We’re Globetrotting, Sort Of

Posted in Life, Nature, Pets, Technology, Traveling with tags on November 16, 2014 by Morguie

Hi there everyone…Mousie and CJ coming to you from Daytona Beach, Florida. Last week was a bit overwhelming and we weren’t able to post our upcoming plans to be away for this week. Now that we are 3000 miles from home, we find there are problems staying in touch. We are currently experiencing some technical issues with connectivity, so this may be the only chance to get thru.  bloodyheadbangWe are sending our love and a pic of tonight’s lovely sunset as it was seen from our 6th floor west-facing balcony…the east-facing view from our place is, well, boring…just an ocean full of waves coming in, going back out, repeat, repeat, repeat. Boring.

Later this week, Mousie gets his wish and will go to Uncle Mickey’s Disneyworld. CJ is just hoping Mousie doesn’t get lost in the baggage shuffle again like he did in Omaha last month.

Have a lovely week. We’ll be back soon with pics from the latest adventure.


A Super-Important Message For Our Readers

Posted in American Military, Death, Depression, Friendship, Gratitude, Grief, Heroism, History, Holidays, Hope, IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT, Legacy, Life, Loss, Memorialization, Patriotism, Personal Opinion, Politics, Readers Opinion, Remembrance, Soldiers, Tragic death, Veterans, WAR with tags , on November 12, 2014 by Morguie






W A R N I N G:  Mild expletives and strong tone are contained in this very important message.


Shit is about to get real in here today, and we NEVER, EVER plan to reiterate this message or revisit the reasons we felt forced to post it.


Message To ALL of Our Readers:

After much thought and consideration, we have decided to address a situation which came about, by way of a comment from a reader.  The situation: a reader decided to take a considerable amount of time to make a comment which we considered to be very strongly inflammatory, abrasive, and likely to offend others who come here… in light of the fact this person chose Veteran’s Day and Remembrance Day to make this rant, we have decided to file this particular visitor under the “Flamethrower” tab in our Rolodex. The comment has been placed HERE and not marked “approved” in its original location. http://wp.me/p3m3ZG-1Vv

Why do we even give him the attention he obviously craves, you ask? 

We are giving him a center-stage role here today to make something of an example, to others who may be able to learn more about US, what this blog is about, who runs shit here, and what and who will or won’t be welcome or tolerated here. We really haven’t had to worry about doing this before now.  We feel now is the time to make a CLEAR statement. Crystal.Clear.


 Otherwise, known as the Rules of Engagement; we reserve the right to make them, break them, stretch them, or jettison them. W E.


before we entertain this comment and give the stage up to ‘mytiturk’, we first want to be sure our loyal, gentle, and extremely appreciated followers and readers know this:

Morguie and I absolutely adore all of you. We are truly honored to be thought of as worthy of your time, your friendship, your interest, and the love you have shown us. Without you, this effort and our hope to make this blog into something unique and personally rewarding would have been a failure for us in more ways than one.

An epic failure.

We might even go as far as to say YOU may have possibly even saved our lives…it’s not quite THAT dramatic, perhaps…unless you consider the dark days we were living in the beginning of this venture. Depression over the need to ‘re-invent’ ourselves after an office closure forced a lay-off which had turned into ‘long-term’ unemployment (in spite of having a wide array of skills, experience, achievement, certifications, licenses, and education). Never having had to worry about being out of work was something we never thought we’d experience. Always worked; found we were excellent at managing to adapt and learning new, valuable skills along a life-time of great work environments, career fields, etc.  This blog pretty much saved us from the worst depths of despair, in short. We always knew we could put words together — been told over the years by a great many that we had a real talent for putting pen to paper.  We didn’t know. What we did know was that we had to find a way, some way, to get out of the pit of doom and hopelessness we were in. With the encouragement and support of only those closest to us, we jumped in with both feet.*      * CJ had Morguie in a pocket so HIS feet didn’t count ;)

What was once just a pipe-dream — to someday earn a bit of success or feel some personal accomplishment— has been to become a real author or writer. The silly little dream became a goal and now, a reality…almost entirely thanks to YOU.  Our plan was to step off in this arena and build connections and confidence, so that we might be able to gain the attention of someone who thought we deserved a shot at trying our hand in an even bigger arena: somewhere in a bona fide, recognized place and PUBLISHED place. We can proudly say, that has happened* — it would never have happened without this blog and more importantly, YOU.    *NOTE: CJ has been a monthly featured contributing author of her own column in “Mortuary Management” magazine, since December 2013…with over 10,000 subscribers, the magazine is a trade publication of distinction for 100 years, for funeral professionals, allied trades and service providers of death care related products and

You see, this blog was born at a time of great instability and personal fragility. If not for our friends here, it wouldn’t have gotten off the ground, much less enjoyed well over 500 followers and over 10,000 hits in the 18 months it has been here. To us, this is something we have become quite proud of. Many readers here are also bloggers…bloggers who have stats that make us pale in comparison…and accomplishments far beyond our own. Some are prolific book writers and published artists. We just want ALL of OUR CHERISHED FRIENDS to know we owe you so much..”thank you” doesn’t begin to express our gratitude and love for you.


