The Kunnel's Korner Saturday Dispatch
Shakespeare's Seasons
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Crabbed age and youth can
not live together:

Youth is full of pleasance,
age is full of care;

Youth like summer morn,
age like winter weather;

Youth like summer brave,
age like winter bare.

--The Passionate Pilgrim
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Moon Oddities
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Mythology
In Finnish mythology the Ilmatar, the
daughter of the sky, allowed a duck to lay
its egg on her knee. The egg fell, and its
white became the Moon and stars, while
its yolk became the Sun.

No Full Moon in
February this Year!
Info from The Old Farmer's Almanac, 2018
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Calendar Oddities
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Candlemas: February 2
    Celebrated 40 days after Christmas, this Christian observance is named for
the traditional blessing of candles that signify the light of God. Falling midway
between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, it also celebrates the
lengthening of days.
North America's Groundhog Day, when sunny weather is reputed to foretell
6 more weeks of winter, developed in part from Candlemas.
New England farmers traditionally believed that you still need
“half your wood and half your hay” on Candlemas to get through the winter.
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The Events of February 2018
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February 2, 2018- Candlemas
As far as the sun shines
in on Candlemus Day,
So far will the snow blow
in afore old May.
-- The Old Farmer's Almanac
Engagement Calendar 2018

February 7, 2018 - Last Quarter Moon


February 12, 2018 - Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
There is no name in
all our country's story
So loved as his today.
-- Abraham Linoln, by Robert
American clergyman
[1863-1944]
February 13, 2018 - Mardi Gras [Fat Tuesday]

    A thought for Valentine's Eve.
    The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard is considered the founder of modern existentialism. He wrote extensively on Christianity and the issues of morality and ethics that surround religion. One of his most influential books is Works of Love. In it, he notes that Jesus said, in a variation of the Golden Rule, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself" and asks if Jesus is therefore commanding self-love. In the Roman Catholic tradition, self-love is affirmed as necessary for true love of God. In the Protestant tradition, self-love is perceived as a barrier to genuine love of neighbor. Which is right? Kierkegaard argues that great subtlety is required. There is indeed a self-love that is deeply unhealthy and destroys our humanity. Yet there is a "proper" self-love that alone makes us whole persons. What is that love? Kierkegaard suggests it is when a person learns that love for that neighbor and love for oneself are the same thing; that indeed a person cannot become a self apart from their relationship to others. Elsewhere Kierkegaard calls this love forgiveness; and he suggests that only when I forgive my neighbor can I truly forgive myself -- and forgive I must:
    Works of Love by Søren Kierkegaard.
February 14, 2018 - Ash Wednesday [Lenten Season Begins] Valentine's Day



February 15, 2018 - Remember The Maine!

USS Maine (ACR-1), launched in 1889 as an armored cruiser, was a second-class pre-dreadnought battleship whose sinking by an explosion, either internal or by a mine, on 15 February 1898 at 9:40 pm, killing 266, precipitated the Spanish–American War
Facts About the Battleship Maine [GO!]


February 15, 2018- New Moon

National Flag of Canada Day
10:59 2/15/2010

February 22, 2018 - George Washington's Birthday
Washington,
the brave, the wise,
the good,
Supreme in war, in
council, and in peace.
-- Inscription at Mount Vernon,
George Washington's
Virginia estate.
February 22, 2018 - St. Peter's Night
The night of St. Peter
shows what weather we
shall have for the next 40 days.

February 23, 2018 - First Quarter Moon

February 31, 2018 - Full Old Moon
[Also commonly called a "Blue Moon"]

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Unwanted Advice from the Old Kunnel

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COMMENTS/CRITICISMS FROM MY READERS
I had a regularly scheduled visit with my medical doctor. He was away on some business and a doctor I've never seen filled in for him. He was an older doctor and very thorough in checking me over. He was surprised when he asked me how many times I got up during the night to go to the bathroom and I told him never. He was also very complimentary after we talked awhile telling me that I was a remarkable fellow and he seemed surprised when I told him I was 81. I told him, I like me and try to take care of myself. My regular doctor has told me that it should be a crime for a man my age to be as healthy as I am. There are those who will think of me as "lucky" but as I've said before, we create our luck by the things we do or don't do so maybe I am lucky but I think of my lot as being blessed and blessings come from God. I worked hard all my life and a doctor once told me regarding my dad, "hard work never hurt anybody but worry will kill you". I can honestly say that I never worry about anything because it is life's biggest waste of time. Worry never solved anything nor helped anybody and enjoying life is a lot more fun. I leave things beyond my control with God to take care of.
07:27 2/11/2005
For other observations of Frank ~Click Here~.
[Email Comment from Will Robinet, Fri, Feb 24, 2017 3:56 am]
My Great Niece Jessica Diggins won silver in the opening of this years world cup, (freestyle sprint event) and her teammate Kikkan Randall won the bronze. Jessica is an endurance cross county skier specializing in the 10K, (6 mile) so to do this well in the sprint was fantastic.
For the American team to have three skiers in the final to begin with, and then take two medals is incredible. Historically, the U.S. has not been a presence in Cross Country at all, but now has a team which is strong and consistent, rivalling the Nordic countries.
They will be a force to be reckoned with at the next Olympics for certain.
Jessie has medaled in three of the last world cups.
Check out the media write up {GO!}

