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O sweet September! Thy first
breezes bring
The dry leaf's rustle and the
squirrel's laughter,
The cool, fresh air, whence health
and vigor spring,
And promise of exceeding joy
--George Arnold, American poet
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Moon Facts
& Folklore

Usually the Moon rises about 50 minutes later each day,
but around the time of the autumnal equinox, it rises
only around 30 minutes later in the United States and even
less in Canada.
Frost occurring in the dark of he Moon kills fruit buds and
blossoms, but frost in the light of the Moon will not.
There will be a Full "Corn" Moon, September 24, 2018
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The planets are still all highly visible but
will soon decline. Venus reaches greatest
brilliancy at magnitude -4.8 in the latter
half of this month, but it has gotten much
lower. Mercury is bright at magnitude -1 in the
predawn east from the 1st to the 6th, when it
meets Leo's blue star, Regulus. Jupiter stands
above Venus, their separation narrows each
evening. The Moon passes to the right of
Jupiter on the 13th, to the left of still-optimal
Saturn on the 17th, and above Mars on the
19th. Mars fades to magnitude -1.6 at
midmonth, matching Sirius, the night's
brightest true star.
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Today in God's Word...
“ Finally, brothers, whaterer is true, * * * * * * * * * * * * * whatever is honorable, * * * * * * * * * * * * * whatever is just, * * * * * * * * * * * * * whatever is pure, * * * * * * * * * * * * * whatever is lovely, * * * * * * * * * * * * * whatever is commandable, * * * * * * * * * * * * * if there is any excellence, * * * * * * * * * * * * * if there is anything worthy of praise, * * * * * * * * * * * * * think about these things. * * * * * * * * * * * * * --Philippians 4:8 [NKJV] * * * * * * * * * * * * *
08/25/2018 1314

The Events of September 2018
End of World War II Day -September 1, 1945

     World War II, which had begun in Europe on this date in 1939, with the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany, ended six years later to the day, September 1, 1945. The final concluding ceremony came the following day, September 2, 1945, with the signing of surrender papers by representatives of Japan, Nazi Germany's Axis partner in the Far East.

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Old Timer's Day - September 1, 2018
Rabbit Hash, Kentucky

Click here to visit The Rabbit Hash General Store.

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Labor Day - September 3, 2018

    Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer in the United States. The holiday is also a federal holiday.
    Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. "Labor Day" was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty U.S. states officially celebrated Labor Day.
    Canada's Labour Day is also celebrated on the first Monday of September. More than 80 countries celebrate International Workers' Day on May 1 – the ancient European holiday of May Day – and several countries have chosen their own dates for Labour Day.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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International Literacy Day - September 8, 2018

International Literacy Day

September 8 is observed by the organization of the United Nations as a day of international commitment to literacy.
    Today is also NATIONAL READ-A-BOOK DAY
     It's a shame we need a holiday to encourage us to read a book. Blame it on the times. Oh, we still read, but many of us can go an entire day and read nothing longer than 140 characters.
     We're not quite sure of the origins of National Read a Book Day. Maybe somebody just thought it was a good idea to remind us to take a moment, scan the bookshelf, make a selection, then sit and give it a read. Today, it's an even better idea. Just choose a book—any book will do, though we're partial to history books—and turn to Chapter 1 before the end of the day. You don't have to finish it—Who has time for that?!—but you can start. You'll be amazed at how relaxed and empowered you'll feel to read something at your own pace.
Commentary of the HISTORY CHANNEL CLUB.
My Book List for 2018 RIF: Reading is fundamental!
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Grandparents Day - September 9, 2018
Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.
-- Alex Haley [1921-92]

Rosh Hashana Begins

Patriot Day - September 11, 2018
    In the United States, Patriot Day, observed as the National Day of Service and Remembrance, occurs on September 11 of each year in memory of the people killed in the 2001 September 11 attacks.
    The flag of the United States is flown at half-staff at the White House and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments throughout the world; flags are also encouraged to be displayed on individual American homes. Additionally, a moment of silence is observed to correspond with the attacks, beginning at 8:46 AM (Eastern Daylight Time), the time the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
    Patriot Day is not a federal holiday; schools and businesses remain open in observance of the occasion, although memorial ceremonies for the victims are often held. Volunteer and service opportunities are coordinated by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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The Day That Will Live in Infamey - September 11, 2001

