July 2016

July 31, 2016

Lost Objects and Found Memories

July 31, 2016
Lost Objects and Found Memories
Ridge Road Elba New York

Long-forgotten memories can be found again at the most unexpected times.

The photo above may not look like anything special but it's the place where i grew up. Many of my memories were made in that little town in Western New York. Our house was on a dead end road that transitioned into a field path. To the right is the driveway that led to our former home and little has changed since i was last there in the late 90s. Even the posted sign seems on one of the poles seems to be the same one. The little 'garden bed' is new, having replaced the bushes that used to be there. But the maple tree and the blue spruce tree are the same ones that were there back in the 90s. At one time there was a tall paper birch tree near the spruce tree, to the left of the garden bed, but it died from an insect infestation around the year 1996. The road itself still looks as beat up as it always has. They paved it in the early 90s, when it was nearly worn to gravel by then, and i'm sure they've paved it within the past few years though.

Across the road is the field where my siblings and cousins used to play in as children. We'd wait for the corn to get high enough and play a game that we called "ghost". We'd attach a piece of window plastic to a tall stick (the ghost) and run through the rows of corn chasing someone until we caught them. Then they'd become the "ghost". Everyone would have ten seconds to get away and hide and/or keep moving before the "ghost" started chasing while holding the stick of plastic and making ghost sounds. Sometimes, if we had enough sticks and plastic, we'd continue until everyone was a caught and became a ghost. I remember we'd usually play a little before sunset too. It was a game of tag, more or less.

Beyond the field, on the edge of the woods, my brother and i made a small, partial tree house in an old tree that leaned at an extreme angle. It was a large, healthy tree with a massive trunk that just grew strange. Given its size, the tree was at least 100 years old. Near that tree were remnants of what was probably a small building of some sort. The old, crumbling bricks and stones were hidden in the grass and in the dirt, along with remnants of a foundation. On old maps there is no evidence of anything ever being there. So we never knew what it actually was in the past. Further in the woods was old fence wire likely left over from when there were no trees there. Near that were two names carved in a tree that were at least ten feet up. The carving was kind of elaborate and definitely looked like it took a while to carve. I cannot remember the names but they'd certainly still be there.

One of the biggest memories i have though, from when i was around eight, involves the field path. We had neighbors around our age that'd we play with all the time. One summer the neighbor girl, who was my age, and i were running down the path. We ran all the way to the end and she'd realized that she dropped her necklace somewhere along the path. It was one of those colorful plastic bead snap-together necklaces. We searched the path and couldn't find her necklace anywhere. We gave up after a while and headed back to my house. This would've been around 1988. Years later, in 1997, and years after her family moved away, i was walking that path and randomly spotted the plastic necklace in the tall dry grass. It was along the path and about halfway up it. The necklace was worn and its colors had been faded by the sun over the decade. This was long after i'd forgotten about that day but picking it up triggered my childhood memories of that summer day. Almost like the memories themselves were locked up in that faded, worn, and dusty toy necklace.

Though we only lived there for around twelve years, my memories of that place are endless. I have so many memories of the people there, in the town. And they of I. I remember so much that i could probably write a short book on the years spent living there. Despite being a small town, it was definitely a lively and interesting town that i was glad to have lived in.

The Daily Post Prompt: The Things We Leave Behind

July 30, 2016

Ice Road Truckers Returns in August for Season 10

July 30, 2016
Ice Road Truckers Returns in August for Season 10
Ice Road Truckers, one of the History Channel's most watched shows, will be returning for season 10 on August 4th, 2016. It seems like the show only started a few years ago and yet it's been a decade that the show has been on air. How time flies.

Anyways, the first episode is set to air at 10PM EST (on August 4th) and the title of the episode is "Against All Odds". Nothing's been released about who's returning to the show but activity on social media, on their Facebook accounts, hints that Darrell Ward, Lisa Kelly, and Todd Dewey are returning for this season. Though, as with other years, they won't be the only ones to return and we may even see a surprise or two. Who knows?

