History, Plain Speaking, Politics

Occasional Quote of the Day: The 80/20 Rule

“The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is an 80 percent friend and not a 20 percent enemy”–Ronald Wilson Reagan Fifty-four years ago, on November 8, 1966, only two years after Barry Goldwater’s rout in the Presidential election of 1964, Ronald Reagan was elected Governor of California and American Conservatism was… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: The 80/20 Rule

Family, History

A Thought Experiment, Courtesy of Guy Fawkes

Welcome to that most British of holidays–Bonfire Night–Guy Fawkes Night–the Fifth of November. The holiday that, when I was a kid, was exponentially bigger than Halloween, as for a few days before, children would push around a wheelbarrow laden with a straw-stuffed effigy of Guido Fawkes, usually dressed in their father’s cast-offs or scrapings from… Continue reading A Thought Experiment, Courtesy of Guy Fawkes

History, Literature

Occasional Quote of the Day: Swift and Sure

‘For,’ said he, ‘as flourishing a Condition as we may appear to be in to Foreigners, we labour under two mighty Evils: a violent Faction at home, and the Danger of an Invasion, by a most potent Enemy, from abroad. As to the first, you are to understand, that for about seventy Moons past there have been two struggling Parties… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: Swift and Sure

Culture, Family Matters, Friendship, History, Nature

The Yankee Gale

“The Third of October, 1851, brought perhaps the greatest marine disaster in [Prince Edward Island] history. The afternoon was warm and still…the sky heavily clouded. The north and north west had a lurid, glassy appearance about sunset. It was a Friday, perhaps the best remembered Friday in P.E.I. history. A violent gale and wind arose… Continue reading The Yankee Gale

Family, History, Literature

Occasional Quote of the Day: Full many a flower is born to blush unseen

No, that’s not actually the quote of the day. It’s just a line from one of my favorite poems. The actual quote of the day for today, September 20, 2020, is “Of all losses, time is the most irrecuperable for it can never be redeemed.”–King Henry VIII I have no idea if Henry VIII ever actually… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: Full many a flower is born to blush unseen

Family, Family Matters, History, War

Commemorating “Battle of Britain Day.” And my Auntie Betty (1912-2014)

I was reminded, via a post on Ricochet, that today (September 15) is "Battle of Britain Day,"  The post is currently behind the member paywall.  If it's promoted to the public feed, I'll add a link. UPDATE: The post was promoted to the public feed.  Link is here. This is the story of Auntie Betty,… Continue reading Commemorating “Battle of Britain Day.” And my Auntie Betty (1912-2014)

Culture, Family, History

Occasional Quote of the Day: On Late Bloomers

The costume of women should be suited to her wants and necessities. It should conduce at once to her health, comfort, and usefulness; and, while it should not fail also to conduce to her personal adornment, it should make that end of secondary importance. The author of these words was born Amelia Jenks, on May… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: On Late Bloomers