Saturday, July 31, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
I wonder if they still have those pews?
Storyteller is a short series of articles on a collection of historical markers within a few miles of my home. Our next road sign on the highway is for the city of Triune, so please be sure to come again soon!
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
by Native Vermont
The decline of the Sugar Maple can be attributed to pollution. Acid rain and soil acidification are some of the primary contributing factors to maple decline. Also, the increased use of salt over the last several decades on streets and roads for de-icing purposes has decimated the Sugar Maple's role as a "street-front" tree. The Maples role as a species of mature forests has led it to be replaced by more opportunistic species in areas where forests are cut over.
Twirly twigs? no, those are Maple seeds! The fruit is a double samara with two winged seeds, the seeds are globose with wings. The seeds fall from the tree in autumn.
Several interesting legends evolve around the branches of Maple trees:
In order to avoid the eggs of the stork being disturbed by a bat or even being killed whilst still in their shells, according to Alsatian folklore, placing branches of the Maple would ensure protection against the bat. In fact planting a branch of the Maple tree in a house was said to ensure that bats will not dare to enter.
MAPLE BRANCH NECKLACE
by Brazen Designs
Passing a young child through the branches of this tree has traditionally thought to encourage good health and a long life for the child.
Read more about folklore surrounding Maple syrup at McLure's of New England
by (yours truly) wildwood
Be sure to catch our next article in the American Hardwoods Series on Edge of the Wildwood. We'll be focusing on the distinctive features of Red Oak.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Friday, July 09, 2010
Follow the signs in wildwood...our next road sign is Wilson Creek Primitive Baptist Church. 'Storytellers' is a special series from Edge of the Wildwood.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Fri., Jan. 1, 1943
Well, today is the start of a new year here and we hope & pray that this year will bring us victory. As I write this (8:30 A.M.) our planes of all types are flying in battle formation in 7's, 3's and 4's. They sure look wonderful. I don't know whether they are expecting something or not, anyhow they are sure on the alert. It's just like the Japs to try something on a big holiday. Although, there are no holidays for us here.
Tojo has admitted defeat in the Solomons. The communique said he has warned the Japanese people to be prepared for anything. He said "our allies are getting stronger every day and they have not begun to fight us yet".
I hear the Japs in the hills are slowly surrendering, one and two at a time. We are taking them prisoner to encourage the others. Some new B25's (bombers) came in yesterday (10 of them). We are going to shell them from the beach. Shell them with heavy artillery. Bomb them and strape them for 3 days. 24 Hours a day and then we are going to make a big drive. We are determined to have them off the island by Jan. 10. After this big drive, the 164th, 182nd, and 132nd Infantry are leaving. The rumor is still heard that we are leaving by March 8.
I believe this war will be over by this time next year.
Sat., Jan. 2, 1943
Had the same detail today: unloading trucks in the depot around camp. I worked with Beatty today. Pancho, Dryden, Hall and myself played the game of "hearts" practically all day.
I hear the Japs in the hills have concrete pill-boxes now. Sure hope and pray we soon get them out of there.
Heard that the Senate or Congress passed the 14 mo. 'overseas service' and it's now up before the House. We will have 14 months in March, so if it's passed we will go home. I hear Wynn and Nothern have Malaria bad and they are taking them by plane transport to some small island 9 or 10 mi. from Fresno. Maybe that is where we will go too. At least, we all hope so.
Heard that the 135th Inf. is getting wiped out on the front lines. Only 34 men left in one platoon, and 19 in another. Heard also that out of a company of 200 men - 117 of them have Malaria and are going off the island.
Sun., Jan. 3, 1943
We had another sea battle last night (5th) and another big air-raid. This time it was 2 Jap bombers from the Jap Destroyer. I hear that we sank 5 of their 11 ships. We didn't pick up the Jap plane until it was directly above us. There were 5 bombs dropped about 200 yards from my tent before I could get my pants on. And that is all I put on.
I got in the fox-hole with my bare feet in the mud up to my ankles.
The A.A. Fire was just missing him and we had him in the lights good (5 searchlights). Worked up near the front lines today building another depot.
Heard that Russia declared war on Japan. Just a rumor, but I sure hope it's so. Valvatasdok on the coast of Russia is only 650 miles from Japan.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Ellis (Curly) threw a bullet into the fire today (30 Caliber) and it went off and hit him in the stomach.
Wed., Dec. 30, 1942
Twenty of us went up to the front lines to start a new depot one mile behind the lines. We unloaded around 40 truck loads. We heard that we are going to move it across the river tomorrow. Our officers never put a depot in the right place. The boys in the front lines are sure getting fed good. We saw trucks full of good food going up. bread, etc. We had another thunder-storm this evening and Boy, did it thunder and lightning (double bolts).
