Peace Train

I really don’t get political with this blog very often.  I try to keep it light and simple.  Politics doesn’t interest me very much, except to the extent that it sickens me the way it has come to be in America and around the world.  So, this won’t be about politics, but it will be about what’s going on in our world.

Yesterday, a group of militants stormed a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya and started killing people.  The picture is still muddy and unclear, and the situation is not resolve as of the time I wrote this blog post.  The latest that I’ve heard, however, is that 59 are dead and at least 175 injured/wounded, with others still hiding in the confines of the mall and other missing as the standoff between the militants from al-Shebab and Kenyan forces continues.  I don’t know where the final death count will wind up.

Why?  Why, why, why?  I read the reasons, but the question remains the same: why?  Why can’t people just learn to live together?  It doesn’t mean we have to agree on everything or even anything – but we can respect the right to a different opinion, different beliefs, different traditions and even faiths.  We should be able to live without killing one another.

Today’s photo was taken in a happy, light-hearted time.  It was a bit over a week ago in DisneyWorld at the Electric Light Parade down Main Street.  As I looked for a picture to post today, I saw this and thought of the old Cat Steven’s song, Peace Train:

Now I’ve been happy lately, thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be, something good has begun

Oh I’ve been smiling lately, dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be, some day it’s going to come

Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train
Oh peace train take this country, come take me home again

Now I’ve been smiling lately, thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be, something good has begun

Oh peace train sounding louder
Glide on the peace train
Come on now peace train
Yes, peace train holy roller

Everyone jump upon the peace train
Come on now peace train

Get your bags together, go bring your good friends too
Cause it’s getting nearer, it soon will be with you

Now come and join the living, it’s not so far from you
And it’s getting nearer, soon it will all be true

Now I’ve been crying lately, thinking about the world as it is
Why must we go on hating, why can’t we live in bliss

Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train
Oh peace train take this country, come take me home again.

It can’t happen soon enough….

_MG_6069ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1776, in New York City, Nathan Hale, a Connecticut schoolteacher and captain in the Continental Army, is executed by the British for spying.

A graduate of Yale University, Hale joined a Connecticut regiment in 1775 and served in the successful siege of British-occupied Boston. On September 10, 1776, he volunteered to cross behind British lines on Long Island to spy on the British in preparation for the Battle of Harlem Heights.

Disguised as a Dutch schoolmaster, the Yale-educated Hale slipped behind British lines on Long Island and successfully gathered information about British troop movements for the next several weeks. While Hale was behind enemy lines, the British invaded the island of Manhattan; they took control of the city on September 15, 1776. When the city was set on fire on September 20, British soldiers were told to look out for sympathizers to the Patriot cause. The following evening, September 21, Hale was captured while sailing Long Island Sound, trying to cross back into American-controlled territory. Although rumors surfaced that Hale was betrayed by his first cousin and British Loyalist Samuel Hale, the exact circumstances of Hale’s capture have never been discovered.

Hale was interrogated by British General William Howe and, when it was discovered that he was carrying incriminating documents, General Howe ordered his execution for spying, which was set for the following morning. After being led to the gallows, legend holds that the 21-year-old Hale said, “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” There is no historical record to prove that Hale actually made this statement, but, if he did, he may have been inspired by these lines in English author Joseph Addison’s 1713 play Cato: “What a pity it is/That we can die but once to serve our country.”

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: in 1954, Trix breakfast cereal was introduced by General Mills.  The new cereal, a huge hit with kids (for the record, I didn’t like it – Galen), was 46.6 percent sugar!



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