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May 25, 2009

Newsletter 05/25/2009

Filed under: newsletter — seniorgeek @ 6:48 pm

Memorial Day and the 3day holiday for most of us is over and the beginning of summer is unofficially here. I hope you took time to day to remember the fallen soldiers that helped make and keep the USA a great place to live and honor. At 3:00PM today NASCAR stopped the race and shut all the cars off for 1 minute to pay tribute to our fallen heroes. What a great sport NASCAR. What did the professional ball sports do? Nothing. One more thing, NASCAR is the only professional sport that starts all events with a prayer and the National anthem.

“Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).”

I was watching a cardinal fly around while on my morning walk. Such a vibrant red color and very beautiful bird. So, what does a computer geek do but search for info on birds. The following site has just about all you need to know about birds plus links to other sites if you care to pursue further.
http://www.stateofthebirds.org/introduction

Let expand the thought of birds to include all species of life. The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is an ambitious, even audacious project to organize and make available via the Internet virtually all information about life present on Earth. At its heart lies a series of Web sites—one for each of the approximately 1.8 million known species—that provide the entry points to this vast array of knowledge. OK, I didn’t check out all the species nor do I want to, but if you have a lot of time on your hands go right ahead.
http://www.eol.org

NASA last trip to space was to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble has brought us many fascinating photographs of space and we owe it to ourselves to take a look at the Hubble project. The Hubble information Center takes you on a voyage from the beginning to the present with many stops along the way to admire what it has accomplished.
http://heritage.stsci.edu/index.htm

There is so much serious things going on in your and my life that we sometimes forget to take time to smile and enjoy a simple thing as a comic in the newspaper or on the Internet. Why not take the time to subscribe to the comic of your choice and have it sent to you via email every day. It may not solve your problems but at least you will get to smile for a minute or two.
http://comics.com

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