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Celebrate Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt

There is a beautiful lagoon in the Hawaiian Islands that is named for the lustrous jewel that is formed when a piece of sand irritates a clam into coating it to protect itself. This harbor also houses the headquarters of the United States Pacific Fleet, and has been an important part of the American Naval placement in the Pacific Ocean since 1887.

Little did anyone know at that time that an attack on this harbor would bring the entire might of the American Military into a war it was desperately seeking to avoid. Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day honors the men and women who died in the Japanese attack on this beautiful harbor one December day in 1941.

Learn about Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Sometimes referred to as Pearl Harbor Day, this is a yearly day of remembrance for those who lost their lives on the 7th of December in 1941 at Pearl Harbor. We pay honor to the citizens who were killed when Japan sprung their surprise attack. This date results in World War Two, as the United States declared war on Japan on the following day. Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day has been entered into publication in Congress, meaning that it has been an official date since 1994. The then-President Bill Clinton signed the joint resolution at the time.

On this day, organizations across the United States hold tributes to honor the memory of Pearl Harbor. There are also a lot of reunions and survivors share their stories as well. Traditionally, the United States flag will be flown at half-staff until sunset. This is an act that honors the people who lost their lives while they were serving for the U.S. at Pearl Harbor. 

Today, there are a number of different sites at Pearl Harbor that have been created in memory of those who served during the bombing. Pearl Harbor is the final resting place for a lot of the crew of USS Oklahoma, USS Arizona, and USS Utah. The memorials here serve as a place of honor to the service members who lost their lives during the attack. They also act as a touching and emotional reminder of war and the loss that it causes. 

At Pearl Harbor, you will find the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, which pays honor to the American submarine that sunk 44 ships during World War Two. There is also the USS Utah Memorial. This is in remembrance of the former battleship, which in 1931 was converted into a target ship. It was sunk in an attack on the 7th of December in 1941. Another site is the USS Oklahoma Memorial, which pays tribute to the battleship that was also sunk on this date, resulting in 429 men losing their lives. There is also a marble memorial that goes over sunken battleship USS Arizona, which is in tribute of the 1,177 crew members who died. 

History of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

The history of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is the history of the attack itself, an attack which took place on December 7th, 1941. The attack was devastating, killing over 2,400 citizens of the United States from the time it began at 7:48am Hawaiian time and ended just 90 minutes later, making the attack incredibly devastating. Multiple ships were lost during the attack, though things could have been much worse.

Intelligence gathered after the attack indicated that there was intended to be a third-wave of attacks to hit the island, complete with an invasion fleet intended to take the island and prevent it from being used as an American base of operation.

The purpose behind this surprise attack? America was well positioned in the Pacific to interfere with Japanese fleet maneuvering, and it was hoped that by launching this assault they would cripple the US Pacific Presence and be able to control the ocean unhindered.

Word of the Day


A brazen die

adjective: 1. Shamelessly bold.
  2. Made of or relating to brass.
verb tr.: To face an embarrassing or difficult situation in a shamelessly bold manner.

From Old English braes (brass). Earliest documented use: 1000.

“[Trump] denied, despite hard evidence, that he ever supported the Iraq war. Pundits were dismayed. But his supporters love him all the more for his brazen adherence to the integrity of his ‘brand’ over minor details like the truth.”
Lee Siegel; The Selling of Donald J. Trump; The New York Times; Sep 10, 2016.

Idiom of the Day

What does ‘All’s fair in love and war’ mean?

This idiom is used to say that where there is conflict, people can be expected to behave in a more vicious way.

This Day in History

1787 – Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. constitution becoming the first of the United States.

1796 – John Adams was elected to be the second president of the United States.

1836 – Martin Van Buren was elected the eighth president of the United States.

1842 – The New York Philharmonic gave its first concert.

1925 – Swimmer Johnny Weissmuller set a world record in the 150-yard freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 25 and 2/5 seconds. He went on to play “Tarzan” in several movies.

1941 – Pearl Harbor, located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu was attacked by nearly 200 Japanese warplanes. The attack resulted in the U.S. entering into World War II.

1992 – The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a Mississippi abortion law which, required women to get counseling and then wait 24 hours before terminating their pregnancies.

2002 – In Amsterdam, Netherlands, two Van Gogh paintings were stolen from the Van Gogh Museum. The two works were “View of the Sea st Scheveningen” and “Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen.” On July 26, 2004, two men were convicted for the crime and were sentenced to at least four years in prison each.

2003 – A 12-inch by 26-inch painting of a river landscape and sailing vessel by Martin Johnson Heade was sold at auction for $1 million. The painting was found in the attic of a suburban Boston home where it had been stored for more than 60 years.

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If You Were Born Today, December 7

You are a quick study. Not only do you love to learn, you love to teach or at least share your knowledge. There is a youthful quality to you no matter your age. A little mischievous, and perhaps temperamental too, some might say you think too much. Your love relationships may be considered unusual, as you are attracted to uncommon people and set-ups. Independence and freedom are qualities that you value most in any partnering. Famous people born today: 

1598 Gian Lorenzo [Giovanni] Bernini, Italian baroque sculptor (St Teresa in Ecstasy), painter and architect, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1680)

1928 Noam Chomsky, American linguist (founded transformational grammar), philosopher and political activist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1932 Ellen Burstyn, American actress (Exorcist, Alice Doesn’t Live Here), born in Detroit, Michigan

1947 Johnny Bench, American MLB catcher (Reds), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

1956 Larry Bird, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward, coach, executive (Boston Celtics 3-time NBA champion, 12-time NBA All Star), born in West Baden, Indiana

(Not So) Totally Useless Facts of The Day:

Earth is the only planet whose English name is not taken from Greek or Roman mythology.

