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My son also pointed this out to me. George Sr. Remember Desert Storm? Does anyone remember the little building where Bliss Brothers sold ice cream before they built the restaurant? Sounds like y'all could use a laugh, so here goes: Several years ago, when the IRS changed it's EIC to give more to families with more than one kid, my Dad and brother-in-law were discussing the tax break. My 5-year-old neice was listening in on the conversation and after a spell went running with tears streaming down her face to inform my sister of what she heard.

She Iris says me and Mitchell are worth a bunch but she won't pay extra for Coley"! Can't tell ya how hard my sister and I laughed while trying to explain what was really going on to a 5-year-old who thought she was being sold off to the highest bidder! Yes, I'm another one who started my education at Tiffany School; however, it looks like it was a long time before most of you that are sharing memories. I started in the first grade there in Young was the principal.

Yes, some of us are still sitting upright and smiling at those memories. My family and friends' experiences with "Morsies" did not include the truck drivers. We lived on Dale Avenue in Attleboro, and our side of Morse Sand and Gravel was great little ponds to ice skate on and in summer the guys would skinny dip. Tthere were actual ledges where they hung a rope and jumped down into the water. It is a wonder none of us broke out necks. Well, that's enough from the little old lady in California.

Keep those memories coming - and I don't mind the political stuff. I work for the Department of Defense. Fun to see what people on that side of the country think.

Ted Kennedy

As usual, "attvet yahoo. So to "attvett yahoo. Morse Sand and Gravel brings back a lot of memories. I know they were very helpful in keeping Nichol Avenue clear the winter of '' Mom was on bed rest with pregnancy number 9 and was rushed numerous times that winter to Sturdy due to complications. We also have another very vivid memory of MS and G. One day a bunch of us kids were playing out in our yard and the next thing we know a couple of kids with guns were being chased down Nichol Avenue from the playground by a small pick-up from Morse Sand and Gravel.

I guess the kids had been shooting over there and got caught. Anyway, the truck came barreling up Nichol Avenue and the kids with guns I'm guessing they were BB or pellet guns go running through about 12 kids that are playing in the yard back into the woods toward Thurber. The guys from MS and G were screaming and very angry. But the angriest person ended up being my mother who went through the roof when she realized what had happened.

The truck chased the kids and I have no idea if they were ever caught. At that time Thurber Ave was full of woods not many house lots, unlike today. The woods would not have been easy to get through with a pick-up. Boy oh boy, my mother let MS and G have it. I can remember to this day Glen Lawton yelling at the top of his lungs, Hey, everyone hit the deck. We all dropped to the ground and laugh about it to this day. Nancy, do you mean my sister Dana? She would have gone to Finberg Elementary. I see you live in Westerly now.

Small world isn't it? OK, a subject change. It was supposed to come right up Tampa Bay with a 15 to foot storm surge which would have put me and this computer about 5 feet under water. I know what some of you are thinking now, be kind. In doing so, it reduced the damage and death toll by missing Tampa Bay but devastated the good and decent folks an hour and a half to our south.

Though less populated, etc. Fire stations and police stations and even supposedly safe shelters are no more. Businesses are gone.

Schools are closed. Electricity is only just creeping back on. Phone service is nil. Even cell phone use is scarce since towers are down. People are living in buildings deemed uninhabitable. Shelters are everywhere and volunteers and volunteer agencies and FEMA are doing their best to help these poor souls. Lest we forget, "Charley" was not through after it came inland.

It then cut a swath upstate through many counties, doing it's damage along the way. Thus, my niece and her family and my sister-in-law in the Punta Gorda area suffered damage, as did my year-ld aunt in assisted living in the Daytona area. All are well, thank God. All are in fine spirits and are moving on to help others as well as get themselves back on track. If any of you have been near a Florida landfall hurricane, you will agree when I say those of you who have not should hope you never are. Having lived through hurricanes and hurricane threats in new England most of my life, I never have experienced what a warm water category 4 or 5 is capable of 'til now.

It is no fun.

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It is horrible. It is hell on earth. We shall evacuate in short order without argument should this happen again. Please pray for the good folks who were affected and help in any way you can. Thank you. I see that you are all still present and accounted for. One of my greatest memories about growing up in Wrentham was the Rev. It was with great fondness that I remembered him as I read that he went home to be with the Lord. He was Thinking back to things that he said and taught, I know that he planted seeds in my life that blossomed later. God put him in my life for a reason, and I thank Him for that.

He was a great tennis player, and I was never good enough to play with him, but after the Resurrection, it will be nice to have a game with him on even footing. He was a very special and unique man. His sermons still ring in my heart today. His voice was unique and booming. He spoke with incredible conviction! One time, we forgot to turn his microphone on, and nobody could tell! The first time I ever spoke in church, it was at his prompting. I was 10 years old. He had me do a reading.

