This is amazing on so many levels…
One Of The Last Confederate Veterans From Florida- Having Claimed To Have Served With The 4th Alabama Infantry From 1864-1865.
"Uncle" Bill Lundy lived in Laurel Hill and Crestview.
He was reported to be one of the last living Confederate Veterans in Florida. The Okaloosa Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the William Lundy Camp, is named for him.
William “Uncle Bill” Lundy outfitted with air pilot gear at Eglin Field during his 107th birthday anniversary. Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/73636http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flocgs/GSOC-OkalHistPhoto.html
Wow…good lesson on “take a shot and see where it gets you…”
Can’t argue with that…
Bohemian Gravity - A Capella Science
The inimitable Adam Savage, co-host of Mythbusters, co-founder of Tested, and BB contributor, closed our Boing Boing: Ingenuity theatrical experience yesterday with ten rules for success that we would all do well to follow.
Rules to live by and ones I am pretty sure my daughters have taken to heart…
A little space humor to brighten your day.
…its always cold in space…I want the job of weatherman for deep space!
How does one teach a child to become a lifetime reader? Is it something that can be taught or just another life choices made somewhere along the line. For myself, I distinctly remember the library of my school when I was in the 5th grade as being a place that I frequented and found books that I would read for hours. What cemented my interest, though, was a copy of The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, that Santa put in my Christmas stocking that same year. I still read voraciously, as does my wife, although I have never inquired as to what got her started. My two daughters are now in their late teens and can also almost always be found with a book nearby. I remember reading to them most nights when they were younger but at some point they took it up for themselves. Aside from that reading, and perhaps the fact that our house has books stacked in every space available for a shelf, I do not remember ever “pushing” them to read. And yet, they not only read constantly, but they both have such a “love” for books that family vacations often find us all wandering for a few hours through local book stores wherever we happen to be. I am also fairly confident that when they read this and see the pic below that I found on http://theblogonthebookshelf.blogspot.ca, they will both want something similar for their eventual weddings…
So my question still remains…is it simply the exposure to books that they grew up with that made them become the readers that they are? Or is it some inheritable gene that got passed from one or both of their parents? The advantages that reading as much as they do have given them already have been very apparent to me and my wife. If a method for evoking this trait in children could be positively identified, it would make a huge difference in the lives of many.
About 15 years ago, when we moved to where we are now in South Florida, my wife and I were discussing Christmas traditions that we should start for our young family. We were in a new place and Christmas was approaching. We saw an announcement for a “Festival of Lights” in a nearby park. It runs from shortly after Thanksgiving through Christmas. You drive through slowly and look at a variety of holiday light displays sponsored by local companies. We decided to get some burgers and go after work one day. 15 years later and it is still a tradition. This year, we figured out what date my older daughter would be home from university and set the date. The light displays change only marginally every year, the burger place we visit has changed occasionally, but we still go. We look for small changes like the huge lit teddy bear which this year seems to have changed which side of the road he sits on, and for new additions, although some of us remember them from the previous years and some are sure that they are new. On the way home, we normally drive through a few local neighborhoods and look at how people have decorated. I am of the firm opinion that you can judge the economy on the basis of these displays. This year looks good. This event always puts me in the holiday mood and is now one of our family traditions. We may eventually move from here but it is something that we will always remember fondly.