Hyde Hall, Cooperstown, New York

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Hyde Hall Cooperstown New YorkThis  is  Hyde  Hall  near  Cooperstown,  New  York.

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Beauty of unwanted birth

Perspectives on Life, the Universe and Everything

when the pen of a poor poet
or a singer singing on the road
create flowers with
the most amazing smell
the most beautiful colour
fruits and berries
melting in the mouth
soothing all senses
past, present, all tenses
in a random unthought verse
unseen in the whole universe
even by the divine itself
she declares that
her unintended mission
to create humanity with
all its faults and absolute horrors
is accomplished
because of that moment,
unwanted children
became princes of the universe
for a random unthought verse
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Why Do Some Parts of New York Have So Many Subways While Others Have None?

Penney Vanderbilt and KC Jones: All About Railroads

In a word: history

by JOSH FRUHLINGER

Village Voice

The New York City Subway is the lifeblood of the city, yet it seems perpetually embroiled in crisis; though it’s currently caught in a terrible backlog of deferred maintenance, the city can’t function without it, as the mounting panic over next year’s L train shutdown makes clear. Yet as a circulatory system, it leaves certain limbs significantly undernourished. Why was there only one line for the whole East Side of Manhattan until the Second Avenue line finally opened last year? Why does the G train wind so lonely and awkwardly from Brooklyn to Queens? Why are the Downtown Brooklyn lines such a chaotic thicket of difficult transfers, while other densely populated parts of the borough, like East Flatbush, are devoid of service?

The answers are embedded in the subway’s historic origins. While you may know that the subway opened in 1904…

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Eye Witness Account to Okinawa

Pacific Paratrooper

This story was contributed by fellow blogger, Mike Tuggle, in tribute to his father, who sailed his final voyage this past Saturday.

My account of the Invasion of Okinawa

By:  Clayton C. Tuggle

I was one of the approximately twelve hundred men aboard the USS Birmingham CL-62. We set out for Okinawa in March, 1945.

Clayton Tuggle

Arriving in Okinawa, we were stationed about five miles from shore. We bombarded the island with 6-inch guns at night hitting several ammunition dumps and shore guns of several sizes. This went on until the invasion began on April 1, 1945. This battle was something entirely different from any the Navy had experienced. Torpedoes were exploding all around our ship, the skies were full of explosions from guns on both sides.

On the 5th of May, 1945, I was cleaning officers’ quarters when the captain [John Wilkes] came on the PA system…

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1 April 1945 – Okinawa

Pacific Paratrooper

Okinawa invasion map

Codenamed Operation Iceberg, this was a major battle of the Pacific War fought on the island of Okinawa by U. S. Marine and Army forces against the Imperial Japanese Army.

The United States created the Tenth Army, a cross-branch force consisting of the 7th, 27th, 77th, and 96th infantry divisions of the US Army with the 1st, 2nd, and 6th divisions of the Marine Corps, to fight on the island. The Tenth was unique in that it had its own tactical air force (joint Army-Marine command), and was also supported by combined naval and amphibious forces.

On this day in 1945, after suffering the loss of 116 planes and damage to three aircraft carriers, 50,000 U.S. combat troops of the 10th Army, under the command of Lieutenant General Simon B. Buckner Jr., land on the southwest coast of the Japanese island of Okinawa, 350 miles south of…

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Ghosts: A Haunted Bed!

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Readers, this is one item you won’t want to bring into your home – read on for more eerie info!  From Charlene at the excellent Paranormal Hauntings blog.

In 1998, Jane Fishman, a reporter for the Savannah Morning News, began a series of articles about a possibly haunted antique bed in the home of Al Cobb of Savannah, Georgia. 575 more words

via Creepy True Tale Tuesdays – The Haunted Bed? — Paranormal Hauntings

For more ghosts and other scary things, please see https://www.amazon.com/Jan-Olandese/e/B071FK9L75

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Mount Macolod, part I

Pacific Paratrooper

Mount Macolod, Luzon, P.I. Mount Macolod, Luzon, P.I.
The 11th Airborne, by 4 March 1945, had captured Ternate and the following day, some of the troopers were put into a new light. There were no airdrops and no amphibious landings. They used native outrigger canoes to land themselves on Saipang Island where the enemy was using machine-gun fire on the troopers. It was mandatory for that machinery to be eliminated. Therefore, at dawn, the canoes moved out. The paratroopers behaved like natives, but fought like soldiers and the small island outpost was cleared of Japanese.

On 8 March, the Australian newspapers reported that the 11th A/B captured Calatagan and Balayan and then advanced thirteen miles east to seize Lemery.

When General Swing moved into the stripped-down Manila Hotel Annex, General Krueger began to visit him every other day. His competitive nature tried to get Swing to back-off from pushing into Manila first by saying…

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