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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Some are watching it from the wings


It looked like someone stretched pink gauze across the sky.


Stained glass.


Stained glass.


No wind.


No wind.


Somebody should bottle this and sell it in January.

* The Time That Washington Burned. (Thanks, Rich Miller.)

No one expected that the British infantry would march 50 miles inland to storm the capital. It was too far off, and they would have to slog through woods and dense thickets and brush to achieve their goal. No one even knew their target. There was speculation that they might swing toward Baltimore, Annapolis, or even sites further south.

* Gripping: Polish armour holds SS counter-attack at Mont-Ormel

A lull. We were not short of things to trouble us: the major had been hit in the chest by a shell splinter. We had exhausted our rations, there was scarcely half a bottle of water left per man; ammunition was scarce! Suddenly, over on our left, we heard the sounds of numerous tanks moving! The Canadians! At last! We looked for the green flares. Nothing! We came down to earth: they were German tanks advancing on us.

* 1953: Another St. Louis Summer:

The smellscape, also unmitigated by air-conditioning, was different, too. The heat and humidity would distill the pungent aromas of the fermenting hops in the breweries into an olfactory miasma that settled like a fog over the city. Adding to this yeasty mix were the St. Louis National Stockyards, whose thick, loamy, gamey smells—ripening manure, blood, rancid fats from the slaughterhouse—filled your nostrils. Breathe deeply and you recoiled as the stench hit the bottom of your brain, a reptile memory suddenly brought alive.

* 1922: Sangamon County history: Modern highways got start here:

The experimental road originally was divided into 63 sections ranging from 100 to 250 feet each. Twenty-two sections were brick, 17 asphalt and 24 concrete, “several thicknesses of each type being used … so that the capacity of each section, measured in terms of weight and number of trucks, will be plainly obvious.”

* Beautiful: Businessman donates time, talents to restore stained glass at Oak Ridge.

* Some are standing in the center, giving to get something...

Posted by Marie at August 24, 2014 8:48 PM