Rose

The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being. She said, ‘Hi handsome. My name is Rose.. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?’I laughed and enthusiastically responded, ‘Of course you may!’ and she gave me a giant squeeze..

‘Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?’ I asked.

She jokingly replied, ‘I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids…’

‘No seriously,’ I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.

‘I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting one!’ she told me.

After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake.

We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this ‘time machine’ as she shared her wisdom and experience with me..

Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.

At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I’ll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, ‘I’m sorry I’m so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know.’

As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, ‘We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing.

There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day. You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die.

We have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it!

There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up.

If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight.

Anybody can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change. Have no regrets.

The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets..’

She concluded her speech by courageously singing ‘The Rose.’

She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives. At the year’s end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those months ago.

One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep.

Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it’s never too late to be all you can possibly be.

 

ON MY SOAPBOX….Tomorrow…It Ain’t Just Another Day


WRITTEN BY: SHEILA TOLLEY

 

Throughout our careers, we have all enjoyed long holiday weekends. Remember, we would say, “We will have a little R&R” meaning Rest and Relaxation?

Aren’t we lucky that holidays always fall on Monday so we can take advantage of that 3 day weekend stretch? Obviously, they were not always planned that way.

George Washington went through his entire life celebrating his birthday on February 22. People my age will remember when the calendars had George Washington’s Birthday printed on that little square. In the late 1960s congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. That changed George Washington’s birthday to the third Monday in February. They also changed the name of the holiday to President’s Day.

I am sure  congress will eventually get around to changing Jesus’ Birthday since they have no problems to solve, right? It will become Divinity Day celebrated on the third Monday in December. Our congressional Muslims will love to see the word CHRISTmas removed from our calendars. The Monday belonging to Memorial Day is peeking around the corner. Do you wonder how that day of celebration started? 

In 1868, Commander in Chief John A. Logan of the grand Army of the Republic issued what was called General Order Number 11, designating May 30 as a memorial day. He declared it to be “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land.” Where do you suppose that first Memorial Day took place?

The first national celebration of Memorial Day (originally Decoration Day) took place May 30, 1868, at Arlington National Cemetery. The national observance of Memorial Day still takes place there today, with the placing of a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the decoration of each grave with a small American flag. The holiday has changed a bit since it first began, which some argue was even earlier than Logan’s dedication.

Southern women decorated the graves of soldiers even before the end of the Civil War. In 1866, after the war, a women’s memorial association in Columbus, Mississippi, put flowers on the graves of both Confederate and Union soldiers. This act of generosity inspired the poem by Francis Miles Finch, “The Blue and the Gray,” published in the Atlantic Monthly. Federal law changed the observance of the holiday to the last Monday in May and extended it to honor all those who died in American wars. People pay tribute not only with flowers but also with speeches and parades.

I revere Memorial Day. I hope everyone in Tolley’s Topics Readerland has safe celebrations on Memorial Day. Enjoy your old fashioned R&R. Will you do me a little favor?

Tomorrow….try a serving of another kind of R&R….Respect & Reflection….to honor our many Americans who…GAVE THEIR ALL… for us. 

 

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Simulation TNG50: A Galaxy Cluster Forms
Video Credit: IllustrisTNG Project; Visualization: Dylan Nelson (Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics) et al.
Music: Symphony No. 5 (Ludwig van Beethoven), via YouTube Audio Library

Explanation: How do clusters of galaxies form? Since our universe moves too slowly to watch, faster-moving computer simulations are created to help find out. A recent effort is TNG50 from IllustrisTNG, an upgrade of the famous Illustris Simulation. The first part of the featured video tracks cosmic gas (mostly hydrogen) as it evolves into galaxies and galaxy clusters from the early universe to today, with brighter colors marking faster moving gas. As the universe matures, gas falls into gravitational wells, galaxies forms, galaxies spin, galaxies collide and merge, all while black holes form in galaxy centers and expel surrounding gas at high speeds. The second half of the video switches to tracking stars, showing a galaxy cluster coming together complete with tidal tails and stellar streams. The outflow from black holes in TNG50 is surprisingly complex and details are being compared with our real universe. Studying how gas coalesced in the early universe helps humanity better understand how our Earth, Sun, and Solar System originally formed.

Tomorrow’s picture: unexpectedly red rays

The Blue And The Gray

Hailed as a national classic from the moment of its publication in 1867, this poem by Francis Miles Finch, is perhaps the most touching and expressive of all the “reconciliation poems” written after the War’s end. It was inspired by the following brief news item, which appeared in the New York Tribune:

“The women of Columbus, Mississippi, animated by nobler sentiments than many of their sisters, have shown themselves impartial in their offerings made to the memory of the dead. They strewed flowers alike on the graves of the Confederate and of the National soldiers.”

 

By the flow of the inland river,
Whence the fleets of iron have fled,
Where the blades of the grave-grass quiver,
Asleep are the ranks of the dead:
Under the sod and the dew,
Waiting the judgment-day;
Under the one, the Blue,
Under the other, the Gray.

These in the robings of glory,
  Those in the gloom of defeat,
All with the battle-blood gory,
  In the dusk of eternity meet:
      Under the sod and the dew,
        Waiting the judgment-day,
      Under the laurel, the Blue,
        Under the willow, the Gray.

