Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Blooming Jonquils of Sugar Hollow

The jonquils are now blooming in the woods along the Moormans River of Sugar Hollow, Virginia. Spring has finally arrived.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Promise of Perfection,

I found this poem in the preface of a genealogy book written in 1907, by W.H. Miller, Richmond, Kentucky. I believe the poem was written by the author's wife, Katherine Oldham Miller (K.O.M.)
Atoms massed, make up the universe.
The many littles make at last the whole;
No man is great, but each created soul has yet within,
the promise of perfection,
The image, and the stamp of the divine.
Adversity may hinder, dwarf and crush,
A chilling frost may blight the budding flower,
And years break down the growing tree of greatness
But, as the cycles roll, each passing life
Bequeaths its portion to a common good.
The generations piling, each on each,
Time writing still prosperity and failure.
And still recording effort and achievement,
And life and death, and shade and shine succeeding,
Bring on the world to that millenial age.
When every hill shall blossom with perfection,
The waters leap and dance for very joy.
And man regenerate stand great and good.
The statue and the fullness of a God.
~~K. O. M.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Happy Birthday Marine Corps

Happy 238th Birthday United States Marine Corps

Formal commemoration of the birthday of the Marine Corps was begun on November 10th, 1921. That date was chosen because it was the date that the Second Continental Congress resolved in 1775, to raise two battalions of Continental Marines. The rest is history.

The Marines performed with honor at the first war proclaimed by our new nation. In 1801, when Thomas Jefferson became president, he refused to accede to the Barbary pirates of Tripoli’s demands for an immediate payment of $225,000 and an annual payment of $25,000. This refusal brought about the first war the United States would fight as a country. The first line of the Marine hymn, “from the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli,” references the 600-mile march across the Libyan Desert of a group of Navy men and others to capture the port city of Derna, Tripoli. It took a concerted effort by England, France, Spain, and the United States to end over four hundred years of Muslim piracy on the Barbary Coast.

Friday, November 01, 2013

Jacobsville First Grade 1947

My first grade class, Jacobsville, in Pasadena, Maryland. That is me, in the second row, fifth from the left. I started first grade here on my birthday, September 4th, 1947.

Magothy Methodist Church
I believe this is the church building that my first grade class used in 1947, 1948, as overflow, or at least it was a building that was on this location at that time, and I believe that the teacher pictured was Miss Webber.

Magothy Methodist Church

Monday, October 28, 2013

Battle of Bristoe Station

October 2013 was the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Bristoe Station in which 2000 men were killed or wounded. The sunlight, wind and temperature were perfect for this picture of a cannon at the Bristoe Station Battlefield Park in Prince William County, Virginia.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Happy Leif Erikson Day

Today, Leif Erikson Day, is an annual American observance which occurs on October 9th, honoring Leif Erikson (Icelandic: Leifur EirĂ­ksson, Old Norse: Leifr EirĂ­ksson or the Norwegian: Leiv Eiriksson), the Norse explorer who led the first Europeans known to have set foot in North America. Leif Erikson 

However ... In reality, it was Bjarne, who was America’s Discoverer in 986 AD. 

Most people have no idea that the first European to discover American was a Barney. They think it was Leif Erikson or Christopher Columbus. When Leif found the coast of America he was following Bjarne’s discoveries. Bjarne, a Norwegian Viking, found what is now New England in 986 AD. He went back to Greenland where his family was living and told his father, Harold, what he had seen. Harold was a member of Erik the Red’s sailing team. Erik the Red then ordered his son, Leif, to go and find the lands that Bjarne had described. The rest is history, and Christopher Columbus ended up getting the credit, as he had a great publicist. Leif came in second place, and Bjarne was forgotten.

Friday, September 06, 2013

Barney's Poker

This is the famous Barney's Poker game that our Barney family loves to play whenever they get together. The proper name is "Seven card high-low, Roll your own, Bring 'em back."

Here are the Rules for Barney's Poker:

  •  1. Deal 3 cards to each player, all face-down.
  •  2. Each player selects one card which is turned face-up. The player with the highest card(s) showing has the opportunity to start the betting round -- else he can check or fold.
  •  3. Deal another face-down card to each player (4 total cards); then each player selects a card to turn face-up; betting as in step 2.
  •  4. Deal another face-down card to each player (5 total cards); then each player selects a card to turn face-up; betting as in step 2.
  •  5. Deal another face-down card to each player (6 total cards); then each player selects a card to turn face-up; betting as in step 2.
  •  6. Deal the final face-down card to each player (7 total cards). Now each player has 3 face-down cards and 4 face-up cards; betting as in step 2.
  •  7. Each player selects the 5 cards which make the best high or low poker hand, and discards the other two. Then he arranges the five poker-hand cards in the order that they are to be revealed to the other players.
  •  8. All players turn up one card and there is a betting round as in step 2.
  •  9. All players turn up 3 more cards -- one at a time -- and betting rounds as in step 2.
  • 10. There is one card remaining face-down. Now each player declares whether he is going for a high hand or a low hand (We always do this by hiding chips in our fists and holding our fists over the table -- no chips for a low hand, one chip for a high hand -- when everyone is ready then all fists are opened and everyone's declaring chips are shown at once).
  • 11. One more betting round, as in step 2 (but see House Rule #4). Then the winning hands are shown.
These are the Barney House Rules for this game and most other poker games:

  • 1. A player cannot check and raise in the same betting round, unless he has called at least once before raising.
  • 2. The lowest hand is Ace-2-3-4-6. (Ace-2-3-4-5 cannot be low, as it is a Straight.)
  • 3. Small flushes and small straights count as high hands, but cannot be used as low hands (i.e., you can't go both ways in Barney's Poker).
  • 4. If one player goes high (or low) and everyone else goes the other way, then that "odd man" player bets first, and cannot ever raise.

200 Piece Poker Set