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Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.

Today in History
May 28

585 BC   A solar eclipse interrupts a battle outside of Sardis in western Turkey between Medes and Lydians. The battle ends in a draw.
1805   Napoleon is crowned in Milan, Italy.
1830   Congress authorizes Indian removal from all states to the western Prairie.
1863   The 54th Massachusetts, a regiment of African-American recruits, leaves Boston, headed for Hilton Head, South Carolina.
1859   The French army launches a flanking attack on the Austrian army in Northern France.
1871   The Paris commune is suppressed by troops from Versailles.
1900   Britain annexes the Orange Free State in South Africa.
1940   Belgium surrenders to Germany.
1953   Melody, the first animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor, premiers.
1961   Amnesty International, a human rights organization, is founded.
Born on May 28
1759   William Pitt the Younger, prime minister of England (1783-1801).
1738   Dr. Joseph Ignace Guillotine, French inventor of the execution device which bears his name.
1779   Thomas Moore, Irish poet.
1807   Jean Agassiz, naturalist and educator.
1818   P.G.T. Beauregard, Confederate general during the American Civil War.
1888   Jim Thorpe, American athlete.
1908   Ian Fleming, British novelist, created the character James Bond.
1910   T-Bone Walker, blues guitarist and singer.
1912   Patrick White, Australian writer (The Tree of Man, The Eye of the Storm).
1916   Walker Percy, writer (The Moviegoer, Love in the Ruins).
1918   Herb Shriner, radio humorist.
1919   May Swenson, poet.
1932   Stephen Birmingham, novelist and biographer.
1936   Fred Chappell, poet and novelist.
1940   Maeve Binchy, Irish writer (Circle of Friends, The Copper Beach).

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picture of the day: APRIL 1



On March 22, 1622, the Powhatan Indians of Virginia massacred 350 white colonists in and around Jamestown. Tired of the relentless assaults perpetrated by English settlers and worried about the colony’s growth, Powhatan chief Opechancanough hoped that killing one quarter of Virginia’s colonists would put an end to the European threat. The result of the massacre was just the opposite. English survivors regrouped and pushed the Powhatans far into the interior, setting the pattern for white-Indian relations for the next 250 years. – See more at: http://www.historynet.com/picture-of-the-day?podMonth=4&podDay=1&pod=GO#sthash.jYWOBdQc.dpuf

Today In History. What Happened This Day In History


Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.

February 22

1349   Jews are expelled from Zurich, Switzerland.
1613   Mikhail Romanov is elected czar of Russia.
1732   George Washington was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia.
1797   The last invasion of Britain takes place when some 1,400 Frenchmen land at Fishguard in Wales.
1819   Spain signs a treaty with the United States ceding eastern Florida.
1825   Russia and Britain establish the Alaska/Canada boundary.
1862   Jefferson Davis is inaugurated president of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va. for the second time.
1864   Nathan Bedford Forrest’s brother, Jeffrey, is killed at Okolona, Mississippi.
1865   Federal troops capture Wilmington, N.C.
1879   Frank Winfield Woolworth’s ‘nothing over five cents’ shop opens at Utica, New York. It is the first chain store.
1902   A fistfight breaks out in the Senate. Senator Benjamin Tillman suffers a bloody nose for accusing Senator John McLaurin of bias on the Philippine tariff issue.
1909   The Great White Fleet returns to Norfolk, Virginia, from an around-the-world show of naval power.
1911   Canadian Parliament votes to preserve the union with the British Empire.
1920   The American Relief Administration appeals to the public to pressure Congress to aid starving European cities.
1924   Columbia University declares radio education a success.
1926   Pope Pius rejects Mussolini’s offer of aid to the Vatican.
1932   Adolf Hitler is the Nazi Party candidate for the presidential elections in Germany.
1935   All plane flights over the White House are barred because they are disturbing President Roosevelt’s sleep.
1942   President Franklin Roosevelt orders Gen. Douglas MacArthur to leave the Philippines.
1951   The Atomic Energy Commission discloses information about the first atom-powered airplane.
1952   French forces evacuate Hoa Binh in Indochina.
1954   U.S. is to install 60 Thor nuclear missiles in Britain.
1962   A Soviet bid for new Geneva arms talks is turned down by the U.S.
1963   Moscow warns the U.S. that an attack on Cuba would mean war.
1967   Operation Junction City becomes the largest U.S. operation in Vietnam.
1984   Britain and the U.S. send warships to the Persian Gulf following an Iranian offensive against Iraq.
Born on February 22
1403   Charles VII, King of France.
1732   George Washington, Commander-in-chief of Continental forces during the American Revolution and first U.S. President.
1778   Rembrandt Peale, American painter known for portraits of U.S. founding fathers.
1857   Lord Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout Movement.
1857   Heinrich Hertz, German physicist, the first person to broadcast and receive radio waves.
1892   Edna St. Vincent Millay, poet.
1900   Sean O’Faolain, Irish short story writer.
1925   Edward Gorey, American writer and illustrator.
1932   Edward Kennedy, Massachusetts Senator, brother of John F. Kennedy.
1944   Jonathan Demme, film director (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia).