From the silence of sorrowful hours
  The desolate mourners go,
Lovingly laden with flowers
  Alike for the friend and the foe:
      Under the sod and the dew,
        Waiting the judgment-day,
      Under the roses, the Blue,
        Under the lilies, the Gray.

So, with an equal splendor,
  The morning sun-rays fall,
With a touch impartially tender,
  On the blossoms blooming for all:
      Under the sod and the dew,
        Waiting the judgment-day,
      Broidered with gold, the Blue,
        Mellowed with gold, the Gray.

So, when the summer calleth,
  On forest and field of grain,
With an equal murmur falleth
  The cooling drip of the rain:
      Under the sod and the dew,
        Waiting the judgment-day,
      Wet with the rain, the Blue,
        Wet with the rain, the Gray.

Sadly, but not with upbraiding,
  The generous deed was done,
In the storm of the years that are fading
  No braver battle was won:
      Under the sod and the dew,
        Waiting the judgment-day,
      Under the blossoms, the Blue,
        Under the garlands, the Gray.

No more shall the war cry sever,
  Or the winding rivers be red;
The banish our anger forever
  When they laurel the graves of our dead!
      Under the sod and the dew,
        Waiting the judgment-day,
      Love and tears for the Blue,
        Tears and love for the Gray.

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THE SPHINX—TRAINS

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Who propped a door open ? Why ?  This requires an explanation.  Don’t they have alarms ?  Something is not right in this shooting.

https://www.normantranscript.com/cnhi_network/uvalde-shooter-entered-school-through-door-that-had-been-propped-open/article_fb106518-3f30-5320-b5d1-514281d72b5f.html

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Let’s send Liz to CNN or MSNBC, where she will be comfortable.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/05/26/donald-trump-to-hold-rally-with-harriet-hageman-to-oust-liz-cheney/

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Heroes are around.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/27/cbp-officer-jacob-albarado-runs-into-uvalde-school-with-barbers-shotgun-to-save-daughter/

https://www.breitbart.com/border/2022/05/26/exclusive-police-initially-lacked-ballistic-shield-needed-to-reach-barricaded-texas-school-shooter/

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Schools have become sex businesses.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2022/05/26/oh-good-now-we-have-teachers-asking-students-how-comfortable-they-are-about-gra-n2607850

How long does it take to find the leaker ?  Are Nancy and Schiff hiding the person like they did Vindman ?

https://apnews.com/article/supreme-court-leak-investigation-gail-curley-48623ac2a3bafe36f39bbf5f68257dbf

The Democrats are excellent on gas and baby formula.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/05/25/gas-prices-increased-by-over-47-cents-in-last-month-alone/

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If I remember correctly Wisconsin is a sanctuary state that will let the teacher’s union chemically turn boys and girls into sexual freaks.

https://www.nationalreview.com/news/wisconsin-threatens-to-revoke-school-counselors-teaching-license-for-railing-against-gender-ideology/

Nebraska Football ditches another tradition.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/26/university-of-nebraska-football-putting-balloon-tradition-on-hold-due-to-helium-shortage/

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California is a sickening story.  Maybe when Pigleosi returns for good she and her nephew Newsom can FIUW.

https://dnyuz.com/2022/05/25/california-approves-new-water-restrictions-amid-worsening-drought/

Oklahoma is not OK with most abortions.

https://redstate.com/smoosieq/2022/05/25/oklahoma-now-has-the-nations-strictest-abortion-law-n570095

Kevin could get a job on CNN.

https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2022/05/26/kevin-spacey-to-face-uk-court-four-counts-of-sexual-assault-against-three-men/

New Yorkers protect a slimy rat.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/26/rat-causes-chaos-at-nyc-dog-park-in-hilarious-viral-video/

Tiny robots have been developed to insert into the brains of dems to see what is wrong.

https://www.studyfinds.org/robotic-crab-smallest-ever/

Patricia should be released as a trustee to work in the Governor’s Mansion.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/27/charles-manson-follower-patricia-krenwinkel-recommended-parole-by-panel/

Anyone who supported Judge Jackson to the Supremes has no place in public office.

https://redstate.com/jenniferoo/2022/05/27/paul-ryan-for-president-2-n570828

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This could also be used for Presidential Burnout.

https://www.theonion.com/signs-you-are-experiencing-parental-burnout-1848914168

https://townhall.com/

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Biden asks, what inflation ?

https://babylonbee.com/news/oh-no-congress-approves-40-billion-to-ukraine-but-due-to-inflation-its-already-worth-only-30-billion

https://thefederalist.com/

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The Casey Jones Editor:  What’s up with trains, LL ?

Toot Toot Cat:  We haven’t looked at trains for a while.  This is one of the first ones I linked.

The Trans-Canadian railroad trip or Orient Express would be fun.

https://canadarail.ca/canadian-train-tours/trans-canada-tours/

Don’t get on a train with Richard Kimble.

Muddy Waters and more.

https://sonichits.com/video/Muddy_Waters_%26_Memphis_Slim/John_Henry?track=1

https://sons-of-liberty.fandom.com/wiki/John_Henry?file=John_Henry_and_the_Railroad_-_Action_Short_Film_-_Omeleto

https://maxhunter.missouristate.edu/songinformation.aspx?ID=1053

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