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I’m Sorry

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It’s not you, it’s me.

Or something like that.

When we relaunched this blog in October we had high hopes for where it would take us. But the blog just isn’t going where we thought it would and it’s taking a bit more time out of our daily schedule that we’d like it to. With the holidays coming up it’s just going to be one more source of stress.

We’re not saying we won’t be back. But we’re taking the rest of 2016 to regroup, rethink, and perhaps…perhaps…relaunch in the new year.

Best to all.

Thanks for stopping by.

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On this day in 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state.

It’s National Bundt Day

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Today is National Bundt Cake Day. Based on the traditional European fruit cake nown as Gugelhupf the shape became more common in the 1950s and 1960s when Nordic Are trademarked the name “Bundt.”

Have a favorite Bundt Cake recipe? Share it in the comments.

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On this day in 1832 the first horse-drawn streetcar debuted in New York City. For twelve cents you coudl ride long 4th Avenue between Prince and 14th Streets.

Today is Veteran’s Day

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Veteran’s Day honors U.S. military veterans. November 11 marks the anniversary of the end of World War I when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. Previously known as Armistice Day, November 11 was renamed Veterans Day 1954.

President Woodrow Wilson issued the following message on November 11, 1919:

“ADDRESS TO FELLOW-COUNTRYMEN The White House, November 11, 1919. A year ago today our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities, and gave to the world an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered order and to work out in peace a new and juster set of inter national relations. The soldiers and people of the European Allies had fought and endured for more than four years to uphold the barrier of civilization against the aggressions of armed force. We ourselves had been in the conflict something more than a year and a half. – With splendid forgetfulness of mere personal concerns, we re modeled our industries, concentrated our financial resources, increased our agricultural output, and assembled a great army, so that at the last our power was a decisive factor in the victory. We were able to bring the vast resources, material and moral, of a great and free people to the assistance of our associates in Europe who had suffered and sacrificed without limit in the cause for which we fought. Out of this victory there arose new possibilities of political freedom and economic concert. The war showed us the strength of great nations acting together for high purposes, and the victory of arms foretells the enduring conquests which can be made in peace when nations act justly and in furtherance of the common interests of men. To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with – solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country‚Äôs service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.

Happy Birthday, U.S. Marines

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On this day in 1775, the Continental Marines were established. The United States Marine Corps Birthday is celebrated every year on November 10.

The Continental Marines were established by the Second Continental Congress with the following decree:

That two battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one Colonel, two lieutenant-colonels, two majors and other officers, as usual in other regiments; that they consist of an equal number of privates as with other battalions, that particular care be taken that no persons be appointed to offices, or enlisted into said battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve for and during the present war with Great Britain and the Colonies; unless dismissed by Congress; that they be distinguished by the names of the First and Second Battalions of Marines.

Today is World Freedom Day

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“General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr.Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

President Ronald Reagan speaking at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and challenging Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev to destory the Berlin Wall.

The wall fell on November 9, 1989.

In 2001, President George W. Bush declared November 9 to be “World Freedom Day” to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe.