Uncle Thor's Lessons, Anecdotes and Humor

Archive for April, 2008

30
Apr

Naud-Y

The word ‘naughty’ derives from the concept of ‘naught’, or nothing. It literally means ‘of naught’. Today, naughty implies childish misbehavior or a penchant for small and trivial offenses. Back in the Renaissance, it meant someone who was very, very bad. A “naughtie personne” was a horrible wrongdoer. In effect, he was described as being […]

30
Apr

Gyfu Bridge

The Bridge is a living Gyfu Rune, for it allows an exchange between two places. It is also like the crossroads, where the route over the bridge crosses a river or road underneath. Indeed, a river is a roadway in its own right. Instead of carts and horses, the river is plyed by boats and […]

29
Apr

What the Heck am I Doing Here?

What the Heck am I Doing Here? It may seem like an old joke, but in the bad old days, it happened. Several of us would go out drinking, and drinking, and wake up the next morning in strange places. We ended up in places that we would not normally visit, and a few times […]

28
Apr

Hard Ball the Hard Way

There is a minor league baseball team nearby called the Lakewood Blue Claws. They are owned by the Phillies. Audrey and I enjoy going to an occasional game. Tickets cost under ten dollars each. There is not a bad seat in the stadium. Between innings they have various stunts and things for the fans. In […]

27
Apr

Glory Daze

Some folks remember their past fondly, and some do not. Some want to relive their “glory days” and others feel that their best days are yet to come. Personally, I am convinced that I have yet to have the best times. As good as things get, there is always potential for even better. People have […]

26
Apr

Confederate Gray

The most popular eras for military history buffs and miniature collectors are the American Civil War, the Napoleonic Wars and World War II. In the United States, the Civil War is the top genre. Overseas, Napoleonics are top, with our Civil War and World War II vying for second place. The two foreign countries with […]

25
Apr

Love and Hate

Some years ago, there was a man who had talent and potential. He also had a particularly nasty, anti-social habit. It got him into plenty of trouble. The man spent time in local jails for it. Because he was a repeat offender, each new incarceration was longer and longer. This man claimed that he hated […]

24
Apr

Superman

Like many folks my age, I had watched the old Superman TV series as a child. It was in reruns at the time, and it came on the same time every weekday. The hero was played by George Reeves, who had the role from 1951 to 1957, when the series ended. By today’s standards, George […]

22
Apr

Earth, Indeed!

Today is Earth Day. It is a holiday invented to promote concern for environmentalism. Every year, politicians make a big to-do about planting trees or some other show of “earth consciousness.” More recently, environmentalism has been attended by the adjective “green.” It all sounds so holistic and organic. Earth Day is becoming more a show […]

22
Apr

Cohesive Victory

Victory goes to those who work together for a greater goal. History shows that cohesion and purpose make an impressive difference. One of the greatest examples is Japan’s war against China during the 20th Century. The contrast between Chinese and Japanese forces was extreme. The Chinese government was a loose confederation of politicians and warlords. […]

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