They've confronted the deadly crossings that have tested their ability to survive. #IRT
Posted by Ice Road Truckers on HISTORY on Friday, July 29, 2016


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July 29, 2016

Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza - Piano ballad cover by Halocene

July 29, 2016
Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza - Piano ballad cover by Halocene

July 27, 2016

David Bald Eagle, who starred in Dances with Wolves, has died at the age of 97

July 27, 2016
David Bald Eagle, who starred in Dances with Wolves, has died at the age of 97
David Bald Eagle was a veteran of the Second World War and a drummer in a band, a champion ballroom dancer, competitor in rodeos and Hollywood stuntman during his younger years. He also had a starring role in Dances with Wolves. He died on July 22nd, 2016.
David William Bald Eagle, who died on Friday aged 97, was born in a tipi on 8th April 1919, in Cherry Creek, on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota. His name in Lakota translates as Wounded in Winter Beautiful Bald Eagle.
Dave was raised in the Minneconjou Sioux tribe, largely by his grandparents, on the prairies in the heart of America. He grew up speaking Lakota and immersed in Sioux tradition. One of his grandfathers was the warrior White Bull, who led the assault on General Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
Inspired by stories of White Bull’s friend Crazy Horse, Dave was keen to make his mark. He won his first rodeo at 14. He underwent the traditional sundance ceremony aged 15, and at 17 joined the Fourth Cavalry where he participated in the last years of mounted cavalry before mechanization, and became a formidable boxer. He re-enlisted into the 82nd Airborne – the All Americans – at the outbreak of the Second World War and fought in the landings at Anzio in Italy where he won the silver star. He was severely wounded by German fire while parachuting into France during the Normandy invasion.

Read the Rest of this post on his Official Facebook Page.


Posted by Dave Bald Eagle on Sunday, July 24, 2016

July 26, 2016

Mika Boorem - Photographed by York Alec Shackleton

July 26, 2016
Mika Boorem - Photographed by York Alec Shackleton
Mika Boorem, born August 18, 1987 in Tucson, Arizona is an actress best known for starring in Hearts in Atlantis,  Blue Crush, and The Initiation of Sarah. Photo taken by York Alec Shackleton

A photo posted by Mika Boorem (@mikaboorem) on

July 25, 2016

Learn about Genesee County, NY History by Visiting These Museums

July 25, 2016
Learn about Genesee County, NY History by Visiting These Museums
Genesee County, situated in Western New York, has a long, rich history. Genesee County was founded in 1802 and got its name from the Seneca word for "The Beautiful Valley", Gen-nis'-hee-yo. Currently, there are twelve main museums in the county that provide insight into the history of the towns that they're in. You'll not only learn a lot of local history but you'll also feel a connection to it, through their exhibits.

So whenever you're in the area, definitely visit any or all of these museums.

Holland Land Office- Batavia NY (1)

Alabama Museum

Was originally a one-room school house. In the museum you'll find history about local industry, past notable citizens, and even historic items such as posters and even a horse buggy.

Alexander Museum

Plenty of old technology can be found in this museum, including a historic phone, a typewriter, and record players. Also, you'll find interesting tools, from the 1800s, that many may not even recognize.

Bergen Museum

The Bergen Museum is located inside what used to be a livery stable. You'll find works depicting local scenes, buildings, and even one of a classroom from the past. Many individual items are displayed for viewing to learn more about the local history.

Byron Museum

Located inside an old church, you'll find a lot of historic clothing and items on display. Displays related to the history of the local high school and local farming can also be found in this museum.

Elba Museum

This museums consists of three buildings and plenty to see. You'll learn the history of the local school, see how people used to live before any modern technology, and how farming was done in the 1800s.

