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TEXAS REMEMBERS VIETNAM


The Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument was approved by the Texas legislature in 2005 to honor Texans who served in the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War.  The 14-foot tall monument will be dedicated on the Capitol grounds in Austin on March 29, 2014.

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Replica of the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument

Currently a scale replica can be seen on the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay as part of the Texas Vietnam Heroes visiting exhibit.  The display also consists of 3,417 hand-embossed personalized dog tags representing the Texans who died while serving the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War.

The interactive exhibition pays tribute to and educates the public about the sacrifices of Texans in Vietnam.  Each hero is remembered by name, rank, branch of service, home of record and date of his loss.  Black tags represent the Texans who are still Missing in Action. .

A set of identical dog tags will be entombed in the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument as part of the monument to honor all Texans who served in Vietnam.

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The Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit can be seen until March 24, 2014 on the USS Lexington Museum. Nicknamed “The Blue Ghost,” it is open daily and located on North Beach in Corpus Christi, Texas.  For more information go to www.usslexington.com.

The USS Lexington is a floating museum.

The USS Lexington is a floating museum.

For more information on the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument go to www.buildthemonument.org.

Here is a video from that website featuring Joe Galloway, author of “We Were Soldiers Once…and Young.”

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RED THREAD OF LOVE


An invisible red thread connects those destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance.  The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break.”  - Ancient Chinese Proverb

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY TO ALL!

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HIPPIE PLEDGE


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I found this pledge via the blog Russell Ray Photos and wanted to use it.  One of the comments was that it was an old hippie pledge, if so, it is still a good pledge today.  My thanks to Russell for sharing it.  He has a great blog showcasing his excellent photos that often feature Southern California and a cat named Zoey.  Peace and love to all!

HAPPY NEW YEAR


MAY THE GOOD THINGS OF LIFE

BE YOURS IN ABUNDANCE

THROUGHOUT THE COMING YEAR!

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Thanks to all who have taken the time to visit my blog in 2013.  

You have encouraged, informed, challenged and inspired me every day!

Cheers!

The Coastal Crone

POEM FOR A COLD DAY


WINTER RAIN

Cold rain covers the city,
dampening every street and soul.
Gulls are earth-bound,
wet feathers puffed to warm them.
Sky and water are diffused
into variegated gray.
Traffic complies
and respectfully slows.
Will we remember all this
in the heat of July?

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The first time I saw the black and white billboard I thought it was a campaign against the deadly combination of guns and drugs.

GUNS AND DRUGS
Nichols Guns/Nichols Westwood Pharmacy

When I read it closely I discovered that it was simply an advertisement for a business.  Really!  Walk into this store and you can have your prescription filled on one side and then walk to the other side and purchase a gun.  Out back is a shooting range.  If you transfer a prescription or bring in a new one, you get a free hour on the shooting range.  Is there a connection between guns and drugs?

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Guns can save lives.  Drugs can save lives.

Guns can kill.  Drugs can kill.

Guns can be harmful if misused.  Drugs can be harmful if misused.

Guns can be legal or illegal.  Drugs can be legal or illegal.

The use of guns is controversial.  The use of drugs is controversial.

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Only in Texas would the idea of buying guns and drugs in the same shared space seem logical!

You can check them out on their respective Facebook pages – Nichols Guns and Nichols Westwood Pharmacy.  A local college English professor, John Crisp, calls it the new normal in his column:  http://www.indianagazette.com/news/opinions/commentary-onestop-shop-for-guns-and-meds,18704255/

What do you think?


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Cover of “Travels With My Aunt,” by Graham Greene,The Folio Society edition with introduction by John Mortimer

Henry Pulling, the main character in Graham Greene’s 1969 novel, “Travels With My Aunt,” chose to travel to Paris with his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta.  The book begins in London at the funeral/cremation of Henry’s mother, Aunt Augusta’s sister.  He had not seen her since he was a child. Graham Greene, author of darker novels – “The Power and the Glory” for example – actually had a lighter side to him as displayed in this funny novel.  Check out two of my posts, Graham Greene and the Anglo-Texan Society  and Next Year in London!

Henry, who never married, had retired early from a bank due to bank take-over and spent  his days quietly cultivating dahlias.  When Aunt Augusta invites him to travel with her first to Brighton and then to Paris and Istanbul via the Orient Express, he accepts.  Henry is rather shocked at his aunt’s frank attitude toward sex at her age and is not sure if what she carries across borders in her luggage is legal.  Travel on the Orient Express awakens Henry’s passion when he meets an unconventional young woman.

Oh, yes, before they set out on their travels, the police take away the urn containing the ashes of Henry’s mother because they suspect it may contain a strong mixture of cannabis. The adventures end in Paraguay.  It is pure entertainment all the way!

Illustration by John Holder

Henry, Aunt Augusta and Wordsworth -Book illustration by John Holder

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