Like a Stone Wall

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I don’t know why, but I have always loved things made from rock. If I could choose the facade for my dream house, it would be made of rock, not brick or wood.  Rock.

If I had the money and time, I’d put a rock wall around my yard. Rock, not split rail, chain link or wood.  Rock.

There is something about rock that seems almost eternal. The rock wall in my photo for today has been standing for who knows how long? It has weathered the howling blizzards of the Vermont winter for years and has never complained.  It doesn’t care when the sun beats down on it.  It stands firm, like a rock.

Stonewall Jackson reported got his name “Stonewall” (it was really Thomas) because when other generals and their troops would cut and run, he wouldn’t.  Someone witnessed it and said, “There stood Jackson, like a stone wall,” and the name stuck.

Bob Seeger and his Silver Bullet Band sang a song that also came to be used by Chevy trucks about how their vehicles are “…like a rock.”

Rock. It even sounds solid and firm. Gotta love it.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1940, German aircraft began the bombing of southern England, and the Battle of Britain, which will last until October 31, escalatedf.

The Germans called it “the Day of the Eagle,” the first day of the Luftwaffe’s campaign to destroy the RAF, the British Royal Air Force, and knock out British radar stations, in preparation for Operation Sea Lion, the amphibious invasion of Britain. Almost 1,500 German aircraft took off the first day of the air raid, and 45 were shot down. Britain lost 13 fighters in the air and another 47 on the ground. But most important for the future, the Luftwaffe managed to take out only one radar station, on the Isle of Wight, and damage five others. This was considered more trouble than it was worth by Herman Goering, commander of the Luftwaffe, who decided to forgo further targeting of British radar stations because “not one of those attacked so far has been put out of operation.”

Historians agree that this was a monumental mistake on the part of the Germans. Had Goering and the Luftwaffe persisted in attacking British radar, the RAF would not have been able to get the information necessary to successfully intercept incoming German bombers. “Here, early in the battle, we get a glimpse of fuddled thinking at the highest level in the German camp,” comments historian Peter Fleming. Even the Blitz, the intensive and successive bombing of London that would begin in the last days of the Battle of Britain, could not compensate for such thinking. There would be no Operation Sea Lion. There would be no invasion of Britain. The RAF would not be defeated.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Stress makes the blood “stickier,” in preparation for an injury. Such a reaction, however, also increases the probability of developing a blood clot. This is the reason that stress is so dangerous for those with coronary heart disease or those with hereditary dispositions toward heart attack or stroke.

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