Historic LeRoy House, Jell-O Gallery

These are two separate and distinct museums in LeRoy. The Jell-O Gallery, given its name, is where you can learn about the Jell-O brand's history, influence on American culture, and its beginnings. They also have a gift shop.

The Historic LeRoy House is a home that was built in 1822 and now houses many historic items. Also featured are items related to Jacob Leroy, who lived in the home in the 1800s. There's also an exhibit for the "father of the stringless bean", Calvin Keeney.

Holland Land Office Museum

This museum provides plenty of history about Genesee County and Western New York in general. There are also many historic items on display, including documents.

Oakfield Historical Museum

Learn about the local industry of gypsum mining, including photographs of operations and equipment. The museum also has a sizable collection of arrowheads found in the Oakfield area.

Pembroke Museum

Provides information on the history of the local post office and fire department. Including items from the past of these two facilities. Military history is also covered with military items on display.

Stafford Museum of History

One of the newer museums, featuring many items of historic importance and origin. Including excavated pottery that was created before, during, and after the times that settlers were moving into the area. Also has a gift shop.

Tonawanda Indian Reservation Historical Society

Features many interesting photographs and illustrations of the local history and that of the Tonawanda Indian Reservation. Including the history of the Seven Nations.

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July 23, 2016

Santa Clarita Valley Area Wildfire Scorches over 11,000 Acres

July 23, 2016
Santa Clarita Valley Area Wildfire Scorches over 11,000 Acres
Evacuations have been ordered in some areas of the Santa Clarita Valley as a wildfire continues to burn. As of 3 p.m. on Friday, the fire was around 10% contained and firefighters were still in force in fighting the blaze and taking preventative measures to decrease its spread.

One such place that was evacuated was Little Tujunga Canyon, north of Kagel Canyon. Approximately 300 residents of Little Tujunga Canyon have been ordered to evacuate and one structure in the area has burned. Sand Canyon, Bear Divide, and Placerita Canyon are also under mandatory evacuation orders. People were evacuating as massive flames, fanned by 20 mph wind gusts and aided by 100+ degree temperatures, were within close sight of their homes. Road closures have also been put in place in the region of the wildfires. In total, over 1,500 homes have been evacuated.




Read More: UPDATE: Mandatory evacuations in Sand Canyon, Placerita Canyon, Lost Canyon

July 21, 2016

Matt Kibbe: On the Road to the RNC. A 'Wake' for the Republican Party?

July 21, 2016
Matt Kibbe: On the Road to the RNC. A 'Wake' for the Republican Party?
Matt Kibbe, of Conservative Review, gives his views on the Republican National Convention. He feels that this election's convention for Republicans feels less united and more like a 'wake'. Kibbe asks, "Could it be that the Republican Party is facing a mortal experience?"

The answer is, "Yes."


Be sure to watch the rest of his RNC videos this week.

If Donald Trump loses this year, under the environment of division being played up by some Republicans, then we will be seeing the end of the Republican Party. At the very least, in terms of being influential. It's like the establishment Republicans would rather undermine and burn down their party instead of uniting behind the current candidate.

If they don't want to make peace with the current candidate, fine. If they want to falsely claim that Trump is tearing the party apart, go ahead. Even though it is they, these establishment types, who are creating this divide and trying to make gains off of it. If we're seeing the death of the Republican party, so be it. It would have been a great run but less of us will miss the party than they think.

While i have my leanings towards the Republican party, my loyalty was never to you. Now that you're showing your true face it's even clearer that your loyalty was never with any of us either. It was always about the DC political environment first, wasn't it? The loss, none of this, will be something that you'll be able to pin on Trump and much less on any of his supporters. We owe you nothing and, after all this, the goodbye will be a good riddance (if it were to occur).

