Thursday, February 28, 2013

Two Cents' Worth from Everett Daily Herald

Something to consider these days.........

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.

Quote by E.B. White

So maybe we are 50% correct in thinking that those we elect are not right 50% of the time they have been in elected office......

Read a good book

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Quote of the Day-----Goodreads

He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.
Victor Hugo
February 26, 1802: Romantic French writer Victor Hugo was born 211 years ago today. Les Miserables, his epic novel of love and noble sacrifice, remains incredibly popular.

Sammy says   Read a good book today

Saturday, February 23, 2013

A Higher Call a book by Adam Makos

NPR and Diane Rehm once again brought forth a winner when having this book discussed.

Long before Charlie Brown of "Peanuts" fame, there was Charlie Brown from West Virginia, a farm boy who dreamed of flying, his dream comes true because of WWII. Charlie is sent to England to fly B-17's against the German Air Force

On the German side, we have Franz Stigler, a former Bavarian airline pilot, Franz never joined the Nazi party, nor did he wish to be in the war - however, Franz was to become a pilot in the German Air Force.

The book follows Franz's "career" in the German Air Force, it became very interesting to me, due to his being stationed in Libya (due to my father's career in the USAF, I lived in Libya from 1959-1962).

In a moment of "Higher Calling" Franz escorts Charlie's battered B-17 out of German air space to the "sea" where the bomber made "history" by making it back to England, although, hardly in one piece.

Normally, I do not read books regarding WWII, read many in my younger years, however, as I mentioned at the beginning I heard the author on Diane Rehm, and just wanted to read this one - am really glad I did.

In the course of the war, neither pilot discussed what occurred, Franz because of the consequences of what the Nazi party would do, and Charlie because the US armed forces did not want him to. What a wonderful conclusion when the two "enemies" were finally reunited during a time of peace.

Quote of the Day

Books, Cats, Life is Good.
Edward Gorey
February 22, 1925: Happy Birthday Edward Gorey! The writer and illustrator, who created an entire genre of delightful disasters, was born 88 years ago today.

So, I have been off the air for some time.  Just have too many things to do and not enough time to do it!