Category Archives: History

Hobbies, Ham radio..

Most people have a hobby or an interest that they enjoy in their off time from work. Some fish and hunt, others go bowling and play pool. I enjoy some of these but I also enjoy my “Ham” radio.
Going back to when I was a kid communications in its many ways was an interest. And looking back now at my age, wow has it changed.
According to history the man most spoken of, recognized as the founder of Ham-Amateur radio was “Marconi”. However it was in premature, early stages due to another man named Telsa. However little really is found in the history books about him. The credit generally lies with Marconi.
Ham was founded in the 19th century. The first amateur radio association book was published in 1909. The term “ham” operator was a pejorative. It was used to describe amateur radio operators in mockery.
Ham radio has gone through its cycles. It has faded to a degree however there are still many loyalists.
Now being in the 21st century,through technology, internet, engineering,etc. it still has a strong hold. Things have been done to make it possible for operators to communicate worldwide from their living rooms. This is done through repeater systems. Many clubs have been formed, weekly on air meetings are conducted. Annual contests are done. Ham radio has many values from the general hobbyist to emergency situations.
I’m a ham operator, and I have a few friends that are also. I simply turn mine on and wait to say hi to an operator broadcasting. Just simple enjoyment for me. One of my best friends is a heavy weight ham. He participates in contests,belongs to organizations. He’s taught me a lot.
So for now everyone 73! ūüôā

ham radio

Mom and Pop stores.

Back in the days, Mom and Pop stores, and of course the local hardware store were a big thing. Every village and town had at least 1, family owned. In the major cities, there was a Mom and Pop store every other city block.
But for many reasons they have faded. However they still exist but not like they use to.
I have always liked the atmosphere of these stores. And they have been a great help to be people who are on limited incomes.
Enclosed please find pictures I have taken of former stores.







042Mom and Pop stores!

A ‘Day of Infamy’


Today marks the 74th anniversary of the attack by the Japanese Imperial Navy on the US of A’s naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared the Monday after the attack:

Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The attack on Pearl Harbor was the oomph that helped push the US into World War II on the side of the Allies. But it was not the only factor, there were many more as well.

Not only did the Japanese launch an attack at Pearl Harbor that peaceful Sunday morning, but that same day attacked Guam, Wake Island, The Philippines, Malaya, Thailand and Midway.

Eventually General Douglas MacArthur would utter the immortal words, “I shall return,” as he fled The Philippines as the Japanese occupied.

Thousands of American sailors and soldiers lost their lives that sleepy morning. Battleships still lie in rest in the harbor, the watery grave for American lives lost.

In recent years, commemoration of Pearl Harbor Day has seemed to fade. Perhaps in part it can be attributed to the fact that more and more of whom Tom Brokaw called, “The Greatest Generation“, die off. The memory of that tragic day begins to fade as well.

An article detailing 5 myths about Pearl Harbor at from a few years ago noted:

The attack on Pearl Harbor awoke America from its isolationist slumber and bolstered its charge into the Pacific war, but it did not spur entry into the European war. That happened when Nazi Germany and fascist Italy declared war on the United States on Dec. 11, compelling Roosevelt to respond in kind – thus committing the United States to a world war.

From the Cornfield, I am hoping those who read this will stop and remember those sailors, marines and soldiers whose lives were lost.

To “The Greatest Generation“, we salute your service, your action and how you kept the world “safe for democracy“.

27th Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination December 5th 2015 Sharpsburg Maryland






My husband and I accompanied my daughter, her husband and my granddaughter to take  in the 23,000 luminaries   representing the soldiers that fell at the  bloodiest battle of the Civil War, Antietam Battlegrounds.

After a two hour wait in the car( we were over a mile away in the line) we finally inched our way to the National Park. The site was surreal, a little spooky and heart breaking.

To understand each of the 23,000 luminaries following a five mile road around the battlefield, represented a fallen or missing soldier was so thought provoking, especially thinking of what our own country is enduring today and fearful it will become worse. 

The countryside is beautiful today…the town of Sharpsburg and the university town of Shepherdstown¬† are much like Harper’s Ferry, gorgeous pre-Civil War houses, quaint shops and restaurants, lovingly kept as if time stood still.

We should always learn from the past, always.

DSCN1471DSCN1511When soldiers of two American armies converged on the peaceful village of Sharpsburg, they transformed the once tranquil farms that surrounded the town into horrific fields of combat. This community would never be the same.

Five days after the guns fell silent, President Abraham Lincoln redefined the meaning of the war when he announced the Emancipation  Proclamation , No Longer was the conflict being waged solely to reunite a divided country, now this war would also be fought to abolish slavery.

As the years passed, the site of the Civil War’s bloodiest¬† single day battle revolved into a place of reflection and national remembrance.

Though the scars of war have faded from the landscape, Antietam National Battlefield remains hallowed ground. It is a place where America forever changed – a place to ponder the meaning of sacrifice and freedom.

We light these candles tonight to honor 23,000 soldiers of the Blue and Gray who were killed, wounded, or reported missing on September 17, 1862

Presented by American Business Women’s Association Hagerstown-Washington¬† County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!

Look at what I was able to pull up thanks to a bookmark I had saved.


I did not realize I had bookmarked this. It was in my unsorted bookmarks in Firefox browser.

I was able to click on each of the link tabs. I could see my followers. My recently viewed was there as well.

Of course when I clicked on explore or main it went to the funky new page which is of no use to most of us. Putting this under History, since iReport as we knew it is now just that – history.