It was Romans Chapter 1. I remember because at 10 years old, it was very hard to say the words "sexual immorality"! He loved righteousness and hated iniquity. He encouraged me to serve, and I am grateful for his influence in my life. Today, I am a pastor myself, although not in the Catholic church. He was part of the training in the way that I should go, and I am grateful to God for his influence in my life. God bless, Joe. Kerry can't escape the truth about his Swift Boat years …,oops, months, so he is claiming the Bush campaign is backing the ads put out by other Swift Boat veterans aimed at his lying and traitorous acts, deeds and testimony before Congress as a mouthpiece for Jane Fonda and the VVAW.

In short, he can't hide the truth anymore so it is Bush's fault. What a giganitc lowlife. Commander in Chief??? God help us all …. Did anyone besides Spit and I go to Tiffany School? My favorite teachers there were Ms. LaFontaine, Mrs. Combs and Ms. Does anyone know what happened to these teachers? They were the best. Sad that Tiffany school is now apartment units. I have such wonderful memories of going to school there. OK all but first grad … that was the worst year, but that school only went up to 4th grade, so I had three excellent years.

Field day at Capron Park was pretty excellent. Still have my blue ribbons for the egg run and potato sack race. The music concerts we did were the best, and Flag Day was so meaningful. Sad that my own kids don't have these wonderful songs sung in their schools anymore. I have taught them to my kids and hope they will pass them on to their own. I didn't find any info at the library on this wonderful old school. If anyone knows where to find history on this old school, let me know. Thank God the greatest ice cream place I went to as a kid is still around!

Bliss Brothers Dairy!! I took my children there and they loved it! The people there where wonderful and they still have the window where you can watch the ice cream being made. I loved school trips there, you knew a free ice cream cone of whatever flavor was awaiting you at the end of the tour. Also, to K. I think I was in your sister's Dee Dee class. Tell her hi for me! Hey, Gilda, I remember Taunton well. We were from Attleboro but my mom's family was from Berkley.

Every Christmas eve we'd go to my Polish grandparents for dinner and gifts and then on the way home Daddy would go through downtown Taunton. They had such a beautiful Christmas display. Was in massachusetts in July showing my grandkids where I grew up and of course it included a trip to Taunton and Berkley where my sister lives on the old family farm. My grandson said, "Ninna, this looks like a good place to be a kid.

New England is still the best place to be a kid!! Keep those great memories coming. We may not be certain of our future, but one thing for certain is that we sure have some great memories of our past! Hi, Maryann! Glad to see your entry among the other unavoidable entries in here. What a great story about what a family means.

Stand up for each other and help each other out when in time of need! They sure would fly around the corner on the bridge over the Ten Mile River. We lived right there on the corner. All day long - everyday - they would fly to and from! In the summer when our windows were open, mom would have to dust everyday because of the trucks! My brother Steve and I would go shoot bottles with his BB gun down in back of the sand pits. Oh, what fun we had! My story doesn't come close to yours, Maryann … but it brought back memories.

Is this Web site ever gonna go back to being the interesting spot it used to be with people sending out hellos to each other and chatting about the good old days? I mean if we wanted to hear all this political mud-slinging we could just turn on the 6 o'clock news. Where are the local stories? It used to be interesting, but not anymore. It really doesn't matter who gets elected; life goes on and not much will change. To Rich, and any other Florida contributors to the Guestbook: hoping all fared well during Bonnie and Charlie. It was devistating to those people in Punta Gorda.

We can only imagine. MaryAnn, enjoyed your piece on Morse Sand and Gravel. A nice change from all the other stuff on this site. Everyone, have a wonderful day! Bush should have gone after S. That is what it sounds like to me. Please don't try to say you are NOT implying it either, that would be weak.

Oh, I get it, you just want to point out how wrong all Republicans are and how wonderful the Clinton gang and all Democrats are. Hmmm, Democrats do something, it is all good, Republicans do something,all bad. Boy, your head is heavy … open up your mind. The bay did make it to my back door, stopped an inch from going in. TX Tue August There is an error in the Aug. A second major event took place after the Gulf War when George H. Bush was in office. John clearpoint. I am sure any president would count on them for guidance, before making any military decision. Didn't mean to start any conflict in here.

Let's let the people in here enjoy their memories. Texas Sat August I have a story to share about Morse Sand and Gravel, or maybe it's more about a brother standing up for his little siblings. It would have been about I was 7 and I had two younger sisters and two older brothers. The truck stopped and out jumped a 6'2", pound driver. He told Steven "I'll be back for you after work. The driver said ,"Yes sir," got back in his truck and drove very slowly down the road. That driver never did go over 25 miles an hour 'round our corner again!

