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On This Day – June 6

June 6, 1944:

Four years and two days after Allied forces evacuated from the European mainland, they return in the Normandy landings, the largest amphibious military assault in history. By the end of the day, 5,000 vessels land 160,000 troops on the French coastline, launching the push to defeat Germany.

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Eat Your Cake and Have It Too!

What!?

Isn’t the expression,

Have your cake and eat it too?

Or in the hood

You can’t have your cake and eat it too!

Are you the Unabomber# who was tracked down based partly on his misquote of this quote!?

The Meaning of the expression:

Well. To do or get two good things at the same time, especially things that are not usually possible to have together: 

I worked at home so I could raise my family and still earn money.
I guess I wanted to have my cake and eat it too. But in my case, I did eat my cake and have it too!
# Unabomber: Theodore John Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber, was an American domestic terrorist, former mathematics professor, and anarchist author. A mathematics prodigy, he abandoned an academic career in 1969 to pursue a primitive lifestyle. Between 1978 and 1995, he killed three people and injured 23 others in an attempt to start a revolution by conducting a nationwide bombing campaign targeting people involved with modern technology. In conjunction, he issued a social critique opposing industrialization while advocating a nature-centered form of anarchism.
The bombs were sent through the mail. You just don’t mess with the U.S.Postal Service and expect to get away with it!
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Just A Siegfried Pillbox!

Across the Nims River…

Blue Battalion, Company A…

A pillbox, a bunker in the woods…

Heavy fire…

No time to think…

Taken…

But at great cost!

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The 304th Infantry, Forward

In honor of Frank E Knapp, Regimental Chaplain’s Assistant

Father-in-Law

“To all those and to scores of others, who are, unfortunately, too numerous to mention!”

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An Andrew Wyeth Honeymoon

This photo was taken July 1971 on the east coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. For me, it invokes the feeling of a nostalgic Andrew Wyeth painting.

Andrew Wyeth is considered one of the greatest and best-known U.S. artists of the middle 20th century.

He was a ‘realist’ regionalist style painter of rural landscapes and people. And for me, his paintings invoke romantic notions and strong family feelings.

He was aptly dubbed “painter of the people.”

Am I right, completely bonkers, or is it just little old blurry-eyed me?

“Breezy in Nova Scotia”

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Da Vinci in a Mirror Image Darkly!

There are three classes of people: those that see, those that see when they are told, and those that do not see… Leonardo da Vinci

And may I add another special class: those bloggers that ‘like…like…like’ even though they only rarely see. And that’s sometimes even me!

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Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519), more commonly  Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo, was an Italian polymath of the Renaissance whose areas of interest included invention, drawing, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography.

He has been variously called the father of palaeontology, ichnology, and architecture, and he is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. Sometimes credited with the inventions of the parachute, helicopter, and tank, he epitomised the Renaissance humanist ideal.

But what’s this about Mirror Image Darkly?

It is very well known that Leonardo was left handed. His notebooks were written right to left using mirror image script. His books were private, written for his eyes only. However, he wrote in the conventional manner, left to right, when he wished to communicate with other people.

He celebrated the fact that he defied public convention, declaring ‘I o mancino,’ I am left handed. Left-handed people were called southpaws and accused of practicing witchcraft. The Devil himself was considered to be a leftie.

You see, left–handed children were forced to write with their right hand a practice that continued to the beginning of the 20th century.

Leonardo would have been taught to write with his right hand and most likely only rebelled when he became an adult.

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My apologies to Leonardo for the poor rendition of his likeness.

And what’s with all those pictures?