Trump isn't some idol to us, but he is a message to you. A message that you're not understanding the words of all that well. One that you're refusing to analyze. Instead, you go for the easiest, unintelligent definition of him that much of the left also has. Your simple-mindedness only has you seeing him as a "bigot", "racist", and/or a "disaster" to try and convince yourselves that you're right. When, in fact, you're the disaster revealing itself. It is you, this "establishment", that has created this fracture after the loss in 2012 with Romney. You've given free rent to the leftists and let them get into your heads. Now many of you, in the GOP, are willing to harm the future effectiveness of the Republican party. That is, instead of at least giving support to the GOP candidate. You completely refuse to even acknowledge any of the positives that he has.

If he loses, it'll be an, "oh well" for most of us and a shrug of our shoulders. Yet, for the Republican party, it's going to be an, "Oh shit!"

July 17, 2016

A Woman Called Moses - A Film about Harriet Tubman

July 17, 2016
A Woman Called Moses - A Film about Harriet Tubman
A Woman Called Moses is a film/miniseries about Harriet Tubman, aired in 1978. The film shows both her life as a figure in helping slaves escape, as an abolitionist, and aspects of her personal life and relationships with others.

Much of the film takes place in her home state of Maryland. She returns there to rescue her family members from slavery. She aids a few of her relatives in escaping to Canada while taking her parents into her own home. She traveled back a few times to aid more of her family members, then branched out into aiding other slaves in their escape.

Harriet Tubman's actions were ones of bravery and courage of countering the unjust, alongside other abolitionists. The film gives some insight into how Harriet Tubman outsmarted slave masters, slave catchers, and taught other slaves (and escaped slaves) ways to escape on their own. Harriet Tubman is portrayed by the actress Cicely Tyson. Who also portrayed a former slave (although fictional) in the equally excellent film, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.

All in all, this film is definitely worth watching. You can get the full quality version on DVD here


July 16, 2016

4 Excellent Iced Tea Makers

July 16, 2016
4 Excellent Iced Tea Makers
There's hardly anything better than a fresh glass of chilled iced tea on a warm summer day to fight the summer heat. These four iced tea makers and iced tea brewers are convenient for those summer days when you want to relax and enjoy the season. They're also great for quick preparation and dispensing of iced tea during summer outings, family gatherings, and any summer activity that you have planned. As someone who enjoys tea, making perfectly brewed tea is much more convenient with a tea maker. Below are some of the best iced tea makers currently available.

Clicking any of the links below will also provide you with in-depth, satisfied customer reviews.


Known for coffee makers, Mr. Coffee also produces a great line of iced tea makers. This 2-quart model is capable of brewing both tea bags and loose tea. The brew filter basket is removable and easy to clean. With it, you'll be able to brew your favorite iced tea within a few minutes. Features an on/off light and fast brew cycle.


This iced tea maker, like the previous Mr. Coffee, also has the ability to brew from loose tea and tea bags. Its fast brewing will make a bit more tea, at 2.5 quarts, and you'll also have the ability to choose how strong you want the tea to be. As soon as it's done, the tea maker will shut off by itself. Also features a water filter for giving your tea its best flavor.


Another great iced tea brewer from Mr. Coffee. This one allows you to brew 3 quarts of fresh iced tea within minutes. Like the previous, it also features a brew strength selector. Features a power, on/off light and automatically shuts off when your tea is done brewing. Available in three colors: Blue, Teal Splash, and Watermelon.


West Bend's iced tea maker provides you with automatically timed brewing and brew strength settings. You'll be able to brew around 2.75 quarts of tea per brew. Also features a removable dispenser for sweetener, but it's best to add your choice sweetener directly to your brewed tea. This tea brewer also has a power light and automatic shut off when it's done brewing.

July 13, 2016

Visit These Fall Festivals in Virginia - 2016

July 13, 2016
Visit These Fall Festivals in Virginia - 2016
Here's a list of Fall festivals in Virginia for 2016. Many of which take place in small towns and are worth stopping at for a new experience, if you're in the area. So, if you're looking for a new cultural experience then plan your visit to any one of these autumn festivals and events.