I then heard my dad ask Steven, "Weren't you afraid he'd hurt you? Rich, I don't much care for your opinions but I have been hoping that you are OK down there in Florida. Tell us how y'all are fairing. On another subject: We made it through the storm that was supposed to come straight up Tampa Bay and down our throats. Good for us it made that dramatic right turn which was only "called" by VIPER and ignored by most officials. Included in that group is my sister-in-law who is widowed and she rode it out in her home all alone. She said it was horrible but she felt her home was strong enough to take it.

We spoke to her yesterday but have not been able to contact her yet today. If any of you have lived through a hurricane threat in Florida, you will agree when I say it is no fun. When they predict an foot storm surge up Tampa Bay into the downtown area, that is some scary stuff. Anyhow, we are safe and will now try to contact my sister-in-law again. Take care, all. I'm with Bill on this one. Nothing will change no matter who gets in! Politics have become a national soap opera for people like Rich and John to engage in never-ending pissing contests over.

The fact is that the "system" is flawed no matter who is elected. Do you really think anything will change much no matter who gets elected? What big changes will take place for common people like us? Rich, talk about mincing words! How about if I say, "People who think like Rich Howard are complete idiots. I am not saying you are an idiot, after all.

If you actually read what I wrote, you will see that I did not in any way "mince words and lead people to believe I Rich said YOU spit on vets. You have been watching too much propaganda on Fox TV. I don't know where you got the idea that I had to respond to every one of your inane pronouncements either. Look, Rich, you're going to vote for Bush unless he gets caught in bed with Michael Jackson and even then you'll blame it on Clinton. You can ramble on all you want, but I agree with Jan from Taunton, this is getting boring. Does anyone have any stories to share about "Moresy's sp?

Morse Sand and Gravel during the '50s and '60s? It has been interesting to read all the arguments lately. I didn't know what that was until a couple of years ago when a former Marine told me. I saw my dad in a different light. He was the bravest man I ever knew. He cut his foot on a coral reef and nearly lost it, but because he wasn't "in battle" he refused his Purple Heart. Wars are full of these kinds of incidents. There are many more men out there who probably got Purple Hearts that for non-battle cuts and scratches who should have turned them down.

Who are we to determine the measure of a man? A scratch to some is nothing to others. Fear is a powerful thing. It can overtake us in a heartbeat and we don't realize it until it is gone. I have no respect for John Kerry. He is two-faced. I have little respect for George Bush because of what he did to John McCain in the primary race before the last election. Now, regarding Bill Clinton, the coward should have gone into Iraq when Saddam Hussein performed genocide against the Kurds. That is when we should have done something!

Instead he let S. If you are angry at anyone, be angry at the coward who dodged the draft and became commander-in-chief! Only in America!!!! This site has become a real strain to read. I thought it was all about "Hey, how are ya? Remember this and that? It's a pity! Okay, first of all, I never said John Owen spat on anyone.

I said "people who think like John Owen. Also he is the one who made the Vietnam-Iraq comparison, not me. Also if our so-called allies had joined this fight with us before we went to Iraq, maybe this would all have been over with by now. So, John, you want it both ways. You are a vet lover who brought supplies but you want us to turn our back on everyone who needs us because it is G. Most importantly, you have tried to mince words and lead people to believe I said YOU spit on vets.

I never said that and you know it. Find a program, John, and get with it. Stop flopping around. Was there any truth in my last entry? You pick a spot and ZOOM. But then again you have always done just that. And please, John, say some of these things mano a mano.

Like the rock thing for instance or the "cementhead" thing …. Rich, you have a nasty habit of telling us what other people think and you make up things that they might say. I have always found that stupid and annoying, but when you put words in my mouth you are going way over the line. When you say people who think like me spit on returning Vietnam vets you reveal you own failing grip on reality and your willingness to lie and distort the truth to make a point. Did you not read that I brought supplies to the soldiers in Vietnam? Did you miss the point that most of them were munitions?

Does that suggest to you that I was far from being a vet-hating peacenik? I was from the economic group that sent its sons to Vietnam and many of my friends served there. I have always had the greatest respect for them. Time for you to crawl back under the rock. I agree with John Owen in that some Nam vets felt betrayed by the government and the way it ran that war. He failed to point out that they were betrayed by Democrat Lyndon Johnson. Yes, the war was not fought to be won because it was run by President Johnson and Kennedy before him. It was a long war and had "stages. It began with volunteers going over such as Special Forces and ended with regular G.

