday) when Cricket and i go to his house tomorrow night.

    I like that Eisenhower quote very much.

  65. Melanie
    8:51 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Yea, YSAS said when he went four feet outside, he was drenched.


    Good on ya, Liz. Here’s to many more. 🙂

  66. Melanie
    8:55 pm on April 12th, 2011

    KirbyT: 1888. Yup that’s a bit older than 30 years. I know that some of the houses in this area were on the Underground Railroad. Not sure about our house. It’s definitely old enough.

    Wish your mom good luck finding out what she can.

    TTFN all!

  67. Mollypop
    8:57 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Happy Birthday Liz!!!!

  68. B.Stover
    9:02 pm on April 12th, 2011

    B&G: Love the picture.

    Happy birthday Liz.

    Good night all.

  69. LizF
    9:05 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Thank you guys! And goodnight – so early?? Sleep well!

  70. Staff
    9:13 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Hey there Dawson and BStover,
    I put your quilt squares up and they are being checked over for evil things and hopefully will be posted tonight. By the way B, I said that you said that Chet was a ‘good read’.

    Heh heh heh,
    OK so I didn’t say that. But I wanted to.

  71. Staff
    9:22 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Speaking of the Civil War. Mr.Staff reads history and just about anything he can get about the Revolution and the Civil War fascinates him. He read a history book this winter that claimed that one of the ’causes’ of the Revolution was that at that time England was outlawing slavery and was going to impose it on the Americas. The rich land owners of the south were opposed to that change. (Slavery had been abolished in England in 1772)

    So the United States was created, not so much for ‘freedom’ as we all have been told, but for a lot of reasons, one of which was to have the right to ‘own’ slaves. That fight finally was resolved with the civil war.

    Gives you a whole new light on ‘freedom’ doesn’t it?

  72. Barb & Maggie
    9:25 pm on April 12th, 2011

    Thank you Bree, and good night.

    Liz, Happy Birthday to you! Enjoy the dinner with your father. Do you have other family that is going to be there for the celebration?

    Yes,Liz, Barb’s philosophy goes along with a famous Native American proverb that goes something like “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” We have to keep in mind that the earth’s resources are not infinite, and we have to take care of what we have, or there will not be such a great environment for our future generations.

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