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image of the day: Louis Braille simplified six dot alphabet for the visually impaired



Louis Braille

Louis Braille, born February 4, 1809, was blinded at age four as the result of an accident in his father’s shop. Nevertheless, he became an accomplished organist and cellist and won a scholarship in 1819 to attend the National Institute for Blind Youth in Paris. At age 15, Louis witnessed a demonstration there by Charles Barbier, a soldier who had invented ‘night writing,’ a system of letters embossed on cardboard for silent communication along trenches. While Barbier’s system was too complex to be practical, Braille simplified and adapted it to a six-dot code representing letters that enabled people with impaired vision to not only read but also write for themselves. In 1827, the first Braille book was published, but Braille himself died of tuberculosis at age 43–before his system gained widespread acceptance.

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Of Ill Deeds, poetic thought by George-B (the smudge and other poems page)


Of  Ill Deeds, poetic thought by George-B
(the smudge and other poems page)

The answers are within protected by the shell – viscera
life is  so strong so death is not thought of-
hatred makes victims somewhere outside,
in  coward devotion, hatred makes drum-roll to tormented minds: 
cowardice attacks
the innocent

weak
feeble
the sick
the innocent – how else to hurt
life
hope
a smile
a tear of joy
but by denying their right to exist.

So mortal of spirit in hatred collects
pain for redemption,
immortality
promised by the  master of hatred and lies- promises of  golden stars,
untouched things…
the hater of life maladjusted,  the exception
is promised things by the master of lies.

-George-B.

Copyright © 2015 [George Bost]. All Rights Reserved.

Fabbrica di paste #watercolor #pencil #illustration #pasta #Italy — Virginia (@myartpainting)


http://www.virginiart.net/aboutme.html

http://www.virginiart.net/aboutme.html (access this site when you click!)

Google translates:

The Good Things and the Bad Things of Today:

Beautiful things today: the sparrows that seek and found crumbs of food provided just in time, religious songs of women that fill my heart with joy and hope, the elderly gentlemen who smile at me.
The colorful fruits in stalls, the flame of the candle that doesn’t extinguish, greeting without exception everyone who who was here before me my time, the heavenly part of the sky.
The reflection of the sun on the bells, the wind that refreshes the skin, a mother holding the hand of his son, the marijuana that grows wild.
The bleating of goats, the sound of cymbals and drums, children laughing merrily.
A homeless man on the street who loves me!

The bad things of today are those who do not want to see!!!

_Virginia

 

Saint of the Day for Thursday, December 25th, 2014: Image of St. Eugenia


Image of St. Eugenia

St. Eugenia

There definitely was a Roman martyr named Eugenia but the rest of her story is a romantic fictitious legend. According to it she was the daughter of Duke Philip of Alexandria, governor of Egypt … continue reading

More Saints of the Day

“Dignify and glorify common labor. … It is at the bottom of life that we must begin, not at the top.” Booker T. Washington


Dignify and glorify common labor. … It is at the bottom of life that we must begin, not at the top.Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: George Washington Resigns as Commander-in-Chief (1783)


George Washington Resigns as Commander-in-Chief (1783)

After demonstrating exemplary leadership as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution, George Washington resigned his commission and retired to Mount Vernon, Virginia. By resigning his military post, Washington established the important precedent that civilian-elected officials possess ultimate authority over the armed forces. After a brief retirement, he was elected the country’s first president. Why was he given a posthumous military promotion in 1976? More… Discuss