It was a mess, a civilian mess. It has very little bearing on Iraq. The facts remain that S. John Owen does not think that entails mass destruction. No less than retired General Tommy Franks explains it just that way in recent interviews here in the Tampa area. He is disgruntled that WMD has not been a "big find" but points out that when we do find sarin gas shells, the media glosses over it.

Sarin gas is a WMD, folks. But again, John Owen, I guess, thinks just leave people like S. Of course, that was before the election came up. Now they all flop to become peaceniks on top of being socialists because G. And whatever G. Way to support the leadership, John …. To: "o nlybugsy sbc. Enlisted U. Army Aug. Entered basic training Oct. Basic and second 8 training Fort Dix, N. Shipped out to overseas replacement depot, Oakland Army Terminal, Calif. Trained in P. Trained extensive jungle training and jungle survival training. Operated as insurgent enemy during one such exercise which was kinda cool.

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My Succulent Sally. What gives? By the time you reach retirement age and your bones can't take the cold any more, Florida will start looking pretty good. The Grief Keeper is a tender tale that explores the heartbreak and consequences of when both love and human beings are branded illegal. We were so thrilled to host local bestselling author Jennifer Weiner for the release of her first young adult fiction book The Littlest Bigfoot. I think you are related to Kathy Machado who married Tom Kelliher, correct? Canada would be in an even stronger position today if the Conservatives had not squandered so much public money before the crisis and thrown it around so irrationally afterwards.

Ended up filling VietNam quotas from Dept. Seperated from active duty 12 Oct, with a permanent grade of SP5 E5 and transferred to Enlisted Reserve for next three years. Honorable Discharge Oct. Lost beloved brother-in-law in VietNam during Tet in Feb. My brother also served four years in U. His sister served as woman Marine during war. My uncle served U. Army in WWII. Another brothe- in-law retired U.

Several nieces and nephews all served tours in Marines and Air Force. Just a whole bunch of normal duty from me and many others. Just like thousands of other families. Nothing fancy but all willing to serve and go and in some cases die. I am sure many others have much more vivid stories to tell. Yep, Howard. Just like you. Can't see it, can ya? The 'ill will' was directed at your PC delivering your run-on garbage.

Hey, when was your and W. Look them up under "chicken hawk" on the Web. And George W. Most people my age were in no rush to go to Vietnam. The problem as I see it, is when these same people are eager for war today and willing to send someone else's child to fight it. And talking tough, like you know who. Sorry for all the postings, but you asked. Dan, thanks for the link to Vietnam Veterans against John Kerry.

Here's a quote from Sen. Sampley, and I know him to be one of the most despicable people I have ever had the misfortune to encounter. I consider him a fraud who preys on the hopes of family members of missing servicemen for his own profit. He is dishonorable, an enemy of the truth, and despite his claims, he does not speak for or represent the views of all but a few veterans.

The many veterans I know would think it a disgrace to be considered a comrade or supporter of Ted Sampley. I think Rich jumped the gun a bit about not getting through. He did and I responded to him. To satisfy your curiosity, Mike G. When I was 21, I did, however, voluntarily go to Vietnam as a merchant seaman a civilian job on a ship with 4, tons of explosives. We delivered caliber rounds and beer interesting combination to Cam Rahn Bay which is north of Saigon and south of Da Nang. We were escorted into the harbor by helicopters and gunships as it was common for Viet Cong to lob mortars at the ships.

We delivered other munitions to Thailand and from there, US planes dropped them on people in Vietnam — not a nice thought from the perspective of all these years. I don't know why this would matter to you but there it is. I had a high lottery number , I think and was never drafted. While I was not exactly against the war at that time, I was not about to enlist. On another track, although a lot of people seem to have a clouded memory of those days, I remember the Vietnam Veterans Against the War and, believe me, they bore no resemblance to Jane Fonda despite what Rich says.

They were not flower-carrying peaceniks. Most of them were combat-hardened soldiers who were full of anger at the government and leadership who they felt had betrayed them and their fellow soldiers — a scary bunch. Read about Vietnam and you will see that the situation bears much resemblance to Iraq. Welcome back to the Guestbook, Rich, long time no see.

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Before I comment on Mr. Owens and Mr. Howard, I would like to ask them about their time in service and what branch of service. So, John Owen, you think the military does not, on occasion, give out dubious Purple Hearts. On that subject, please read Stephen Ambrose's book, "D-Day" in which you will find a story about Cpl. George Ryan of the 1st Inf. An officer doctor was asking all wounded to gather around him for treatment. Ryan held up his hand and said, "How about this, Major? Ryan looked around and said that that would be kinda unfair. Guys are all shot up and have lost limbs and all I have is this little hand wound.