NOW…we present the flamethrower, who, as we said, chose to make THIS comment on a post concerned with honoring our Veterans around the world. It doesn’t deserve a place on our blog, but at the same time, we want to show that we do indeed respect the fact that people are entitled to their personal opinions. We understand that we won’t always share the same feelings, beliefs, or ideas that others may have. We try never to step onto thin ice with subjects of deeply controversial issues…matters which pit people against each other.


1. That isn’t our objective. 2. It results in hostility, ill-will, and often leads to destructive, despicable behaviors. 3. It serves no valuable purpose. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY:     WE RUN SHIT HERE. THIS IS OUR BABY, OUR CANDYSHOP, OUR “Thing.” WE don’t welcome anything or anyone who comes in here with the sole purpose of pissing people off or otherwise causing a load of hate and discontent.


If anyone finds our policy in contradiction to their liking or intentions within our site, we respectfully suggest that this is not the place to visit. There are literally MILLIONS of other websites and bloggers in cyberspace…there are sure to be much more suitable to your tastes and pleasure.



Preface: The comment may have been acceptable to us IF the tone (actually the OMISSION of them would have been far better)  of the very last 3 sentences of the rant hadn’t felt to us like an attempt to bully, intimidate, or lambaste  us for our support and observance of what is to us, a special day honoring our military for the work they do to free other people from the oppression and tyranny of evil governments and the despots ruling them. THE LAST 3 SENTENCES were ugly and intended to cause a shit-storm, in our opinion. (Marked with * *)

WAR IS A PART OF Real life . We make no excuses for why they happen. Our soldiers have nothing to do with causing them as they carry out orders and do battle as directed. Yes, unfortunately all kinds of innocent people are killed and it is a horrible tragedy. People who proclaim them only to be about taking resources away for the spoils are obviously in sore need of a REAL education of the world’s history.

‘mytiturk’ spews his vitriol safely , THANKS to others who had the balls to defend that right and even give up their lives so the a-hole coward wouldn’t have to live in fear for speaking his piece. That is the extent of our response to this person’s comment. (BTW, The post he was directing comment to wasn’t our own, it was a re-blogged piece from another writer)

So to be clear:  THIS IS OUR POLICY over OUR BLOG.

RULES: We reserve the right to make them, break them, stretch them, or jettison them. WE. Period. Thank you. We also will not tolerate any commentary which serves to create any further vitriol in this particular post. If there is anybody wishing to blast us, you are wasting your energy — find something to read at some other site. It is silly to hang around here for such a reason. It makes you look like an asshole, too.

 ‘mytiturk’ says:

‘The very statement that soldiers die to protect something like “our freedoms” assumes that the majority of wars entered into by a country are simply protecting the freedoms of its people. In fact, the vast majority of wars are about securing power or precious resources for the country that wages them. The individual soldier’s pathos and heroism (never in doubt) is used to silence those who oppose war. “To oppose war is to diminish the goodness and sacrifice of the hero. How can you do that?” The planet cannot sustain the insane scale of world resources allocated to killing. The more immoral, greedy wars we wage, the more we need to keep these “freedoms” illusions in the front of the population’s “consciousness.” It shuts up the person who sees through the hypocrisy and shuts down dialogue. The tragedy is in the incredible, diverse sufferings of those good, simple people who wage these immoral foreign wars and die or return with untold physical and emotional wounds – and in the far larger numbers of the “enemy” who are harmed. One example: 500 000 Iraqi children died due to the sanctions applied during the decade of “peace” between the two Iraq wars – sanctions that destroyed Iraq’s ability to purify its water supply and prevented medicines from entering that country. If, somehow, there were a light at the end of this immoral tunnel, a Malthusian might justify it on selfish grounds. The irony is that militarization is not going to have any long term winners. **So spare me the glorification of war at every major sports event and the callous exploitation of our own soldiers’ to continue the race to oblivion. Remembrance Day itself is being used to feed the naive patriotism that feeds the profitable War Machine. If we truly loved our soldiers we would not treat them as a renewable, disposable commodity and churn them out like car parts.’


