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Inter-connectiveness…in the WILD

 

 BOYER WRITES CELEBRATES 5 YEARS OF BLOGGING

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THE VANISHING ANIMAL WORLD…and our Connection

beautiful cat

We are human.  The animal world is vanishing…ever so slowly…or rapidly, in some cases because of humans.

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elephants

The savagery on elephants for their tusks may bring a generation soon that will not see an elephant in the wild.  As they die off in the zoos, they also may be no more.  One of God’s most beautiful creatures is at great risk.

Lions Family PortraitThe big cats of the world remind us of our own domestic cats.  There is no such thing as a truly tamed lion even though it may appear so as we watch the inter-action and inter-connectiveness between man and animals of the wild.  Sometimes this comes from knowing the animal from the moment they are born. Other times it is the special talents of men who get up-close and personal as shown in this video.

We share with you an up-close view of animals that must be saved.   (Compliments of 60 Minutes)

One last glance down…and then

My last blog was a warning to those who may take a drink too many…with a charming video to prove the point.   Today I add a much more sobering video.   This probably will be an eye-opener to what “one last glance down” can do to you or your passengers.

Movie Goers  in Hong Kong were ask to leave their cell phones on after they entered the theater.

 

Just a few beers..and CHOICES

So often we hear the sad stories of both young and old not making it home because of an accident where there was a DUI (Drinking Under the Influence)  involved. The heartache that goes with these reports is probably indescribable. So what is the problem with “just a few beers”…probably nothing…if a person knows when too many is definitely too many.

I remember one date I had in my youthful years…and he definitely was not able to drive anyone anywhere. The choice I made that night was not an easy one…because it was not only embarrassing, but a definite let-down to a night that could have been a happy one. I asked another guy that I knew was not drinking that night to take me home.  He did.

Recently I saw a Budweiser commercial that had a good message of choice…even if it was a bit sad. It had a lesson in CHOICES:

  • The CHOICE not to drive.
  • The FACT that some made a CHOICE to drive…and did not make it home.
  • There may be those at home WAITING…and counting on you to return. It would be best to think  before it becomes just a few…or a few too many.

Watch this video and see what you think. (or better still…watch it with a young person.)

For Your Sunday Listening Pleasure ….the Violin

This history of the violin:

Andrea Amati Violin in the  Met Museum, NYC

Andrea Amati Violin in the Met Museum, NYC

 

The violin first emerged in northern Italy in the early 16th century especially from the Brescia area. Many archive documents testify that from 1485-95 Brescia was the cradle of a magnificent school of string players and makers, all called with the title of “maestro” of all the different sort of strings instruments of the Renaissance: viola da gamba (viols), violone, lyra, lyrone, violetta and viola da brazzo.

The Rebac shown in painting

The Rebec shown in painting

Most likely the first makers of violins borrowed from three different types of current instruments: the rebec , in use since the 10th century (itself derived from the Arab rebab ), the Vio da Baccio  (or Renaissance Fiddle), and the lira da braccio .

The earliest explicit description of the instrument, including its tuning, was in the Epitome musical by Jambe de Fer, published in  Lyon in 1556. By this time the violin had already begun to spread throughout Europe.

Carvings on violin

Carvings on violin

Instruments of approximately 300 years of age, especially those made by Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesù, are the most sought after instruments (for both collectors and performers). In addition to the skill and reputation of the maker, an instrument’s age can also influence both price and quality.

 

 

 

 

 

ENJOY NOW THIS VIDEO OF BEAUTIFUL VIOLIN MUSIC: (enlarge for better view of scenery)

 

 

 

The Sullivans…”Sticking together” in the Agony of War

 

On board USS Juneau (CL-52) at the time of her commissioning ceremonies at the New York Navy Yard, 14 February 1942.

On board USS Juneau (CL-52)  New York Navy Yard, 1942.

 

Two ships have been named after the Sullivan brothers because of the terrible loss of all five brothers who joined up together to fight in World War II :  (Sullivans (DD 537), commissioned in 1943 and the USS The Sullivans (DDG-68) was commissioned in September 1993.)

The brothers are shown in the picture at left: Joseph, Francis, Albert, Madison and George Sullivan.    All men from Waterloo, Iowa were serving on the same ship that went down  following the 13 November 1942 Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.

It was later learned, through survivors’ accounts, that four of the brothers died in the initial explosion. The fifth, George Thomas, despite being wounded the night before, made it onto a raft where he survived for five days before succumbing either to wounds and exhaustion or a shark attack.

The brothers received the Purple Heart Medal posthumously and were entitled to the American Defense Service Medal, Fleet Clasp; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with four engagement stars and the World War II Victory Medal. They had also earned the Good Conduct Medal.

One can only imagine the grief felt by their family members.   Their parents were Mr. Thomas F. Sullivan and Mrs. Alleta Sullivan.  Mr. Sullivan was a brakeman on the Illinois Central Railroad. They were your typical Irish Catholic family.  Their family motto was “We stick together” .  That was what made them ask permission to serve together on the doomed ship. 
 
The brothers had one sister, Genevieve Sullivan who was close to her brothers.

The last of the Sullivan children, Genevieve Sullivan joins the Waves in 1943.

The last of the Sullivan children, Genevieve Sullivan joins the Waves in 1943.

Albert Leo Sullivan’s wife, Katherine Mary Sullivan had a son named James Thomas, who was  twenty-two months old at the time of his father’s death. James Sullivan, later joined the Navy and served on the ship named for his father and uncles.   His daughter is shown in the picture below.