He refused treatment and rejoined the battle. You see, if he accepted treatment he would have been given a Purple Heart which he did not think he deserved. Please research and see if I am making this stuff up. Many feel Kerry abused Navy regulations regarding his wounds and his Purple Hearts.

Many feel he used that obscure regulation in order to cut short his duty tour. Thus leaving his shipmates behind to fight on. Many also feel his bravery medals are suspect. If he would admit to this or prove them wrong, many would respect him for it. Instead he now spins all of that into being this great war hero in order to help him gain the presidency. On top of which, he did return to join a subversive movement that disrespected his fellow veterans and his country's flag and it's government. He did this while our guys were still in prison camps in N. He did besmirch those same medals you say he earned in glory.

He did write a book besmirching all of the above. By doing so he disrespected every soldier who served, got wounded, got captured or lost their life in Nam. You keep pounding on Bush but he did none of those things. At least Clinton fessed up to being a draft evader at the convention.

Being a draft evader is less of a gaff than being an outright Hanoi Jane type turncoat. Further on the subject of Purple Hearts: I once knew of an M. He was sitting on a toilet, one with the overhead tank, when an explosion outside the building shook the tank which fell and injured his shoulder.

He got a Purple Heart for a combat-related wound. You can think what you want, say what you want and post what you want, but calling me names and insinuating that I disrespect the efforts and decorations of soldiers is barking up the wrong tree. I fully respect every soldier, war or peace time, I even respect the M. I do NOT respect anyone who "spins" his enemy-loving actions into meritorious service for his own gain. Many brave souls did not get medals that they deserved and many do get them under dubious circumstances.

No one said the system is perfect. From what I hear, I do not know how Kerry can look himself in the mirror. Remember the high ranking Navy officer who was up for Secretary of the Navy or some such high post not so long ago? He was accused of wearing a ribbon he did not earn and he committed suicide over it. Maybe that was an overreaction, but that is what it meant to him to have unwittingly besmirched the uniform. I wish you would stand in front of me face to face and say the things about me disrespecting brave soldiers that you did in the Guestbook.

Once again I have attempted to respond to John Owen through his e-mail. Once again it failed to go through, even though he has assured me in the past that it would go through. Rest assured I have a response and if I cannot get it to him that way, I will post it here in the Guestbook. Wow, Terry, no ill will in your entry huh? Must be your well-intentioned love for your fellow man that you talk about, no matter what their views are, right?

Rich, I had no idea that our military gave out "phony Purple Hearts. In case you didn't notice, you just insulted every soldier who has ever won a Purple Heart. It infuriates you to think that Clinton is a draft dodger but you are fine with the fact that Bush's cabinet is full of them, including those chickenhawks, Cheney and Wolfowitz. Frankly, I don't care who served where but it is irritating to see people like you claim that Kerry's serving in Vietnam was less meaningful that Bush's serving in Alabama. Your opinions would get more respect if they were based on logic instead of your tired, old prejudices.

No, John Owen, you are not alone. It was really nice for almost a month not to have to scroll over Howard's hate-spewing garbage. I was hoping his PC finally choked on it. More's the pity …. Dear Rich: I'm so glad you are back! You have been missed and the summer Guestbook has been so boring! How's your summer been in FL? How's your family doing? Never heard back from you on how your year-old niece made out with her illness.

Pray all is well. Keep in touch and take care. Democrats, Republicans, left-wingers, right-wingers. These labels are part of the reason why I avoid any involvement with the US political system. A political party affiliation should not precede a candidate's ideas. Individuals have ideas, not groups. In the beginning, a candidate's ideas would be endorsed by a group, organization or political party. The ideas would give the party purpose. Now it's the other way around. When one affiliates with a group, organization or political party, they inevitably take on all of those associated labels that go with it.

The two-party system of government is like a perpetual duel that has both combatants standing in their tracks staring at each other, while the audience taxpayers wait and watch for something good to happen, hoping that one or the other will remember who they are representing and for what purpose. When I called a local politician to voice my concern about school spending practices, although subtle, eventually the subject of my party affiliation came up in the conversation. I asked what that had to do with my concerns, for which I was told "nothing," and that he just wanted to know "who he was talking to.

Bush, Kerry, Cheney, Edwards. Do any of them have good ideas that can help the citizens of this country? That's all I care about. Poor John Owen, I guess the truth hits home. You want me to talk about Bush's military record? I don't see any phony purple hearts in it. I don't see any tratiorous actions in it. In other venues, I don't think he ever killed a girl and got away with it. I can't remember him making a movie designed to spew hatred of an American president and not telling the whole story.

