May 1944 (1)

Pacific Paratrooper

Japanese gun on Ponape Island Japanese gun on Ponape Island

1 May – Ponape (Pohnpei) Island was bombarded by the battleships of the 5th Fleet and supported by carrier aircraft.  Numerous buildings, the seaplane base and the wharf were destroyed.  The Air Force TF-13 hit Woleai and Eauriprik Atolls, all in the Caroline Island group.

On New Guinea, 180 B-25s, A-20s and fighters of the 5th Air Force hit the Wewak and Hansa Bay areas.  Airfields, villages, antiaircraft gun positions, barges and offshore islands were bombed.

Location of Jaluit Island Location of Jaluit Island

4-15 May – a US naval and air base were established on Majuro Atoll in the Marshalls.  Six days later, the naval base on Eniwetok island operational.  On the 12th, naval air bases were up and running at Ebeye and Roi-Namur, in the Kwajalein Atoll.  During 13-14 May, land-based bombers heavily attacked Jaluit in the Marshalls.

Today - an IMEJ-battleship rusts slowly in the Jaluit Lagoon. Today – an IMEJ-battleship rusts slowly in the Jaluit…

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Downbeat’s 25 for the Future: Matthew Stevens // 10 //

Jazz You Too

An exuberant, optimistic look at the future, that’s how Downbeat Magazine introduced a fantastic list of musicians for the future in its JULY issue.

Matthew Stevens is ready to present all his ideas, fearlessly he will move forward facing harmony and melody.

Matthew Stevens Quintet


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Chop Chop Chopstick

The Inspiration Shots

iPhoneOgraphy – 30 Jul 2016 (Day 212/366)

Chopsticks are shaped pairs of equal length sticks that have been used as the traditional ancient kitchen and eating utensils in virtually all of East Asia for over six thousand years. Chopsticks were first used by the Chinese and later spread to countries, through cultural influence or through Chinese immigrant communities, such as Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Nepal as well as in areas of the United States, especially California, New York, Hawaii, and cities in Canada and Australia with Chinese communities. Chopsticks are smoothed and frequently tapered, and are commonly made of bamboo, plastic, wood, or stainless steel. They are less commonly made from gold, silver, porcelain, jade, or ivory. Chopsticks are held in the dominant hand, between the thumb and fingers, and used to pick up pieces of food.

The English word “chopstick” may have derived from…

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Mona Lisa must have had the Highway Blues …

The Immortal Jukebox

‘The Mona Lisa must have had the highway blues – you can tell by the way she smiles’ (Bob Dylan)

Ah, The Mona Lisa. La Gioconda. Leonardo Da Vinci. Lisa Gherardini.

There is a fascinating post to be composed concerning the artistic, cultural and historical significance of the most famous painting in the story of art.

A painting of enormous influence which has beguiled artists, scholars and the public for more than 500 years.

Such a work would have to pay proper attention to; the signifance of the Renaissance in Florence, the relationship between secular and sacred art, the role of patronage in an artist’s life and the thorny subject of the role of the male gaze in the representation of women throughout the ages.

I wish the author of such a study well.

For my part, although I have an abiding interest in art history I must confess that…

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PINspiration Friday

2 Classy Sisters

Rachel’s Picks

1)  I love this outfit! The shoes are gorgeous, I think either have that exact pair in a different color or something very similar.  The skirt is so pretty. I love the pattern and the color. I have multiple skirts this length already but I just can’t get enough of them!

2) It may still be July but I am already getting excited about fall clothes. I really like the color of this fall sweater especially paired with those boots.

3) This whole outfit is perfect! I especially love the heels, I like how they are a bit chunkier. I think the dress would be great for a date night or a dressier event.

Michelle’s Picks

1) I love wearing simply, comfy shirts like this one.  A lot of times I have trouble finding the perfect v neck tee though.  I like v neck tees that aren’t see through at…

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