    At 8:45 a.m. on a clear Tuesday morning, an American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The impact left a gaping, burning hole near the 80th floor of the 110-story skyscraper, instantly killing hundreds of people and trapping hundreds more in higher floors. As the evacuation of the tower and its twin got underway, television cameras broadcasted live images of what initially appeared to be a freak accident. Then, 18 minutes after the first plane hit, a second Boeing 767–United Airlines Flight 175–appeared out of the sky, turned sharply toward the World Trade Center, and sliced into the south tower at about the 60th floor. The collision caused a massive explosion that showered burning debris over surrounding buildings and the streets below. America was under attack.
    The attackers were Islamic terrorists from Saudi Arabia and several other Arab nations. Reportedly financed by Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda terrorist organization, they were allegedly acting in retaliation for America’s support of Israel, its involvement in the Persian Gulf War, and its continued military presence in the Middle East. Some of the terrorists had lived in the United States for more than a year and had taken flying lessons at American commercial flight schools. Others had slipped into the U.S. in the months before September 11 and acted as the “muscle” in the operation. The 19 terrorists easily smuggled box-cutters and knives through security at three East Coast airports and boarded four flights bound for California, chosen because the planes were loaded with fuel for the long transcontinental journey. Soon after takeoff, the terrorists commandeered the four planes and took the controls, transforming the ordinary commuter jets into guided missiles.
    As millions watched in horror the events unfolding in New York, American Airlines Flight 77 circled over downtown Washington and slammed into the west side of the Pentagon military headquarters at 9:45 a.m. Jet fuel from the Boeing 757 caused a devastating inferno that led to a structural collapse of a portion of the giant concrete building. All told, 125 military personnel and civilians were killed in the Pentagon along with all 64 people aboard the airliner.
    Less than 15 minutes after the terrorists struck the nerve center of the U.S. military, the horror in New York took a catastrophic turn for the worse when the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed in a massive cloud of dust and smoke. The structural steel of the skyscraper, built to withstand winds in excess of 200 mph and a large conventional fire, could not withstand the tremendous heat generated by the burning jet fuel. At 10:30 a.m., the other Trade Center tower collapsed. Close to 3,000 people died in the World Trade Center and its vicinity, including a staggering 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers, and 37 Port Authority police officers who were struggling to complete an evacuation of the buildings and save the office workers trapped on higher floors. Only six people in the World Trade Center towers at the time of their collapse survived. Almost 10,000 other people were treated for injuries, many severe.
    Meanwhile, a fourth California-bound plane–United Flight 93–was hijacked about 40 minutes after leaving Newark International Airport in New Jersey. Because the plane had been delayed in taking off, passengers on board learned of events in New York and Washington via cell phone and Airfone calls to the ground. Knowing that the aircraft was not returning to an airport as the hijackers claimed, a group of passengers and flight attendants planned an insurrection. One of the passengers, Thomas Burnett, Jr., told his wife over the phone that “I know we’re all going to die. There’s three of us who are going to do something about it. I love you, honey.” Another passenger–Todd Beamer–was heard saying “Are you guys ready? Let’s roll” over an open line. Sandy Bradshaw, a flight attendant, called her husband and explained that she had slipped into a galley and was filling pitchers with boiling water. Her last words to him were “Everyone’s running to first class. I’ve got to go. Bye.”
    The passengers fought the four hijackers and are suspected to have attacked the cockpit with a fire extinguisher. The plane then flipped over and sped toward the ground at upwards of 500 miles per hour, crashing in a rural field in western Pennsylvania at 10:10 a.m. All 45 people aboard were killed. Its intended target is not known, but theories include the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland, or one of several nuclear power plants along the eastern seaboard.
    At 7 p.m., President George W. Bush, who had spent the day being shuttled around the country because of security concerns, returned to the White House. At 9 p.m., he delivered a televised address from the Oval Office, declaring “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.” In a reference to the eventual U.S. military response he declared: “We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.”
    Operation Enduring Freedom, the U.S.-led international effort to oust the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and destroy Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network based there, began on October 7, 2001. Bin Laden was killed during a raid of his compound in Pakistan by U.S. forces on May 2, 2011.
Photo montage from WikiPedia, the FREE on-line encyclopedia.
Write up from the History Channel.

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Tribute: Thomas E. Selfridge... - September 17, 2018
Honor Ceremony

Annually, the ol' Kunnel hoists a few drops of a toasting beverage in memorial to this first American aviation hero. You are cordially invited to do the same whether in the ol' Kunnel's vicinity or not. I hope that you will be lifting your glass in honor of Lieutenant Selfridge along side of himself at 3:00 P.M. E.D.T., September 17th.

Wherever you are, face in the direction of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Standing at attention, with your glass held high, give your vocal salute at the appointed hour. The salute is:

"To those who fly!"