 

 Kelly Sullivan Loughren is the granddaughter of Albert Leo Sullivan, the youngest of the five Sullivan brothers who lost their lives together aboard USS Juneau during World War II.  She is a teacher.

Kelly Sullivan Loughren is the granddaughter of Albert Leo Sullivan, the youngest of the five Sullivan brothers who lost their lives together aboard USS Juneau during World War II. She is a teacher.

Following the loss of their sons, Thomas and Alleta  toured the United States. They spoke in plants, ship yards, and public events to help support the war effort. Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered a Ship to be named “The Sullivans” and in 4, April 1943, The Fletcher Class Destroyer, USS The Sullivans launched with Alleta attending the event.

USS The Sullivans DD-537)

USS The Sullivans DD-537

USS The Sullivans DDG-68

USS The Sullivans DDG-68

Directed by Lloyd Bacon Produced bySam Jaffe Robert Kane

Directed by Lloyd Bacon
Produced by Sam Jaffe
Robert Kane

A movie was made of the story of these brave men and the grief, dedication and sacrifice of this Irish family.  Five head stones are placed in their memory at Arlington National Cemetery.

 

Guidelines in part from the Navy Personnel:

” …In the Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin for July, 1942, it was stated that the Bureau considered it to be in the interest of their families that brothers not be put on the same ships in wartime, and added that “in view of the above, commanding officers will not forward requests for brothers to serve in the same ship or station.” Other than the foregoing announcements, no policies were put forth on the subject. The question of the advisability of coercive action to force the separation of brothers was considered, especially after the death of the five Sullivan brothers as a result of the sinking of the U.S.S. Juneau on 13 November 1942. However, no such action was taken.

On 15 November 1944 Bureau Circular Letter 345-44 was issued. It stated that in case a family had lost two or more sons in the armed forces and had only one surviving son, consideration would be given to application either by the family or the surviving son for the latter’s retention in the United States, unless he was engaged in non-hazardous duties overseas. On 14 April 1945 Bureau Circular Letter 107-45 broadened the rule to provide that if two or more members of the family had been lost consideration would be given to the return to the United States of all remaining members of the family….”

 

A VIDEO TRIBUTE TO THE FIVE SULLIVANS

Rescue Dogs of 9-11

9-11 Rescue DogsWe know that many people put their lives at risk to go into the smoking pieces of debris  at Ground Zero on 9-11.  Many of these first responders died and later many others became ill.   We also know that there were a number of rescue dogs that helped find remains.  We honor these brave men and women as well as the canines who helped on that terrible day.

Resting from a long day!

Resting from a long day!

Resting from a long day!

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9-11 Rescue Dogs39-11 Rescue Dogs6

 

At the time this video was made, Abby was the last living Rescue Dog from the training center.  There is, however , another dog, Bretagne  is the longest living rescue dog from 9-11.    In the pictures above are search dogs that have passed away.  We owe them great honor and gratitude.

Bretagne the golden retriever who is now 15 years old and the longest surviving rescue dog today. (2014) shown in this picture with her handler.

Bretagne shown on 9-11 is 15 years old in 2014

Bretagne shown on 9-11 is 15 years old in 2014

 

     SEE VIDEO OF ABBY  with her handler  

 

A Prayer on 9-11 and the Aftermath

Today I would like to share a prayer from 2008 where the Twin Towers stood in New York City.

After reading the prayer, scroll down below to see what the people of New York have accomplished in the past years.   Thanks to Yahoo News photographer Gordon Donovan who has taken many memorable images from photographs of 9-11 and found the exact spots today, we are able to see what the American people can do after such a tragedy.

 

Trinity Church Cemetery 9-11

Trinity Church Cemetery 9-11

 

 

Trinity Church cemetery today

Trinity Church cemetery today

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“O God of love, compassion, and healing,
look on us, people of many different faiths
and traditions,
who gather today at this site,
the scene of incredible violence and pain.
We ask you in your goodness
to give eternal light and peace
to all who died here
the heroic first-responders:
our fire fighters, police officers,
emergency service workers, and
Port Authority personnel,
along with all the innocent men and women
who were victims of this tragedy
simply because their work or service
brought them here on September 11, 2001.

We ask you, in your compassion
to bring healing to those
who, because of their presence here that day,
suffer from injuries and illness.
Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families
and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy.
Give them strength to continue their lives
with courage and hope.

We are mindful as well
of those who suffered death, injury, and loss
on the same day at the Pentagon and in
Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Our hearts are one with theirs
as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.

God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world:
peace in the hearts of all men and women
and peace among the nations of the earth.
Turn to your way of love
those whose hearts and minds
are consumed with hatred.
God of understanding,
overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy,
we seek your light and guidance
as we confront such terrible events.
Grant that those whose lives were spared
may live so that the lives lost here
may not have been lost in vain.

Comfort and console us,
strengthen us in hope,
and give us the wisdom and courage
to work tirelessly for a world
where true peace and love reign
among nations and in the hearts of all. “

Pope Benedict XI–Prayer at Ground Zero
New York, 20 April 2008

Before and After Pictures of 9-11 and today 

TWIN TOWERS REPLACED TODAY BY ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER AND MEMORIAL

TWIN TOWERS REPLACED TODAY BY ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER AND MEMORIAL

TWIN TOWER 9-11

TWIN TOWER 9-11

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