Kerry, Kennedy, Clinton, H. Clinton, to name a few, all made statements that Iraq had WMD and all agreed we had to do something about it.

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Now they say it is all G. Get real ,John Owen. And don't tell me I hate someone when I clearly only hate their socialist thinking and their spin of reality for their own gain. Is that bad? In Clinton I see a draft dodger. In Kerry I see a person who has never worked a day in his life, but knows how to choose his monied women, who turned his back on his fellow veterans and his country and his ill-earned medals and whose own shipmates pretty much despise.

Many people chose many ways to either evade the draft or to serve on the fringe of the real combat forces. I see nothing wrong with serving but not in combat. After all, thousands do just that. But to serve and then to abet the enemy cause after you have cut short your duty and left your shipmates using obscure Navy Regs, to your advantage, that is downright dirty. Dirtier yet is, years later spinning your service into an act of duty and heroism to gain the White House is abhorrant.

Reagan, Bush Sr. Your gay marriages, your abortions, your over-the-top social welfare programs, your open-door immigration policies, your rampant release of prisoners to act again and again, your destruction of religious beliefs in America, to name a few, are my reasons to devote my energies to re-elect George W. Rich Howard, aren't you the guy who complains about "Bush bashing"? Instead of spewing your hatred for Democrats, why don't you tell us about George Bush's military record, or what he has accomplished as president? Frankly, I am tired of all of the hatred that comes out of right-wingers like you and I'm not alone.

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It has yet to be shown. Was there a problem with it? Are you waiting untill the timeliness wears off? What gives? Too anti-Kerry? Exposed Teddy K. Made Clinton look silly? Too critical of Michael Moore and his dumb-ass movie? Or are you just short of help? The Lynxmaster responds: Short of help. Read on, Rich, some people missed you. History buff alert: Looking for a bizarro food-related contest that requires no cooking? French's Mustard wants to know how you saved history in your community.

Yes, you read correctly French's has a partnership with The History Channel. Some "saving history" examples might be how you cleaned a local park, saved an old building from demolition or volunteered at a museum. Savings Bonds. Deadline is Dec. For centenarians: If you were born in or earlier and your name is Jack, you're eligible for a replica of the gold medal Jack Daniel won in for the "World's Best Whiskey.

To commemorate his contribution to the world, Jack Daniel Distillery is asking all folks named Jack who were around in to contact it before the end of this year. Bourbon history buffs know that Jack Daniel's real first name was Jasper, but back in those days, Jack was a common nickname for Jasper. So year-old Jaspers a rarer variety are included in the Gold Medal giveaway. According to the latest U. Census figures, approximately 10, men years old or older are alive in the U. And there must be a Jack or two among those men, since John Jack is often a nickname for John was the most popular name in So Clinton says Kerry said, "send me.

Now I am off to join Hanoi Jane and her subversives. Tell the whole story, Bill. By the way, what did Hillary whisper in your ear during that hug? Bush drove an innocent girl into a tidal pool and left her to drown or something. Get a grip, Teddy. You are what is known in corporate America as a blocker. Step aside and let some youth into that Senate of yours. Go have a Dewars and dream of what might have been if only you could have stayed sober. And Michael Moore saying G. Does he know what Clinton and Gore and Hillary and Kerry etc. Check it out Mikey, you may have to make another movie.

Funky John, digital tourist from Texas, was here. Found your Web site while on an occupational vacation surfing while at work. My quest is to find a way out of my cube without becoming destitute. Cool Web site, like your Guestbook. Hello, all, just returned from a weeklong trip to Attleboro and the surrounding area. So much has changed yet so much remains the same. The people of Attleboro are still as warm and welcoming as usual. The roads still feel safe to drive on. The weather compared to our degrees still feels like heaven! Friendly's clam plate is still the best.

Went to Onset beach and the salt air still smells good. Visited old Finberg elementary. It all comes rushing back … Mr. Bradshaw standing on the corner stopping traffic for the kids to cross the street. Mosley, Miss Silva, Mrs. Maclentic, Mrs. Yuknis, Mrs. Holbrook and Mrs. Those were the days when teachers were extensions of our parents. Where they were allowed to give a hug for a job well-done, and a swat for misbehaving.

We always felt safe and loved and it felt like the teachers and Mom and Dad were all on the same page. Went by the Dodgeville pool, and paid Mom a "visit" at St. Stevens cemetary. Driving up Thurber Avenue I saw a couple of kids out with their mom selling lemonade at 10 cents a cup. Just had to stop and use the same line I heard many times on the corner of Locust and Oakhill when we sold lemonade, "Sorry I don't have anything smaller than a dollar so just keep the change! Yes, Attleboro has changed but I don't think in a bad way. Attleboro is and will remain the home of my childhood memories and like any city, it isn't all always glamorous but to the people who call it "home" it is still a pretty special place.

