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Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day

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Day is done, gone the sun,
From the hills, from the lake,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.

Go to sleep, peaceful sleep,
May the soldier or sailor,
God keep.
On the land or the deep,
Safe in sleep.

Love, good night, Must thou go,
When the day, And the night
Need thee so?
All is well. Speedeth all
To their rest.

Fades the light; And afar
Goeth day, And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well; Day has gone,
Night is on.

Thanks and praise, For our days,
‘Neath the sun, Neath the stars,
‘Neath the sky,
As we go, This we know,
God is nigh.

Taps, by Gen. Daniel Butterfield

Grandpop_and_Bumpa

Ben Klishis WWII

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor Day

Textile Mills

ChildrenSpinning

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millgirl

Landscape

Factories

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Fields

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Triangle Shirtwaist Factory

Triangle-Fire

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Chimney Sweeps

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Mining

Come all of you good workers,
Good news to you I’ll tell
Of how the good old union
Has come in here to dwell.

youngminers

My daddy was a miner
And I’m a miner’s son,
And I’ll stick with the union
‘Til every battle’s won.

Breaker boys working in Ewen Breaker Mine in South Pittston, Pennsylvania, 10 January 1911, from a 1908-1912 series on...

They say in Harlan County
There are no neutrals there;
You’ll either be a union man,
Or a thug for J. H. Blair.

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Oh workers can you stand it?
Oh tell me how you can.
Will you be a lousy scab
Or will you be a man?

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Upper Big Branch

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child labor today 4

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Just a reminder what we’re celebrating today.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday

Just got back from a lovely hike in the woods, and as happens when I hike, I think about things.

Today, one of the things I was considering was the term “Black Friday.”

The other “Black” day of the week that came immediately to mind is:

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That’s pretty much the opposite of Black Friday.

So… English is weird.

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Labor Day

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory

Triangle-Fire

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Chimney Sweeps

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Textile Mills

ChildrenSpinning

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Landscape

Coal Mines

youngminers

They say in Harlan County
There are no neutrals there

Breaker boys working in Ewen Breaker Mine in South Pittston, Pennsylvania, 10 January 1911, from a 1908-1912 series on...

You’ll either be a union man
Or a thug for J.H. Blair

child-miners

Farmington-Mine-Disaster-smoke

monongah-mine

sago

Upper Big Branch

Today

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child labor today 2

child labor today 3

child-labor_idp_2

child labor today 4

Just a reminder what we’re celebrating today.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

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Ben Klishis WWII

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory

Triangle-Fire

triangle3

Chimney Sweeps

childsweep2

Textile Mills

ChildrenSpinning

girl-working-at-cotton-mill-P

Landscape

Coal Mines

youngminers

They say in Harlan County
There are no neutrals there

Breaker boys working in Ewen Breaker Mine in South Pittston, Pennsylvania, 10 January 1911, from a 1908-1912 series on...

You’ll either be a union man
Or a thug for J.H. Blair

child-miners

Farmington-Mine-Disaster-smoke

monongah-mine

sago

Upper Big Branch

Today

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child labor today 2

child labor today 3

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child labor today 4

And that is why, despite all the disappointments, I remain a Democrat.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

If 2014 hasn’t been going so well for you, here’s your chance for another reboot, with the Year of the Horse.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas to All

Adeste fideles læti triumphantes,
Venite, venite in Bethlehem.
Natum videte
Regem angelorum:
Venite adoremus Venite adoremus Venite adoremus
Dominum.

Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine
Gestant puellæ viscera.
Deum verum, genitum non factum.
Venite adoremus Venite adoremus Venite adoremus
Dominum.

Cantet nunc ‘Io’, chorus angelorum;
Cantet nunc aula cælestium,
Gloria! Soli Deo Gloria!
Venite adoremus Venite adoremus Venite adoremus
Dominum.

Ergo qui natus die hodierna.
Jesu, tibi sit gloria,
Patris aeterni Verbum caro factum.
Venite adoremus Venite adoremus Venite adoremus
Dominum.

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Wie treu sind deine Blätter!
Du grünst nicht nur zur Sommerzeit,
Nein, auch im Winter, wenn es schneit.
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Wie treu sind deine Blätter!

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Du kannst mir sehr gefallen!
Wie oft hat nicht zur Weihnachtszeit
Ein Baum von dir mich hoch erfreut!
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Du kannst mir sehr gefallen!

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Dein Kleid will mich was lehren:
Die Hoffnung und Beständigkeit
Gibt Mut und Kraft zu jeder Zeit!
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Dein Kleid will mich was lehren!

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day

Thank you, to those who have served, who are currently serving, and to their families.