The Champs-Élysées


The Champs-Élysées

This avenue in Paris, France, leads from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe. It is divided in two by the Rond-Point des Champs-Élysées. The lower part, toward the Place de la Concorde, is surrounded by gardens, museums, theaters, and restaurants. The upper part, toward the Arc de Triomphe, was traditionally a luxury commercial district. Twelve avenues radiate to form a star at the avenue’s upper end, with the Arc de Triomphe at its center. To what does the avenue’s name refer? More… Discuss

Joe Dassin Champs Elysées Lyrics

 
Les Champs-Élysées Video:

Paroles de Les Champs-Élysées Je m’baladais sur l’avenue
Le coeur ouvert à l’inconnu
J’avais envie de dire bonjour
À n’importe qui
N’importe qui ce fut toi
Je t’ai dit n’importe quoi
Il suffisait de te parler
Pour t’apprivoiser

Aux Champs-Élysées
Aux Champs-Élysées
Au soleil, sous la pluie
À midi ou à minuit
Il y a tout ce que vous voulez
Aux Champs-Élysées

Tu m’as dit “J’ai rendez-vous
Dans un sous-sol avec des fous
Qui vivent la guitare à la main
Du soir au matin”
Alors je t’ai accompagnée
On a chanté, on a dansé
Et l’on n’a même pas pensé
À s’embrasser

Aux Champs-Élysées
Aux Champs-Élysées
Au soleil, sous la pluie
À midi ou à minuit
Il y a tout ce que vous voulez
Aux Champs-Élysées

Hier soir deux inconnus
Et ce matin sur l’avenue
Deux amoureux tout étourdis
Par la longue nuit
Et de l’Étoile à la Concorde
Un orchestre à mille cordes
Tous les oiseaux du point du jour
Chantent l’amour

Aux Champs-Élysées
Aux Champs-Élysées
Au soleil, sous la pluie
À midi ou à minuit
Il y a tout ce que vous voulez
Aux Champs-Élysées

[ Ces sont Les Champs-Élysées Paroles sur http://www.parolesmania.com/ ]

this pressed: This Alabama Judge Has Figured Out How to Dismantle Roe v. Wade – ProPublica


via This Alabama Judge Has Figured Out How to Dismantle Roe v. Wade – ProPublica.

 

Inside the courtroom of the Alabama Supreme Court in downtown Montgomery. (William Widmer, special to ProPublica)

 

In 2005, the Witherspoon School of Law and Public Policy held a conference in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. The school’s name was something of a misnomer: Rather than grant JDs, Witherspoon staged seminars and lectures offering lessons in what it summarized as “the comprehensive biblical foundation for our common law and constitutional government.” Its target audience was homeschooled young men. The school itself was a project of Vision Forum, a Texas-based ministry whose founder was also a leader in the Christian Patriarchy movement, which preaches, among other things, that husbands should vote for their wives.

Most sitting judges would go to great pains to avoid such a gathering. But Tom Parker,

References:

***Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision

The complete Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, January 22, 1973. Includes concurring and dissenting opinions.

From Jone Johnson Lewis,
Your Guide to Women’s History.

U.S. Supreme Court

ROE v. WADE, 410 U.S. 113 (1973)

410 U.S. 113 (find @ http://womenshistory.about.com/library/etext/gov/bl_roe_a.htm)
***http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roe_v._Wade

 

this day in the yesteryear: 9/11 Terrorist Attacks (2001)


9/11 Terrorist Attacks (2001)

On September 11, 2001, 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes. They crashed two planes into the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in New York City and flew a third into the Pentagon building in Virginia. Passengers on the fourth flight attempted to retake control of the aircraft, but it crashed in a Pennsylvania field. The devastating terrorist attacks of 9/11 were responsible for 2,996 deaths and countless more injuries. What were the environmental consequences of 9/11? More… Discuss

article: Pocahontas


Pocahontas

The daughter of Powhatan, a Native American chief who controlled almost all of tidewater Virginia, Pocahontas helped maintain peace with the English colonists by befriending the settlers at Jamestown. According to the famous story, she saved colonial leader John Smith from execution after he had been taken prisoner by her father’s men. She later furthered efforts toward peace by marrying colonist John Rolfe. “Pocahontas” was actually a childhood nickname. What was her real name? More… Discuss