I just came across this site. Man, reading through the Guestbook brings back so many memories of the park, the stores, the Twin Village pool, and so many other places we all went to as kids. Life was so different then. Thank you ,everyone, for giving me a chance to stroll down memory lane! I have heard a lot about Japanese hair straightening recently. Maybe you should do a story about it. Is the store Suzy Creamcheese still around?

She used to outfit Cher. I visited the store in We are coming back to Vegas this year and I wanted to visit again. Any info, please let me know. Hi Everyone. Brian: No I'm not related to them. Stephen's Cemetary. Just imagine how shocked they will be come winter and all the plows are scheduled for a spring deployment.

Before my father gives everyone a lecture, let's remember that the pool was the Twin Village pool because both communities of Dodgeville and Hebronville worked together, raised money and as a community built the pool together. Atwood realized she wanted to write professionally when she was sixteen. She graduated in with a Bachelor of Arts in English honours and minors in philosophy and French. In , Atwood married Jim Polk, an American writer; [14] they divorced in Although she is an accomplished writer, Margaret Atwood claims to be a terrible speller.

Atwood's first book of poetry, Double Persephone , was published as a pamphlet by Hawskhead Press in , winning the E. Pratt Medal. Atwood's first novel, The Edible Woman , was published in As a social satire of North American consumerism, many critics have often cited the novel as an early example of the feminist concerns found in many of Atwood's works.

Atwood also published three novels during this time: Surfacing ; Lady Oracle ; and Life Before Man , which was a finalist for the Governor General's Award. By interest in Atwood, her works, and her life were high enough that Maclean's declared her to be "Canada's most gossiped-about writer. Atwood's literary reputation continued to rise in the s with the publication of Bodily Harm ; The Handmaid's Tale , winner of the Arthur C. I decided not to put anything in that somebody somewhere hadn't already done. While reviewers and critics have been tempted to read autobiographical elements of Atwood's life in her work, particularly Cat's Eye , [31] [32] in general Atwood resists the desire of critics to read too closely for an author's life in their writing.

Atwood's reputation as a writer continued to grow with the publication of the novels The Robber Bride , finalist for the Governor General's Award [20] and shortlisted for the James Tiptree Jr. Award , [38] and Alias Grace , winner of the Giller Prize , finalist for the Booker Prize , [39] finalist for the Governor General's Award , [20] and shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction.

As Atwood noted about The Robber Bride , "I'm not making a case for evil behavior, but unless you have some women characters portrayed as evil characters, you're not playing with a full range. In Atwood published her tenth novel, The Blind Assassin , to critical acclaim, winning both the Booker Prize [43] and the Hammett Prize [44] in The apocalyptic vision in the MaddAddam Trilogy engages themes of genetic modification, pharmaceutical and corporate control, and man-made disaster.

We can see far enough into the future to know that we can't go on the way we've been going forever without inventing, possibly, a lot of new and different things. The story is a retelling of The Odyssey from the perspective of Penelope and a chorus of the twelve maids murdered at the end of the original tale. The Penelopiad was made into a theatrical production in The book was released in anticipation of the lectures, which were also recorded and broadcast on CBC Radio One 's Ideas.

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In March , Atwood accepted her first chamber opera commission. In Atwood began writing the superhero comic book series Angel Catbird , with co-creator and illustrator Johnnie Christmas. The series protagonist, scientist Strig Feleedus, is victim of an accidental mutation that leaves him with the body parts and powers of both a cat and a bird. So it's not that I imagine them, it's that I notice that people are working on them and I take it a few steps further down the road. So it doesn't come out of nowhere, it comes out of real life. She thinks that readers will probably need a paleo-anthropologist to translate some parts of her story.

It's like Sleeping Beauty. The texts are going to slumber for years and then they'll wake up, come to life again. It's a fairytale length of time. She slept for years. In early , while on the paperback tour in Denver for her novel Oryx and Crake , Atwood conceived the concept of a remote robotic writing technology, what would later be known as the LongPen , that would enable a person to remotely write in ink anywhere in the world via tablet PC and the Internet, thus allowing her to conduct her book tours without being physically present. She quickly founded a company, Unotchit Inc. By , Unotchit Inc.

Atwood's contributions to the theorizing of Canadian identity have garnered attention both in Canada and internationally. Her principal work of literary criticism, Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature , is considered somewhat outdated, but remains a standard introduction to Canadian literature in Canadian studies programs internationally.