[Email Comment from Will Robinet, Sat, Feb 17, 2018 2:07 pm]

Very nice link on Jessie and the U.S. Cross Country Team, thank you. The girls still have three shots at this Olympics and trust me, they are pulling out all the stops. Kikkan, the bedrock of the team doesn’t get the coverage in the American media that she deserves IMO. Trying to think of the last time that I had a baby, took a year off skiing, and then went on to win a Bronze medal in the Worlds Cup.
Great piece, thank you.
....
Honoured to have my Great Niece included on your site. She is a really nice person.
Thanks Bob,
Will
[It goes without saying, I agree; and, you ain't so bad yourself. Bob....]

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LOOK OUT! SOMEONE IS SNEAKING UP ON YOU!
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ANIMATED CARTOON MAKING 101
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MEDAL OF HONOR
Congressional Medal of Honor
    The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to
SERGEANT
JOHN BASILONE
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry in action against enemy Japanese forces, above and beyond the call of duty, while serving with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division in the Lunga Area, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on 24 and 25 October 1942. While the enemy was hammering at the Marines' defensive positions, Sgt. BASILONE, in charge of 2 sections of heavy machine guns, fought valiantly to check the savage and determined assault. In a fierce frontal attack with the Japanese blasting his guns with grenades and mortar fire, one of Sgt. BASILONE'S sections, with its gun crews, was put out of action, leaving only 2 men able to carry on. Moving an extra gun into position, he placed it in action, then, under continual fire, repaired another and personally manned it, gallantly holding his line until replacements arrived. A little later, with ammunition critically low and the supply lines cut off, Sgt. BASILONE, at great risk of his life and in the face of continued enemy attack, battled his way through hostile lines with urgently needed shells for his gunners, thereby contributing in large measure to the virtual annihilation of a Japanese regiment. His great personal valor and courageous initiative were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
Excerpts from Wikipedia, the free on-line encyclopedia
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IN MEMORIAM JOHN GLENN - FIRST AMERICAN IN SPACE

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    Holland McTyeire "Howlin' Mad" Smith, KCB (April 20, 1882 – February 12, 1967) was a General in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He is sometimes called the "father" of modern U.S. amphibious warfare. His nickname, "Howlin' Mad" Smith, had been given to him by his troops in the Dominican Republic in 1916.
    On the eve of World War II, General Smith directed extensive Army, Navy, and Marine amphibious training, which was a major factor in successful U.S. landings in both the Atlantic and Pacific. He subsequently helped prepare U.S. Army and Canadian troops for the Kiskand Attu landings, then led the V Amphibious Corps in the assaults on the Gilbert Islands, the Marshall Islands, the island of Saipan, and Tinian in the Marianas.
    During the Marianas operation, besides the V Amphibious Corps, he commanded all Expeditionary Troops, including those that recaptured Guam. He then served as the first Commanding General of Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, and headed Task Force 56 (Expeditionary Troops) at Iwo Jima, which included all the assault troops in that battle.
    Information and photo from WikiPedia, the FREE on-line encyclopedia
Video: Battle of Iwo Jima [GO!]

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IN MEMORIAM: CHARLES SCHULZ AND SNOOPY...

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From Augsburg Fortress


February 18 • Martin Luther, renewer of the church


     2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Lutheran Reformation. Assisted by the new technology of the printing press, Martin Luther's theology, spirituality, and scriptural interpretations swept through the Western world, challenging church authority and nurturing the Protestant movement. Luther died on February 18, 1546, in Eisleben, the city of his birth.
    “In order to point out an easier way for common folk (for I serve only them), I am proposing two themes concerning the freedom and servitudue of the spirit: The Christian individual is a completely free lord of all, subject to non; the Christian individual is a completely dutiful servant of all, subject to all.”
     —Martin Luther, in the 1520 bestseller
     The Freedom of a Christian

“Here I Stand - I cannot do otherwise - God help me - Amen”


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My Page Changes This Month... [Click on item to view.]

Aircraft
  1. Aircraft Of the Month.
  2. Messerschmitt Bf-109
  3. A Historic Pilot of the BF-109 GO!
  4. Northrop B-2 Spirit
  5. Convair B-36 Peacemaker
Music
  1. Rhapsody In Blue
  2. Video:Louis Armstrong: When The Saints Go Marching In!
  3. Video: Glen Miller's Orchestra: Chatanooga Choo-Choo
  4. Video: Duke Ellington, "Take the A Train"
  5. Video:Frankie Laine: “That Lucky Old Sun”

Page Updates
  1. Nine Notable Veterans of World War II
  2. Bookmarking The Kunnel's Korner.
  3. The Jukebox/Nickleloadian.
  4. Stephen Foster: My Old Kentucky Home.
  5. Video: North Africa Campaign [Rommel In Africa]

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