today’s holiday: Chincoteague Pony Swim and Auction


Chincoteague Pony Swim and Auction

The Chincoteague Pony Swim is an annual saltwater roundup of the famous wild ponies of Assateague Island off the Delmarva Peninsula. The volunteer firemen of Chincoteague Island, Virginia, ride to Assateague, round up as many as 300 ponies, and then guide them into the water to swim across the channel to Chincoteague. The next day some foals are sold at auction and the rest of the herd swims back to Assateague. A week of festivities surrounds the roundup, and tens of thousands come to watch the excitement from land and small boats. More… Discuss

this pressed: Thank You for Your Service: How One Company Sues Soldiers Worldwide – ProPublica


Thank You for Your Service: How One Company Sues Soldiers Worldwide – ProPublica.

Monticello


Monticello

Monticello—”little mountain” in Italian—is the estate designed and built by Thomas Jefferson, based on the classical style of Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. Located near Charlottesville, Virginia, it was Jefferson’s home for 56 years and was built on property he inherited from his father. Today, the site operates as a museum and is the only home in the US that has been designated a World Heritage Site. What forced Jefferson’s daughter to sell the estate? More… Discuss

THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: JOHN WILKES BOOTH SHOOTS LINCOLN (1865)


John Wilkes Booth Shoots Lincoln (1865)

Booth was an American actor and Confederate sympathizer who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC, during a performance of Our American Cousin. Shortly after 10 PM on April 14, 1865, Booth slipped into the presidential box unobserved, shot Lincoln in the head, and vaulted to the stage, breaking his leg in the process. According to witnesses, he then shouted “Sic semper tyrannis,” Virginia’s state motto. What does the Latin phrase mean?More… Discuss

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: JEFFERSON’S BIRTHDAY


Jefferson’s Birthday

Unique among American presidents, Thomas Jefferson(1743-1826) was not only a statesman but a scholar, linguist, writer, philosopher, political theorist, architect, engineer, and farmer. In the United States, he is remembered primarily as the author in 1776 of the Declaration of Independence; he died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration. A birthday commemoration is held each year at Monticello, Jefferson’s home in Virginia, as well as at the Jefferson Memorial on the Mallin Washington, D.C. More… Discuss

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QUOTATION: Willa Cather


Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.

Willa Cather (1873-1947) Discuss

 

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Erin Brockovich: After Chemical Spill, West Virginians Organizing “Stronger Than I’ve Ever Seen” | Democracy Now!



Erin Brockovich: After Chemical Spill, West Virginians Organizing “Stronger Than I’ve Ever Seen” | Democracy Now!
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Creedence Clearwater Revival: Who’ll Stop The Rain


Creedence Clearwater Revival 
Who’ll Stop The Rain
Cosmo’s Factory

Lyrics:

Long as I remember 
The rain been comin’ down.
Clouds of myst’ry pourin’ 
Confusion on the ground.
Good men through the ages, 
Tried to find the sun;
And I wonder, still I wonder, 
Who’ll stop the rain.

I went down Virginia
Seekin’ shelter from the storm.
Caught up in the fable, 
I watched the tower grow.
Five year plans and new deals, 
Wrapped in golden chains.
And I wonder, still I wonder 
Who’ll stop the rain.

Heard the singers playin’, 
How we cheered for more.
The crowd had rushed together, 
Tryin’ to keep warm.
Still the rain kept pourin’, 
Fallin’ on my ears.
And I wonder, still I wonder 
Who’ll stop the rain.

 

Quotation: Virginia Woolf about self development and application


Life for most people compels the exercise of the lower gifts and wastes the precious ones, until it forces us to agree that there is little virtue, as well as little profit, in what once seemed to us the noblest part of our inheritance.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

 

Today’s Birthday: BENJAMIN BANNEKER (1731)


Benjamin Banneker (1731)

Banneker was a free African American who was largely self-educated in astronomy and mathematics. In 1761, he drew attention by building a wooden clock that kept precise time for some 50 years. He accurately predicted a solar eclipse in 1789 and began publishing annually thePennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia Almanac and Ephemeris, sending an early copy to Thomas Jefferson to counter the belief that African Americans were intellectually inferior. How did Jefferson respond? More… Discuss

 

Quotation: Virginia Woolf


Never are voices so beautiful as on a winter’s evening, when dusk almost hides the body, and they seem to issue from nothingness with a note of intimacy seldom heard by day.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

 

Quotation: Willa Cather about married men


Men are all right for friends, but as soon as you marry them they turn into cranky old fathers, even the wild ones. They begin to tell you what’s sensible and what’s foolish, and want you to stick at home all the time. I prefer to be foolish when I feel like it, and be accountable to nobody.