Have you ever wondered what the meaning of the word ‘ferret’ is? Of course you have. The word ferret comes from the Latin word furittus, which means little thief.

A Texas man went to the ER with a blood alcohol level of 0.37, but swore he hadn’t been drinking. For years people thought he was a closet drinker because he often became randomly drunk and claimed he didn’t know why. Doctors found
that he had auto-brewery syndrome, a condition which caused intoxicating fermentation in his stomach whenever he ate a lot of carbs.

thanks for the Offbeat Holiday, Patty
7th December – Cotton Candy Day.

Believe it or not, a dentist invented the machine spun cotton candy that we love to rot our teeth with, but it was in 1897, and historically speaking, people are idiots. Yes, dentist William Morrison and candy maker John C. Wharton unveiled their “Fairy Floss” to the world in 1904, and it was an instant hit. The name “cotton candy” was coined by another man, Joseph Lascaux (another dentist!), who patented his newer and shinier sugar spinning machine in 1927.


Coronavirus Style by Sylvia, CAN DO Correspondent

Dear Tech Support,


Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slowdown in overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewelry apps, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0.  In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled some of my other apps, such as Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5, and then installed undesirable apps such as: NBA 5.0, NFL 3.0 and Golf Clubs 4.1.  Conversation 8.0 no longer runs and House cleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system.  Please note that I have tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail.  What can I do?


Signed, Desperate.



THE RESPONSE (that came weeks later out of the blue)


Dear Desperate,


First keep in mind, Boyfriend 5.0 is an Entertainment Package, while Husband 1.0 is an operating system.  Please enter command: Ithoughtyoulovedme.HTML and try to download Tears 6.2. Also install the Guilt 3.0 update. If that app works as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run Jewelry 2.0 and Flowers 3.5.  However, remember, overuse of the above application can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0, or Beer 6.1.  Please note that Beer 6.1 will download the Farting and Snoring Loudly Beta version.


Whatever you do, DO NOT, under any circumstances, install Mother-In-Law 1.0 as it runs a virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources. In addition, please, do not attempt to re-install Boyfriend 5.0. That  will crash Husband 1.0.


Husband 1.0 is a functional app, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn other new applications quickly.  You might consider buying additional apps to improve memory and performance. Try Cooking 3.0.


Good Luck!!  Tech Support.

Pictures of the Day

This historical depiction of the coat of arms of Delaware was 

illustrated by American engraver Henry Mitchell in State Arms 

of the Union, published in 1876 by Louis Prang. A Mid-Atlantic 

state, Delaware ratified the Constitution of the United States on

December 7, 1787, becoming the first state to do so. The shield 

depicts a wheat sheaf, a corn cob and an ox, representing the 

importance of agriculture to the state’s economy, with the blue 

horizontal stripe referring to the Delaware River. The ship in the 

crest is a symbol of the state’s extensive coastal commerce, 

while the shield’s supporters are a farmer with a hoe (again 

representing the central role of farming to the state) and a 

militiaman (recognizing the crucial role of the citizen-soldier to 

the maintenance of American liberties). The motto, Liberty and 

Independence, was provided by the Society of the Cincinnati.


Loch Faskally, Pitlochry

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Deer trophy

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Silver Star Decoration.pdf


A White Christmas

Crochet Patterns of the Day: 

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Crocheted Christmas Trees


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Quarantine Cooking Recipes

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Both vegetarian and vegan diets may provide health benefits, including reduced body weight, lower cholesterol levels, and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. However, it is important for vegetarians and vegans to ensure that they are meeting all of their nutritional requirements.

thanks, Alice
Turn vegetarian butternut squash chili into a hearty one-pan meal by topping it with mouthwatering cornmeal cheddar biscuits. Sour cream and pickles are perfect for serving alongside this easy chili recipe.

thanks, Jenny


thanks, Shelley, New York Food Correspondent

Peppermint Stripe Cookies



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“I don’t know the rules but I’ll remember how to play after a few rounds.” Sound familiar? Shame on you (and me). It’s time for all of us to actually learn the rules to a card game or two. 


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Anyone Fancy Some Christmas Pudding















SUDOKU .. hard


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You can use ‘ice breaker questions’ to build a rapport, enabling strangers to engage in back and forth conversion. With a little practice and possibly a beer or two, you’ll be breaking more ice than the Titanic. 

What’s The Craziest Thing You’ve Ever Done In Your Life?


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Math on a Clock

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Whether you’re shy and uncomfortable in social situations or the most seasoned extrovert, everyone can use a few tips to increase their social likability. These tips use basic psychology and will give you the edge in any social situation from mingling at a cocktail party to a job interview to office politics to dating.


Changes and progress very rarely are gifts from above. They come out of struggles from below. -Noam Chomsky, linguistics professor and political activist (b. 7 Dec 1928)

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