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E-Bikes are Game-Changers July 6, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 2:08 pm

Originally posted on Off The Beaten Path:


“This is the future. It will change everything!” said Koichiro Nakamura as he pointed to a bright green women’s bike in front of his office. We had met to discuss cycling and the media in Japan… and this bike wasn’t what I expected.

After I got over my initial surprise, I remembered riding through Tokyo last year on the way to TOEI, the great constructeurs of classic cyclotouring bikes. As we approached a narrow underpass, a woman on a similar city bike passed us and cut in front of Hahn in a maneuver that would not have been out of place in a cyclocross race. She took the “holeshot” and accelerated away. Nothing about her bike or her appearance suggested a competitive nature… but she had an electric motor that greatly enhanced her power output.

Then we saw them everywhere. Women (mostly, Japan still being a society with somewhat rigid gender…

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Carrying on Knitting – In The HEAT July 4, 2015




heat wave 003 More scarves – I don’t know how many there are now.  And the stash seems endless.


Happy Fourth of July



Independence = Revolutionary War     (picture and note are courtesy of Linda, a blogging friend, who is very interested in genealogy and is listing her ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War.  This seems like a good project for me too.  I have already found some who were at the initial Battle of Lexington and Concord.  More of that in future blog posts.

Life is busy – I have lots of ideas for blog posts but am not finding (or making) time to write them up.


Revolutionary War = Independence Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 8:24 pm


I too have found a number of ancestors who served in the Revolutionary War. I’ll work on assembling the information.

Originally posted on LIVING WITH MY ANCESTORS:


Washington Crossing the Delaware byEmanuel Leutze
Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York City – 1851

Since I began delving into my genealogy, it seems that especially at times like this my thoughts are turned to my ancestors who sacrificed so much. I present just a few of the family patriots related to me and mine who served so valiantly. I know that there are more and I will find them and honor them when I do.

John Arthur, Sr.

Wounded in Yorktown in final battle with Cornwallis. On 17th May 1843, in Bedford County, Virginia John made a declaration for his pension stating he was 85 years of age.  He married 12 Oct 1784 in Bedford County, Virginia to Elizabeth ADDAMS (ADAMS), with the consent of John ADDAMS.  In his pension papers it states that she was the daughter of John & Sarah ADDAMS.  Elizabeth was born 28 Sep 1769. …

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Travel and the Transformation of Place July 1, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 7:41 pm

Originally posted on Book Guy Reviews:

I just got back from roughly three weeks abroad.

I encountered surroundings as foreign as they’re likely to get in my lifetime–I drank Raki on the Bosphorus, ate a sandwich made of raw meat-spread thinly over lettuce (not as good as it sounds) to the tune of the elegiacally beautiful Islamic call-to-prayer, and traveled over thirty hours (excluding overnight busses) to experience a world broader than the one I’m fortunate enough to gaze into everyday in my backyard.

I’m lucky. That much is certain. I’ve got summers off which allows me the luxury of travel, and the most wonderful fiancé in the world to share in the adventure.

Last summer we went to Peru and Argentina, which afforded us even more opportunity to explore local cuisine, and glimpse into a world of existence entirely apart from our own, and next year is still in the works–but the point is–travel for us has…

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When Making A Car Was Illegal June 29, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 1:35 pm

Originally posted on Pacific Paratrooper:

The last Packard, 1942 The last Packard, 1942

This was originally published as a Guest Post for Judy Hardy at Greatest Generation Lessons.

After Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt ordered all car manufacturers to cease the production of private automobiles and convert the factories to produce military vehicles, weaponry, airplane engines, parts, etc. But, this would not put an end to man’s love affair with the automobile. A car manual became priceless to a private owner and a truck manual was an absolute necessity for a farmer or businessman. With the rationing of gasoline in the U.S., the “National Victory Speed” was 35 mph and driving clubs were encouraged. (Our modern day car-pools).

The news spread around the world. The news spread around the world.

Automobiles were produced in massive quantities before the Great Depression and this brought the price down considerably. Then, the stock market crashed and many people were unable to afford the fuel for the cars they already…

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Japanese Views June 27, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 7:27 pm

Originally posted on Pacific Paratrooper:

'Shrine Entrance in Snowstorm' by Tosuke S. ‘Shrine Entrance in Snowstorm’ by Tosuke S.

Despite some common belief and wartime propaganda, not all the Japanese people wanted war with either America or England.  Here are some quotes located to help clarify that misconception.

The following quotes have been taken from Saburo Ienaga’s “Pacific War” (Taiheiyo senso) translated by Frank Baldwin.


In the midst of the excitement and successful sinking of the US fleet at Pearl Harbor, Onozuka Kiheiji, former president of the Tokyo Imperial University, whispered to a colleague, “This means that Japan is sunk too.” ___ Ienaga Miyako

Onozuka Kiheiji Onozuka Kiheiji

This was true for even those members of the political elite who belonged to the cautious school of thought, made their point of view at the Senior Statesmen’s Conference by, Wakatsuki Reijiro: “Do we have adequate resources for a long war or not?  I am concerned about this problem.”  Yonai Mitsumasa added, “In attempting…

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Photo Of The Day- June 27th

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 2:22 pm

Originally posted on resolutewarrior:


Chief Warrant Officer 4 Tim Reeves and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kevin Crisp, 1-168th General Support Aviation Battalion, Washington National Guard, perform a “flag drag” high above Puget Sound on their way to Gas Work Park in Seattle as part of the Seattle Seafair 4th of July celebration.

Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Adolf Pinlac

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