Life is full of fine things. I don’t mean fancy things that cost a lot of money. I mean truly fine things: the love of family, the song of a bird, the laughter of a grand child, the gentle touch of a loved one’s hand, the music that uplifts and soothes, a cold drink on a hot day. These are all fine things – they are good things. And I love them all. The images that dance in my memories of my children, grand children, best friends, my wife, of sights and sounds and smells – fine, fine things, indeed.
Although I am not a morning person by nature, once I have managed to drag myself out of bed and head out with the dog for her morning walk, I find the air is full of possibilities for the new day. The birds are singing again after a night’s sleep just as the frogs are bedding down for the day. The early morning light is spectacular and golden and the reflections on the lake outside our front door are lovely.
What is there not to like about a spring morning in Georgia? Can’t think of a thing…
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1942, the first day of the first modern naval engagement in history, called the Battle of the Coral Sea, a Japanese invasion force succeeded in occupying Tulagi of the Solomon Islands in an expansion of Japan’s defensive perimeter.
The United States, having broken Japan’s secret war code and forewarned of an impending invasion of Tulagi and Port Moresby, attempted to intercept the Japanese armada. Four days of battles between Japanese and American aircraft carriers resulted in 70 Japanese and 66 Americans warplanes destroyed. This confrontation, called the Battle of the Coral Sea, marked the first air-naval battle in history, as none of the carriers fired at each other, allowing the planes taking off from their decks to do the battling. Among the casualties was the American carrier Lexington; “the Blue Ghost” (so-called because it was not camouflaged like other carriers) suffered such extensive aerial damage that it had to be sunk by its own crew. Two hundred sixteen Lexington crewmen died as a result of the Japanese aerial bombardment.
Although Japan would go on to occupy all of the Solomon Islands, its victory was a Pyrrhic one: The cost in experienced pilots and aircraft carriers was so great that Japan had to cancel its expedition to Port Moresby, Papua, as well as other South Pacific targets.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: On August 28, 1991, the first true email message from space was sent by the crew of the space shuttle STS-43 Atlantis using a Mac Portable and specifically configured AppleLink software. The message? “ET phone home” (nah, just kidding about that last bit!)