So to the Flamethrowers, we invite you to our furnace, or you can just get OUT. Trolls are not welcome here. 

Our Love, to the rest of you fine people…  CJ and Mousie

©2014, C.S.Thompson.

The mini incinerator

Special Feature : Veteran’s Day 2014

Posted in American Flag, American Military, bereavement, Cemetery, Death, Faith, Family, Funeral, Funerary Customs, Heroism, History, Holidays, Legacy, Life, Loss, Memorialization, Mourning, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Patriotism, Remembrance, Soldiers, Thought For Today, Tradition, Veterans, Video Clips, Vietnam War, WAR, WWII with tags , , on November 11, 2014 by Morguie

Honoring the Fallen…here and in many, many other media, as well as most cemeteries, and military establishments, there will be honors, tributes, and ceremonies …we thought we would try to find something to present that most of us have never seen or been aware of, when it comes to ‘cultural’ differences in  various military funerary customs. The beauty and solemnity of the rituals in the clip below will surely leave an impression on you that won’t easily be forgotten.

God Bless All Who Serve In Defense of Their Country and to preserve Freedom, Liberty, and Human Rights which come at terrible expense through the bloodshed of war.


Please take a moment to see this clip of a U.S. Marine being honored by his Native American Lakota community in:

US Marines Lakota Indian Warrior Burial Ceremony


Dear School Principal: Why Are You Against Veterans Day?

Posted in American Military, Children, Family, Guest Post, Heroism, History, Holidays, Life, Patriotism, Remembrance, Soldiers, Thought For Today, Tradition, Veterans, Video Clips, WAR with tags , , , on November 10, 2014 by Morguie



WE FOUND A VERY PROVOKING PIECE in ‘Military.com Forums’ and thought we would share it with you today…it is followed by Starbucks Chairman,President, and CEO Howard Schultz’ video “For Love of Country.”

 God Bless America.




By Jacey
Dear School Principal: Why Are You Against Veterans Day?
Why would school principals object to asking students to mark Veterans Day? After all, it is an official United States
holiday and a federal holiday created to honor the military veterans who have served this country, sometimes dying
for this country.
Is it too much to ask students with a parent or sibling in uniform to bring in a photo? Is it too much to ask a vet to visit
the classroom or for students to write a letter? Some people think so.
Is noting Veterans Day too much to ask?
Ron Astor, a professor at the University of Southern California School of Social Work was shocked this year when he
got pushback against marking Veterans Day from civilian principals in the Los Angeles area.
Every year, Astor asked his graduate students who are serving internships in schools to find a way to mark Veterans
Day. The USC School of Social Work has done some excellent work centered on military children in schools over the
past several years. Their research has shown that creating the kind of public school environment in which educators
are sensitive to military students’ needs and circumstances can help to increase resiliency among military children.
That resiliency is something we all swear that we want for military kids. And the celebrations at various schools have
been met with warmth over the past few years. So what’s the big deal now?
Veterans Day a problem for some civilian principals
In his essay in the Huffington Post, Astor found that suddenly it was a big deal. Principals complained to him that this
would take time away from “academic learning.” Others said that Veterans Day wasn’t a big deal at their school since
they didn’t have a large military population—even though the research shows that one of the problems with military
kids is that they become invisible in schools. Astor wrote:

One principal was seriously concerned that we were violating the confidentiality of families by asking
them for photos of family members or by inviting veterans to speak at school–as if being a military or
veteran family is a clinical, psychological, or medical condition.

Is this the reaction our veterans can expect from schools in years to come?
In the past 13 years of war, the country has been glad to salute the military, glad to contribute to nonprofits, glad to
host a pancake breakfast to benefit wounded warriors or hoist a flag on July 4.
But now we are entering a time when the last Marine combat unit has left Afghanistan and the remaining troops
scramble to get all their equipment home by the December 31 deadline. Yet, even now as we are sending troops out
to deal with Ebola and Navy ships continue on their round of deployments, the urgency to recognize the military and
the contribution of our veterans fades.
In some ways, I’m sure that is how it should be — the natural ebb and flow of human interest.

Yet isn’t that why we have a Veterans Day, so that even in the busyness of a year we take a day to mark the service
of all those who donned a uniform to protect the rest of us?
It is one day. It is 15 minutes in homeroom to ask if any students have a family member in uniform. It is a 30 second
note of how many people in our state currently serve and how that affects the economy. It is a math problem that
invokes the budget of the Department of Defense. It is a moment in a history class or geography class or social
studies class to notice the sacrifices made and the historical gains created by those who served.

It is one day, School Principal. Veterans Day is November 11.

And, really, it is not too much to ask.



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