Willa Cather (1873-1947) Discuss

 

Report Raises New Concerns About Air Force’s Disposal of Remains (from PBS)


Report Raises New Concerns About Air Force's Disposal of Remains (from PBS)
Report Raises New Concerns About Air Force’s Disposal of Remains (from PBS) Click here to find out about the indignity!)

Another despicable practice of deceit, and total disregard for our oldest rituals: The proper remembrance of our departed loved ones.

Also, another valuable lessons about functions that can’t and shouldn’t ever be “contracted out”.

JEFFREY BROWN: And finally tonight, new questions about the disposal of remains of service members killed in action.

The Pentagon responded today to a Washington Post report that incinerated partial remains of 274 troops had been taken from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware and disposed of in a landfill in Virginia.

This afternoon, the Air Force said that the practice was stopped three years ago.

LT. GEN. DARRELL JONES, U.S. Air Force: Prior to 2008, we took the unidentified portions under military escort in a dignified manner to a local funeral home, and they were cremated.

The cremated remains were then, with a military escort, turned over to a contractor for incineration, as was the industry standard. If there was any residual matter, it was handled in accordance with the — the processes at the time.

In 2008, our own inspection, not driven by any outside force, took a look at the process and said, we can do better than that. Here’s a better way to provide dignity and honor to these families and to our fallen heroes. And we developed the retirement-at-sea process using a sea-salt urn for our loved ones.

JEFFREY BROWN: And joining us is Craig Whitlock of The Washington Post. He broke the original story last month and co-wrote today’s follow-up.

Craig, so much bigger than previously known when you first reported on this a month ago. What has happened since that — in that time?

CRAIG WHITLOCK, The Washington Post: Well, Jeff, what happened was, the Air Force initially told us and told the Congress that it would be too difficult for them to go back through their records at Dover Air Force Base to figure out how many service members had their remains disposed of in this way that finally ended up in the landfill.

We pressed them on this as part of our investigation. They have an electronic database there. And after we pressed them for these — this information, they finally did come up with these figures just a couple of days ago that spelled out over a four-year period that there were 274 troops whose remains, part of their remains ended up in the landfill.

JEFFREY BROWN: Now, a four-year period — we know when it ended. Do we know when it actually began?

CRAIG WHITLOCK: No, we don’t.

And the Air Force says they don’t know either, Jeff. And they said they — at this point, they don’t have plans to go back and try and find out. They say their current records date to late 2003. We have talked to individuals who say the practice went on prior to that. We have correspondence, email correspondence from mortuary officials to family members indicating that this went back at least to the mid-’90s.

It’s possible — and people in Congress are asking if this went back even further to prior conflicts, to the first Gulf War, or even Vietnam. And we just don’t know.

JEFFREY BROWN: Now, you were at the briefing where we heard Gen. Jones just now.

Fill in a little bit about their explanation of how or why this practice was undertaken.

CRAIG WHITLOCK: Another very good question, and I think one that the Air Force has labored to give a clear answer for.

They would first take these remains. These are ones that were either unidentified, that they couldn’t figure out who they belonged to, from catastrophic accidents in the war zone, or they were ones that belonged to individuals whose family members had said, look, if you find any additional remains, we want to you dispose of them appropriately.

They didn’t know, of course, what in fact happened, which was the Air Force would first cremate them, which is acceptable. And then, after that, for reasons they can’t really explain, they mixed them in with medical waste from the mortuary, took them to an incinerator in Baltimore, and then took the leftovers to the landfill.

And they have had a hard time saying why they did this. They said it was industry practice, standard industry practice. But we found, talking to funeral home operators and people in that industry, that that is not the case. They are appalled by this.

JEFFREY BROWN: And they said that family members have said they didn’t want to be notified if more remains were found. But you found that that wasn’t the case in all cases.

