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Journalist who writes about Supply Chain Management, travel, railroad history and ice hockey

Pathway to paradise

Perspectives on Life, the Universe and Everything

Today was the day
when all was supposed
soon to be disposed,
worldly belongings
worries, longings,
deep slumber
is just so near,
eternal rest
with certain fears
of unknown,
insidious, grown,
scares, multilayers,
do not spare
raw nerves,
notice has been served
it is time,
sleep now
wake up to
reality new
after the end,
soul renews
seeing on the other end
long lost relations, friends,
smiling, waving,
beautiful green,
doorway alluring,
pathway near,
cross without fear
spilling emotions,
unable to bear,
home forever,
uncontrollably cry
a beloved’s kiss,
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Sandwiches – The American Quick Fix!

Miss Back In The Day USA

The Story of the Sandwich

( (“Big sandwiches are trendy.”)

Would you believe that Americans eat more than 300 million sandwiches a day? That’s right, every day we consume about as many sandwiches as we have people to eat them. And why not?

The sandwich might be the perfect food: portable, open to any interpretation and as simple or as elaborate as the mood permits. (toasted. triple deck ham sandwich with mayo and lettuce) (toasted. triple deck ham sandwich with mayo and lettuce)

The sandwich has a long history, but it hasn’t always been as embraced in America as it is now. It’s hard to imagine, but the sandwich was once thought of as a symbol of a colonial past that most patriotic Americans wanted to forget. (toasted grilled ham and cheese with egg and chiles)

The sandwich as we know it was popularized in England in 1762 by John Montagu, the 4th Earl…

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Serendipity - Seeking Intelligent Life on Earth


From Paula:

This is the only Black & White Sunday this month, and I decided that it should be Traces of the Past (the recurrent photo challenge on this blog). Here is one of the most beautiful landmarks of Northumberland – the famous Bamburgh Castle. The day I took this photo it glistened nicely in late, golden sunlight, but for this opportunity I decided to show it in silvery tones i.e. in black and white.


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By the Mighty Mumford

Janel Mithani drew,

and painted a fairy review….

Flowing dresses

With no bustle stresses,

Crenillin and magic will do!

Most are in soft pastels,

For fairies don’t stay among themselves…

Thus if seem

They’ll be fashionable dreams,

In designs visible by Janell!

Light fabrics so rare,

Fairies float lighter than air…

Fairy wings

Glisten in these things,

And sprites show an appreciative stare!

–Jonathan Caswell

A fairy fashion poem!!

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HBO- Documentary: Dissociative Identity Disorder

Art by Rob Goldstein

This HBO documentary is one of the most informative documentaries I’ve seen on Dissociative Identity Disorder, though it does use the outdated term ‘Multiple Personality Disorder”.

If you are curious about how DID looks in life this documentary is worth watching.

And if you want to see the blatant stigma attached to mental illness, read some of the comments beneath the video.

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Sad Sack is an American comic strip 

Miss Back In The Day USA

Harvey ComicsFirst appearance Yank, the Army Weekly #1 (June 1942)

Created by George Baker

Sad Sack is an American comic strip and comic book character created by Sgt. George Baker during World War II. Set in the United States Army, Sad Sack depicted an otherwise unnamed, lowly private experiencing some of the absurdities and humiliations of military life. The title was a euphemistic shortening of the military slang “sad sack of shit”, common during World War II. The phrase has come to mean “an inept person” or “inept soldier”.[1]

Comic strip

Originally drawn in pantomime by Baker, The Sad Sack debuted June 1942 as a comic strip in the first issue of Yank, the Army Weekly. It proved popular, and a hardcover collection of Baker’s wartime Sad Sack strips was published by Simon & Schuster, Inc. in 1944, with a follow-up, The New Sad Sack (1946). The original…

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