Monday, December 29, 2008

FW: vassar flood

This is the cass river in vassar, mich after the new flood control project.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

I am reading Blackwater' by

I am reading Blackwater' by Jeremy Scahill. It has surprising facts on almost every page.
one fact deals with APLP bullets .

Friday, December 26, 2008


David Hackett Fischer on booktv did a deep seeing presentation on Champlain's Dream

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The weather is so much

The weather is so much warmer. I plowed driveways here and at Uncle John's. Now it's time to drop off the computer at Maskers. I

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

One True Thing

I watched 'One True Thing' on Hulu the morning. It reminded me of the cancer death of my father and of my mother's later sickness so much. It was real in a cleaned up sort of way. These deaths are terribly intimate and not at all neat..and the movie had to be at least neat. Each stage of the disease is shown including stages where some of the most important family memories are formed. These are the days that modern cancer treatments buy us. It shows the early death and owns the disease for what it is.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Enya is a great favorite of mine

The internet's music world has given me what I wanted for most of my life.  It provides a platform with metadata about the artist, links to predecessors and followers. The music notes player even lets budding musicians watch the score being played in front of them.  It's wonderful.

Enya has done so well in tying into the fundamental truths of music.  Her efforts don't describe a truth.  They are a truth. Hear them and know.  She carries this talent over into the video realm as you can see from the picture above.  Tags: , ,

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Today is cookie day for

Today is cookie day for Sue and Joni Deland. Sue is going to Bbay City with me.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Looks like a tough Saturday

It is about 17 degrees and we are building today. Humm. Not my favorite idea but every nail is progress on this building that so badly needs a roof at this point. About three more days should do it.

Modern Vehicle Assembly Plants Look Like This.

After living in the world of vehicle assembly for twenty-eight years, this movie is not as much of a surprise to me as it would be to some. Congress shows little comprehension of all the work the car companies have done in the last twenty years that resulted in this plant. That is why they ask questions that relate to the way the industry used to be. This is how it is. Watch the movie.

Bringing the supplier right into the plant is the main difference from the newest of what I saw in 2001 when I left General Motors to retire. Everything else was there then. That leads me to believe that the newest assembly plant ideas are not yet incorporated in this video.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

A Typical Historical Society Library Day

Sue went with me to Bay City today. She had to see her dentist about some braces she is going to have. I went to the museum for my regular Tuesday shift. I went over the material on the Battle of Guadalcanal. I still need to copy the source. Dad's experiences there are put in perspective by these article.

We ate lunch at Guido's. It was a good day.

Monday, December 1, 2008

First snow plowing today with the Oliver 770

First snow plowing today with the Oliver 770. This is a fifty horse tractor built in 1959 with a loader on it. It can move a lot of snow. It can also tear up a lot of yard.