CRAIG WHITLOCK: Well, that’s right.

They said they aren’t going to go back and notify these families of these 274 troops what in fact happened. And the reason is, they say these family members, that their wishes were they didn’t want to know if there were additional remains found.

But, as you said, we have interviewed a woman, Gari-Lynn Smith from New Jersey, who is a war widow of a soldier who was killed in Iraq. And she spent four years trying to find out what had happened.

JEFFREY BROWN: Now, Gen. Jones said that the military has a new practice in 2008 — at sea.

CRAIG WHITLOCK: That’s right. Since then, they have been holding the ashes to retire them at sea. They started that this year.

JEFFREY BROWN: Oh, so — so, then, that’s since 2008?

CRAIG WHITLOCK: Yes, that is something else that has been a little hard for them to explain. They stopped the landfill practice in 2008, but they didn’t actually begin the land — the burial at sea until early this year.

JEFFREY BROWN: Now, there was immediate criticism, as there has been since your article first came out a month ago. It continues, from Congress, among other — and other places, right?

CRAIG WHITLOCK: Well, that’s right.

The House Committee on Oversight — Government Oversight and Reform, is investigating not only this, but all burial practices by the military dating back 10 years. There’s also an internal Pentagon investigation. So I think this will go on for some time.

JEFFREY BROWN: And what might be the next step?

CRAIG WHITLOCK: Well, I think we will see what Congress does. I don’t think the Air Force has anything planned.

There is a review right now of three supervisors at the Dover Air Force Base that Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has ordered to determine whether appropriate discipline has been handed out in this case and other problems at the mortuary. And I think we will find that out in the next few weeks.

JEFFREY BROWN: Secretary Panetta said today he was satisfied. Now, is there — he has ordered a full review, I think, of procedures at Dover. Where does all that stand?

CRAIG WHITLOCK: He has appointed a commission headed by retired Army Gen. John Abizaid, as well as public health experts, to take a look at the current mortuary operations.

It’s a little unclear if they are going to go back, as we discussed, how far this landfill disposal and other problems went. It’s a little unclear if that is going to be the scope, or they’re just going to check how things work now.

JEFFREY BROWN: All right, Craig Whitlock of The Washington Post, thanks so much.

CRAIG WHITLOCK: You’re welcome.
(Source: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/military/july-dec11/dover_12-08.html)

Sandra Lerner


Why Sandra Lerner,  you’re going to ask? Because she represents the story of success after the system she believed in fired her from the company she started: Cisco Systems. Everybody who put foot in a computer store, heard of the company,  almost everybody who uses a router. Her creation was taken away from her,  in this asphalt jungle where there is only God is GREED. She had the financial opportunity to start a line of cosmetics, with a clear symbolic name: “Urban Decay Cosmetics”, clearly stating the mindset in which the system she believed in let her down. But her call of the land, her beginning in a farm, her love for farm animals, including horses, and turkeys, the simple call of the land, saved her from the urban decay, as she purchased and started a new life, on her farm, where she get to imitate the language of the turkey, where she raises the animals, away from the lucrative food industry with all its nasty secrets. She confesses that her turkeys run more expensive than the food industry’s. But it is the quality of the feed, the lack of pesticides, tryptophan, salt, antibiotics, and who knows what else they staff in them turkeys today, that makes hers a more expensive treat.

I was very impressed by her story, as I happened to watch it on some TV station, so I said to myself that her story of hope can now, more than ever make others  think more about their lives, and the social standards that we allowed to run them.

Sandra Lerner and Home Farm and Store

Sandra Lerner and Home Farm and Store (click here to find out more about the farm)


Ms. Lerner primarily resides at her 800-acre (3.2 km2) estate, Ayrshire Farm in Upperville, Virginia that she acquired in 1996. The circa-1912, 42-room Edwardian-style mansion of native fieldstone has since been restored and is used for a variety of social functions under Sandy’s direction.[3]

Ayrshire Farm’s mission is to farm sustainably and profitably, promoting the benefits of locally produced, humanely-raised meats and organic produce to the consumer, the community, and children through education, outreach and example. The farm sells its products online and locally from The Home Store in Middleburg, Virginia. Sandy also owns the Hunter’s Head Tavern in Upperville, Virginia

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandra_Lerner)