Did You Know #15

The character of Cliff Clavin on Cheers was an afterthought. John Ratzenberger originally auditioned for the character of Norm, but lost the audition. Ratzenberger insisted that the bar needed a resident “Know-it-all” and the character of the mail carrier Cliff was created.


Soldiers Lessons

Soldiers Lessons

Walls of black granite
Many names upon them
All have ghosts living behind them
Kneeling down, feel the coldness
Look into the reflection Continue reading

Did You Know #14

After graduating from Harvard, Ernest Lawrence Thayer got paid five dollars for his poem “Casey At the Bat”.

Dirt Roads

Dirt Roads

Old Mountain Road
Once traversed both ways
Buggies and carts
With horses pulled
Children laughed and played

Old gray farmer
Worked hard for family and home
Harvested and ploughed
Rocky ground so unrelenting
Back begins to bend with time Continue reading

Did You Know #13

Along with the Bible, a collection of Aesop’s Fables was among the first illustrated books ever printed.

Jasper and the Unbaked Yeast Rolls

This was sent to me by a friend and was too funny not to share!

 We have a fox terrier by the name of Jasper.  He came to us in the
summer of 2001 from the fox terrier rescue program.  For those of you,
who are unfamiliar with this type of adoption, imagine taking in a 10
year old child about whom you know nothing and committing to doing your
best to be a good parent.

Like a child, the dog came with his own idiosyncrasies.  He will only
sleep on the bed, on top of the covers, nuzzled as close to my face as
he can get without actually performing a French kiss on me. Continue reading

Did You Know #12

Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty was originally distrubuted as propaganda by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.