--The honor ceremony was designed by -- the late Remmel C. Wilson...
a very old friend of the Old Kunnel.
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September 18, 2018: Yom Kippur Begins At Sundown
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September 22, 2018: Autumnal Equinox
The September full moon is usually known
as the Full Corn Moon because it traditionally
corresponds with the time of harvesting corn.
It is also called the Barley Moon because
this is time to harvest and thresh ripened
This year, the September Moon is also called
the Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon is the
Moon that falls nearest the autumnal equinox;
this full Moon provides the most light at the
time when it's needed most--to complete
the harvest!
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September 23, 2018: First Day of Autumn
September 30, 2018: Gold Star Mother's Day

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What you post is insightful and educational.
Bob, keep up the good work.
Your brother in Christ, Carlos

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as well as a brother in Christ.
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Thank you, Will...As usual your comments are of useful significance...
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Melvin Earl "Bud" Biddle (November 28, 1923 – December 16, 2010) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War II.
    Biddle was born on November 28, 1923, in Daleville, Indiana. He worked for Delco Remy in Anderson until being drafted into the U.S. Army in January 1943.
    By December 23, 1944, Biddle was serving in Europe as a private first class in Company B of the 1st Battalion, 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment. On that day and the following day during the Battle of the Bulge, near Soy, Belgium, he reconnoitered the German lines alone, killed three enemy snipers, and silenced four hostile machine gun emplacements. A week later, he was wounded in the neck by shrapnel which just missed his jugular vein. After recovering in England for several weeks, he headed back to his unit and on the way learned through an article in Stars and Stripes that he would be awarded the Medal of Honor.
    For his actions during the battle near Soy, Biddle was awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House on October 30, 1945, by President Harry Truman. When presenting the medal to Biddle, Truman whispered "People don't believe me when I tell them that I'd rather have one of these than be President."
    Biddle was later promoted to corporal. In addition to the Medal of Honor, he also received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Citation: He displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy near Soy, Belgium, on 23 and 24 December 1944. Serving as lead scout during an attack to relieve the enemy-encircled town of Hotton, he aggressively penetrated a densely wooded area, advanced 400 yards until he came within range of intense enemy rifle fire, and within 20 yards of enemy positions killed 3 snipers with unerring marksmanship. Courageously continuing his advance an additional 200 yards, he discovered a hostile machine-gun position and dispatched its 2 occupants. He then located the approximate position of a well-concealed enemy machine-gun nest, and crawling forward threw hand grenades which killed two Germans and fatally wounded a third. After signaling his company to advance, he entered a determined line of enemy defense, coolly and deliberately shifted his position, and shot 3 more enemy soldiers. Undaunted by enemy fire, he crawled within 20 yards of a machine-gun nest, tossed his last hand grenade into the position, and after the explosion charged the emplacement firing his rifle. When night fell, he scouted enemy positions alone for several hours and returned with valuable information which enabled our attacking infantry and armor to knock out 2 enemy tanks. At daybreak he again led the advance and, when flanking elements were pinned down by enemy fire, without hesitation made his way toward a hostile machine-gun position and from a distance of 50 yards killed the crew and 2 supporting riflemen. The remainder of the enemy, finding themselves without automatic weapon support, fled panic stricken. Pfc. Biddle's intrepid courage and superb daring during his 20-hour action enabled his battalion to break the enemy grasp on Hotton with a minimum of casualties.
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Noah's Ark

Everything I needed to know, I learned from Noah's Ark...
  1. Don't miss the boat.
  2. Remember that we are all in the same boat!
  3. Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.
  4. Stay fit. When you're 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
  5. Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
  6. Build your future on high ground.
  7. For safety's sake, travel in pairs.
  8. Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
  9. When you're stressed, float awhile.
  10. Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
  11. No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting.
[My grateful thanks to the ark builders in the Netherlands;
Melba Y. for the forwarded file; and our God for His guidance.]

08/27/2018 1458

The Perks for Being 70 Plus

At the root of every gray hair, there is a dead brain cell.

Someone had to remind me,
So I'm reminding you, too.
Don't laugh..... It is all true!

Perks of being over 60 and/or 70 & beyond!

Kidnappers are not very
Interested in you.

In a hostage situation,
You are likely to be released first.

No one expects you to run --

People call at 9 PM (or 9 AM) and ask,
'Did I wake you?'

People no longer view you as a

There is nothing left
To learn the hard way.

Things you buy now
Won't wear out.

You can eat
Supper at 4 PM.

You can live without sex
But not your glasses.

You get into heated arguments
About pension plans.

You no longer think of speed limits
As a challenge..

You quit trying to hold
Your stomach in no matter who walks
Into the room.

You sing along
With elevator music.

Your eyes won't get
Much worse.

Your investment in health insurance
Is finally beginning to pay off.

Your joints are more accurate meteorologists
Than the national weather service.

Your secrets are safe with your friends
Because they can't remember them either.

Your supply of brain cells is finally down to
A manageable size.

You can't remember
Who sent you this list.

And you notice these are all
In big print
For your convenience.

Forward this to everyone
You can remember
Right now!


Under any circumstances,
Take a sleeping pill, and a laxative on
The same night!

"Good friends are like stars...You don't always see them, but you know they are always there."

"Friendship Is Essential To The Soul"

[Many thank yous to Ellen T. for reminding of my great old-age benefits. grin]
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