St. Benedict Oktoberfest

September 16th to 18th - Christkindlmarkt (Christmas market), live music, and dancing. Authentic German foods and beers. Also, beers from local brewers. Activities for children and adults.

http://www.stbenedictoktoberfest.com/

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2016 Fall Festival and Taste of Falls Church

September 17 from 10 am to 4 pm - Features pony rides, numerous children's events, local crafts, live entertainment, food and more. Free admission but rides and food cost extra.

http://www.fallschurchva.gov/638/Fall-Festival-Taste-of-Falls-Church

Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival

Held by the Rotary Club of Winchester. September 17th and 18th. Art, crafts, and other goods for sale. Many activities for children. Get a free apple and apple samples at the Apple Theme Booth. Apple pie eating contest. Live music. Also available are foods, beers, and hard cider.

http://www.winchesterappleharvest.com/

Grayson Highlands Fall Festival

September 24th and 25th from 10 am to 5 pm. - Vendor crafts, live music, children's activities, see apple butter, apple cider, and molasses traditionally prepared.

http://www.ghfallfestival.50megs.com/

Lovettsville Oktoberfest 2016

September 26th from 10 am to 11pm (typically) - Live music, including traditional Bavarian music, numerous activities, beer available all day. Beverages, food, and activities also available for children.

http://www.lovettsvilleoktoberfest.com/

Hunt Club Farm Harvest Festival

September 26th to November 1st, 10 am to 6 pm. Farm tours, petting farm, carnival rides (extra cost), pony rides, and more entertainment.

http://www.huntclubfarm.com/harvest-festival/

Franklin Fall Festival

September 30th to October 1st - $5 for admission, children under 6 get free admission. Live music, fireworks, children's activities, car show, and more. Apple-picking at the orchard and more.

http://downtownfranklinva.org/page/franklin-fall-festival/

Clifford Sorghum Festival

October 1st and 2nd - live music, showcases, and jousting tournaments. Apple butter and sorghum syrup are for sale, with proceeds being for the benefit of the community.

http://www.cliffordsorghumfestival.org/

Manassas Fall Jubilee 2016

October 1st, 10 am to 5pm (rain date October 8th) Many vendors and entertainment for children and adults, including live music. Contests, games, pumpkin picking, and more. Free admission.

http://visitmanassas.org/event/manassas-fall-jubilee/?instance_id=109073

Silver Creek & Seamans’ Orchards Applebutter Festival

October 1st and and 15th, 10 am to 4:30 pm. Many activities for children, including a corn maze, pumpkin picking, Mingo the Clown, games and more. Live music, food, and many food items for sale.

http://silvercreekseamansorchards.com/apple-butter-festival/

Dayton Days Autumn Celebration

October 1st 8:30 am to 4 pm. Free admission. Numerous vendors, food, arts and crafts, The Heritage Museum, Fort Harrison tour, activities for children, and more.

http://www.daytonva.us/blog/event/36th-annual-dayton-autumn-celebration/

Graves' Mountain Apple Harvest Festival

October 1st and 2nd, 8th and 9th, 15th and 16th, 10 am to to 4:30 pm. Free admission and free parking. Art and crafts, food and live entertainment. Children's activities include pony rides and a hay maze.

http://www.gravesmountain.com/events-calendar/apple-harvest/

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Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife

October 1st and 2nd, 10 am to 5pm - Includes live music, children's activities, arts and crafts, many food vendors, and much more

https://www.nngov.com/820/Fall-Festival-of-Folklife

Suffolk Peanut Festival

October 6th to 9th - many activities for the whole family, amusement rides, fireworks, demolition derby, and more.

http://www.suffolkpeanutfest.com/

2016 Monterey Hands and Harvest Festival

October 7th and 8th - Entertainment and activities, including exploring of the back roads and trails of the area under the colors of fall foliage. Many autumn season foods will also be available. Arts and Crafts vendors and live music. Self-guided tours, wagon rides, and more.