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Ben Klishis WWII

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Thank you.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Weekend Ramblings: Bridge Day

This is the third year we’ve going to Bridge Day. For some reason I didn’t feel much like watching the base jumpers, but that’s not really the best part of Bridge Day–I love standing on the bridge looking out over the New River Gorge Canyon. It’s a stunning, amazing view.

Here’s a picture of the bridge from the Visitor Center platform. If you look at the bigger picture, you can see the rappelling lines.

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In this one, you can see the rappelling lines and the zip line.

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(I made notes in Flickr, to point out these lines if you can’t see them.)

Stairs from/to the visitor center to the viewing platform. Michael counted and there were 130.

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A view from the bridge–you can see how foggy and overcast the morning was.

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A nice gentleman took our picture for us:

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Labor Day 2013

Girls working in a box factory

Child Labor in the United States

Farmington

the reported injury and illness rate for meatpacking was a staggering 20 per hundred full-time workers in 2001

…OSHA administrators and independent researchers have found a common corporate practice [in the meatpacking industry] of underreporting injuries of all kinds. One recent estimate puts the undercount of nonfatal occupational injuries across industrial sectors as high as 69 percent.

Coal miners

[Massey Energy] amassed more than 1,100 violations in the past three years, many of them serious. Federal regulators even ordered parts of the mine closed 60 times over the past year.

Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

1911 Triangle Factory Fire and the 146 people, many of them teenage and young women, who lost their lives.

Christ Church Mass Grave

The median personal income from farm work and other work sources combined was between $5,000 and $7,500.

Chimney Sweep

 

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

July 4, 1776

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IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
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Monday, July 1, 2013

July 1st

Today kicks off the week-long celebration across North America of MY BIRTHDAY!

Today, Canadians celebrate, while in the United States the celebration will be held on Thursday–We can’t have ALL workers in North American off on the same day–the economy would suffer I’m certain.

This day is also celebrated by my friend Kathy, as well as my secret twin, Sarah!

As you can see by this picture, Sarah and I were clearly separated at birth:

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Kathy isn’t an internetty-type person, so no pictures of her.

Now, you’ll have to excuse me, I’m off to celebrate this holiday in the traditional manner: going to restaurants and caging free desserts.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Celebrating 150 Years of West (by God): Mis-Stated

On Thursday, June 20th, West Virginia turns 150 years old.

As someone who grew up here, I tend to be (extremely) defensive about the state.

Here are some of the reasons why: these are things I regularly saw when growing up.

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I know, you don’t get it. Let’s try a couple close-ups.

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I grew up knowing that the people who made kids’ maps couldn’t be bothered to accurately represent my state.

“Panhandles? No one’ll notice if they’re missing! Just make it a weird shaped blob and stick it in there. It’s not like anyone’ll care!”

Why was this so maddening? Because we also grew up with this:

Go to about 9 minutes if you want to see what I’m talking about, though of course, the Pride of West Virginia is always worth watching.

And if you’re wondering why the stands are empty on the east side of the stadium, it’s because this was for the high school Band Spectacular, not a game.

And just for the hell of it, here’s a video of the band from 1978.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day

From this weekend:

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Thank you, to all who served.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Dictator Valentines

Someone posted this on Facebook yesterday, and I couldn’t stop giggling.

Dictator Valentines

Let us be comrades
Because you are great!

(snicker)

See also: Dictator Valentines

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veterans Day

Thank you, to those who have served, who are currently serving, and to their families.

Cave WWII

Cave WWII

Cave WWII

Ben Klishis WWII

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Thank you.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Día de los Muertos

Today and tomorrow are the Days of the Dead, a time for remembering those who have died.

I’ve lost quite a few loved ones in the past couple years, so I’m going to take these two days to remember funny stories, and I offer this place to gather to remember your own loved ones who have died in recent years.

The easiest funny stories for me are those of Grandmom. She had no qualms about being silly and ridiculous, which is something I try to remember–what is dignity worth when you could instead be making someone laugh?

Grandmom & Lily

Here’s a Grandmom story, that seems good for today.

When her older sister, Sophie, died, she helped her nephew deal with the arrangements and went to the funeral home with him.

We’d arrived at her house while she was still out with her nephew, and when she came in, she was laughing at herself–apparently, many things she thought ridiculous had transpired, and they were coming home, she thought to herself, “I can’t wait to call Sophie and tell her this!” She then realized what a ridiculous thought that was and couldn’t help but laugh at herself.

I think that’s the best lesson for me to remember–if you try really hard, you can almost always find something to laugh at.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

I don’t feel like dressing up this year, but I still love Halloween.

I hope the bad weather doesn’t keep my three expected trick-or-treaters away.

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Monday, September 3, 2012

Labor Day

Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland

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