Thurs., Dec. 31, 1942
Was on air raid guard from 5 to 6 this morning. Worked around camp today, unloading trucks. A Marine Corporal up at the front lines had a watch that he had taken off of a Japanese soldier. It was a beautiful watch that had chimes on it and on the end of the chain it had a wedding ring. A Marine up there told us that he heard over the radio that the Lords of London said the war will be over in 500 hours (21 days). Imagine. Ha Ha.
Monday, July 05, 2010
Sat., Dec. 26, 1942
Early this morning there was continuous rifle firing for about an hour. The Infantry is giving the Japs hell now and they are still shelling them from the beach. President Roosevelt is scheduled to make a speech today with some good news for the soldiers & Marines in Guadalcanal. "Maytag Pete" didn't come over last night, believe it or not. It must have been because our planes were up practically all night. Worked in the area this A.M. as usual & am now washing clothes. Two of our fellows went up to the lines today to pick up & blow up "duds". I hear they found over 105 smoke shells that didn't go off.
Dec. 27, 1942
It poured down rain last night. We thought, at first, we were going to have a hurricane. I sure hope & pray that we don't have one while we're here. Worked this morning as usual, cleaning all 30 Caliber ammo & seperating them by year, arsenal, tracer, hull, A.P. etc. We also took all the 30 Caliber machine-gun bullets out of the belts (150 to a belt). We sure have alot of damaged ammo here.
I hear that 1500 bags of mail came in. I sure hope we get at least some of it.
Bob McMann and Mounclin were here this afternoon. I was sure glad to see both of them. Bob is stationed at the Emregency landing field. He is still chief Prop man, and is now a Tech Sargent. He was only a corporal on the boat. While we were sitting down there talking, a Xmas package came in for me from Mother & Dad. Boy, they sure sent me some swell things. A money-belt from Dad, a pouch & pipe from Farris, I think. A pen & pencil set from Mother, a cigarette case (leather), a stationary book, razor blades, foot powder, chewing gum, etc. I was thrilled to death to get them, honest. Also I got some swell pictures of Marjorie, Mom, Dad, Claud & dogs, etc. "Boy" they sure looked good. They tell me they are still taking mail off the boat. One truck alone yesterday made 18 trips.
Mon., Dec. 28, 1942
We cleaned up 30 Caliber machine gun bullets again, seperating them by the arsenal, year, tracers, armor piercing, etc. There was some mail that came in this morning and I got 2 from Mother & Dad dated on Nov. 9 and 24th. Took a shower, shaved and caught a little softball with Kraacks.
This is Harry's War Diary
Our family is proud to share the experiences of Private Haslam during World War II. At this point in the diary; Harry has been on Guadalcanal for about 40 days. The first 30 days were a blur, without regular entries or dates.
Nothing like talking to some old buddies and getting a package from home for lifting morale!Harry's 'giving them hell now' attitude quickly changes in the next few entries that will cover one week of his time on Guadalcanal.
It seems they have a new hostile pilot they call "Maytag Pete". Up until now, they've referred to every lone enemy plane as "Maytag Joe"
Want to read about Harry's ship being torpedoed, how they built horse corrals, or the close calls that came before these entries? You can click on the blue Harry's War Diary link for an automated search and scan the titles for some intriguing stories.
Sunday, July 04, 2010
Friday, July 02, 2010
This charming art sign was created for a toad habitat. A special garden spot has been selected for the woodburned 'TOAD TOWN' sign that helps define the area.
My delightful customer pigstysma had a vision for the sign and she provided me with good solid decisions and direction. I was able to keep her updated on the progress, as alot of these projects can take weeks to complete.
'TOAD TOWN' features a gnarly toad with bright, sharp eyes and craggly mouth. The texture of the toads' skin was well suited for woodburning, and even the smooth soft underside is well represented.
Thursday, July 01, 2010
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one
The mouse ran down
Hickory dickory dock
The first publication date for the "Hickory, dickory dock" rhyme is 1744. Hickory is a derived from the North American Indian word 'pawcohiccora' which is an oily milk-like liquor that is pressed from pounded hickory nuts. The word `Pohickory'' was contained in a list of Virginia trees published in 1653. The word ' Pohickory' was subsequently shortened to `hickory.'
Dock is a species of plant which has the Latin name of Rumex crispus. A well-known weed which has a long taproot making it difficult to exterminate. The Dock plant can be used as an astringent or tonic
Hickory flowers are small yellow-green catkins produced in spring. They are wind-pollinated and self-incompatible. The fruit is a globose or oval nut, approx. 2" long, enclosed in a four-valved husk which splits open at maturity. The nut shell is thick and bony in most species, it is divided into two halves which split apart when the seed germinates.
United States President Andrew Jackson was known as "Old Hickory" because of his toughness...just like the Hickory tree.