http://www.highlandcounty.org/events/hands-harvest-festival/

Wise County Famous Fall Fling

October 8th and 9th - Enjoy crafts, foods, and live music with sights of autumn foliage at the height of its color. Also, contests and children's activities.

http://www.wisefallfling.com/

Shenandoah Autumnfest 2016

October 15th starting at 12 pm - arts and crafts for sale. Taste-testing of wine, live music, competitions and more.

http://shencochamber.wix.com/autumnfest

2016 Tysons Fall Harvest Festival

October 15th and 16th and 22nd and 23rd, 12 pm to 5 pm - Many arts and crafts booths. Many children's activities, including a hay maze, bounce house, petting zoo and more. For adults, beer and wines produced in Virginia.

http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/2016-tysons-harvest-festival

2016 Aldie Harvest Festival

October 17th, 9 am to 5 pm - Crafts, jewelry, food vendors. Events on local history and children's activities. Plastic duck race on the Little River, with prizes available.

http://www.aldieheritage.com/harvestfest

Bluegrass, Barbecue & Brew Festival at Patrick Henry’s Red Hill

November 5th, 11 am to 5 pm, featuring Virginia beers and hard ciders, barbecued foods, bluegrass music, and arts and crafts vendors.

http://bluegrassbarbecuebrew.com/

For a complete list of fall festivals in Virginia for 2016, visit: 


July 9, 2016

Rural and Urban America is Similarly Affected by the "Normal White American"

July 09, 2016
Rural and Urban America is Similarly Affected by the "Normal White American"
When i hear that label, as recently spoken by Newt Gingrich, i think of those individuals that i don't care to interact with. They are typically the types of people that live in suburbs or gated communities, places i've never known. Places completely devoid of any character and visible culture, that i'd never care to visit. When i think of them, i think of the settings of The Brady Bunch. Communities that are within distance of every convenient, inexhaustible resource, allowing them to rarely leave their "enclave". To me, that is what i see as the environment of the "normal white American".

Politically, these people tend to be very anti-individual, pseudo-liberal, and enjoy oversight from immediate government entities and Homeowners Associations. The white liberal. There's an elitism to them. An attitude of despising both urban and rural populations. If they choose to move to either area, rural or urban, they care little about the local economy and local businesses, bring rise in home and rent prices, and dilute, undermine (or even destroy) local culture for their benefit. I can't speak for the urban experience but we all know this as gentrification. And we can easily find a unity over this subject.



July 8, 2016

Quick Facts about Micah Xavier Johnson and the Dallas Shooting (Photos, Video)

July 08, 2016
Quick Facts about Micah Xavier Johnson and the Dallas Shooting  (Photos, Video)
Self-described activist Micah Xavier Johnson was a 25-year old former Army reservist motivated by the recent incidents of fatal shootings of African-Americans by police officers. The self-radicalized individual was likely heavily influenced by the foolish "calls for action" on social media by BLM activists and instigators alike.

His attack was racially motivated, as it is believed he was singling out white officers. Which is another division that has been being pushed, White vs. Black, by some activists affiliated with Black Lives Matter.


Other facts about the incident in Dallas:

- Three other suspects are in custody, one woman and two men.
- Micah Xavier Johnson was killed by police with a robot equipped with an explosive device
- Xavier was wearing body armor, was armed with a rifle and handgun
- Two civilians were also injured in the shootings.
- One of the injured individuals is Shetamia Taylor, shot as she shielded her children
- Five officers were killed, 7 were injured
- Black nationalists have praised this incident
- One such opportunist, racial supremacist group praising the acts was the Black Power Political Organization. Their Facebook page has since been removed


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3680097/Protests-sweep-nation-thousands-demand-justice-Alton-Sterling-Philando-Castile-black-men-shot-dead-police.html