In Survival , Atwood postulates that Canadian literature, and by extension Canadian identity, is characterized by the symbol of survival. According to this literature, Canadian identity has been defined by a fear of nature, by settler history, and by unquestioned adherence to the community. Atwood's contribution to the theorizing of Canada is not limited to her non-fiction works. Atwood continued her exploration of the implications of Canadian literary themes for Canadian identity in lectures such as Strange Things: The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature Among her contributions to Canadian literature , Atwood is a founding trustee of the Griffin Poetry Prize , [76] as well as a founder of the Writers' Trust of Canada , a non-profit literary organization that seeks to encourage Canada's writing community.

Atwood's work has been of interest to feminist literary critics, despite Atwood's unwillingness at times to apply the label feminist to her works. Some people mean it quite negatively, other people mean it very positively, some people mean it in a broad sense, other people mean it in a more specific sense. Therefore, in order to answer the question, you have to ask the person what they mean. Those are not positions I have agreed with", [82] a position she repeated to The Irish Times. She has been criticized for her comments surrounding the MeToo movement , particularly that it is a "symptom of a broken legal system.

Atwood has resisted the suggestion that The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake are science fiction, suggesting to The Guardian in that they are speculative fiction instead: "Science fiction has monsters and spaceships; speculative fiction could really happen. It contains no intergalactic space travel, no teleportation, no Martians. In , Atwood said that she does at times write social science fiction and that The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake can be designated as such. She clarified her meaning on the difference between speculative and science fiction, admitting that others use the terms interchangeably: "For me, the science fiction label belongs on books with things in them that we can't yet do Margaret Atwood repeatedly makes observations about the relationship of humans to animals in her works.

In Surfacing , one character remarks about eating animals: "The animals die that we may live, they are substitute people And we eat them, out of cans or otherwise; we are eaters of death, dead Christ-flesh resurrecting inside us, granting us life. Marian stops eating meat but then later returns to it. In Cat's Eye , the narrator recognizes the similarity between a turkey and a baby. She looks at "the turkey, which resembles a trussed, headless baby.

It has thrown off its disguise as a meal and has revealed itself to me for what it is, a large dead bird. Atwood has indicated in an interview that she considers herself a Red Tory in what she sees as the historical sense of the term, saying that "The Tories were the ones who believed that those in power had a responsibility to the community, that money should not be the measure of all things. Atwood has strong views on environmental issues, and she and Graeme Gibson are the joint honorary presidents of the Rare Bird Club within BirdLife International.

Atwood celebrated her 70th birthday at a gala dinner at Laurentian University in Sudbury , Ontario. She stated that she had chosen to attend the event because the city has been home to one of Canada's most ambitious environmental reclamation programs: "When people ask if there's hope for the environment , I say, if Sudbury can do it, so can you. Having been a symbol of desolation, it's become a symbol of hope. In her dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale , all the developments take place in the United States near Boston, while Canada is portrayed as the only hope for an escape.

To some this reflects her status of being "in the vanguard of Canadian anti-Americanism of the s and s. Activists, dressed in red cloaks and white hats as described in The Handmaid's Tale , lobby and protest in order to bring awareness to politicians and laws that discriminate against women and women's rights.

The novel Surfacing was adapted into an eponymous film , written by Bernard Gordon and directed by Claude Jutra. The novel The Handmaid's Tale has been adapted into several eponymous works. Season two premiered on April 25, , and it was announced on May 2, , that Hulu had renewed the series for a third season. In , six of Atwood's short stories were adapted by Shaftesbury Films for the anthology television series The Atwood Stories.

Atwood's Massey Lectures were adapted into the documentary Payback , by director Jennifer Baichwal. The novel Alias Grace was adapted into an eponymous six-part miniseries directed by Mary Harron and adapted by Sarah Polley. In the Wake of the Flood released in October , a documentary film by the Canadian director Ron Mann , followed Atwood on the unusual book tour for her novel The Year of the Flood During this innovative book tour, Atwood created a theatrical version of her novel, with performers borrowed from the local areas she was visiting.

In January , it was announced that Paramount Television and Anonymous Content had bought the rights to the trilogy and would be moving forward without Aronofsky. Atwood holds numerous honorary degrees e. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Margaret Atwood. Atwood at the Frankfurt Book Fair. University of Toronto Harvard University. Historical fiction speculative fiction science fiction dystopian fiction. Jim Polk m.

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Governor General's Literary Awards. Retrieved February 5, Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. Margaret Atwood 2nd ed. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press. Maclean's The Complete Archive. Retrieved February 4, Arthur C. Clarke Award. April 21, New York: Anchor Books. The New Yorker. Margaret Atwood: Once in August Documentary film.

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