World War II wrought havoc on families around the globe from 1939 to 1945. It ended a few months before I was born. My dad and I met when I was six months old because the atomic bomb was successful.
New generations always need to make their own mistakes to learn about life and time. It's too bad parents can't just hand them a handbook of "here's how it's done" to save them learning time.
Imagine being a health care patient in the United States of America and being unable to get vital medical instruments and supplies. This is a growing dilemma.
Those who still wonder about the circumstances that surrounded the death of President John F. Kennedy may want to read "Death of a President November 1963" by William Manchester.
The presence of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor has affected many immigrants and Americans, but each of us has a list of buildings and places which have directly influenced our own lives.
After 160 years, the best activity for youngsters in the summer in Henry County, Ohio, is still their local Fair. Members of 4-H clubs come together to display their work, and families thrive on it .
All-time leading American Triple Crown races-winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas sends Preakness winner Oxbow against Kentucky Derby champion Orb in the Belmont Stakes, the TC's third jewel. Who wins?
A grandson of the prolific stakes-winners producer A. P. Indy, Orb, enters the 2013 Preakness as the Kentucky Derby winner and carries a grand pedigree.
What do lighthouses mean to mankind? Short verses appear here for the lights!
Advice for writers includes the adage "Write what you know about", but accuracy in subject matter through focused research can be the acid test of an article's worth.
Does you horse demonstate a captive audience attitude? How loyal is your dog? Does he know the word "come"? Would he stray or stay left to his own choices?
How many keyboards can one possibly tolerate in one lifetime? Where there were four rows, now there are all thumbs!
The power of Fall's colors and leaves is explored in little towns many and small filled with poles, signs, and wires!
In the third installment of her series "The Dogs in Our Lives", the author portrays the canine through the eyes of numerous tributes given to him throughout history.
In the author's second story of "Dogs in Our Lives", she describes her adoption of and summer contest adventures with Cee-Cee, a 20-pound Border Terrier/Basenji mix who healed her loss of her beautiful Newfoundland, Ebony.
How memorable are the dogs in your life? The author shares her stories with her exceptional life partners from the canine world, beginning with this Part I about Ebony, the Newfoundland.
What companion is more loyal than the dog? They come in all sizes, shapes, and breeds, yet they are common in one art -- loving the human. Creative craftsmen encourage the honoring of the dog's loyal soul.
How many words do you know? And can you spell them? Read a fun article about students long ago interviewed on their preparations and aspirations to become better spellers and their reasons to compete in school and county spelling bees.
Famed Great Britain author Dick Francis published his autobiography in 1957. He shared his most devastating moment as a jump jockey, inspired by a suggestion made by the son of a family friend. About writing, he said he "drifted" into it rather than chose it.
What will Thoroughbred I'll Have Another accomplish June 6, 2012 in the Belmont Stakes; another Triple Crown championship loss, or the glory of becoming just the twelfth ever American Triple Crown champion?
What does a poem about a soldier's neighborhood reveal?
The truth of fiction is visible, tangible, and powerful. Fiction exposes and dramatizes truth. Fiction is truth told through many different genres.
There are always excuses in Thoroughbred racing. Why didn't this, or that horse win? It's no different exiting the Kentucky Derby, but this time the Thoroughbreds themselves speak out.
Get some tips and thoughts on the 138th Kentucky Derby straight from the horses' mouths!
Dick Francis was a British steeplechase jockey who rode the Queen Mother's horses for the last five years of his career. In 1957, he published his racing autobiography, but he is most well known for his many mystery/thriller fiction novels.
Secretariat still reigns as the speed champion of the Kentucky Derby. Find tidbits on other champions and quotes from trainers and jockeys on the race known as the "Run for the Roses", as well as some history of the Derby traditions.
Can the Corndog Unionists carry out a complete overthrow of Big Blackie's power over their existence and that of their factory-employed sympathizers? Rocky the Newfoundland leads his fellows into the plan to detonate the Big Blackie factories and country outlets.
The Triple Crown of horse racing most often refers to the American running of a series of three races for three-year-olds that determine champions. However, many countries hold a Triple Crown and have internatioal rankings and champions of the racehorse track. Fillies have an opportunity to win a...
Who can save the world's lighthouses? These waterway guards are crumbling and aging everywhere while rescue groups organize to stop their demise.
Famous quarterbacks who have played professionally -- Namath, Montana, Kosar -- and Portsmouth, Ohio's Chuck Ealey have something in common. They can't get into the College Hall of Fame.
How often do you stop to reflect on "thank you"? So many people and events affect each of our lives. Say "thanks"!
Young Jethro, new to Big Blackie Biscuit and Specialty Items, Inc. of Northwest Ohio, cringes when Lady Dill, stricken by The Icky Bug, ambles toward him at lunch break.
Much of the human body is water content, and its organs are primarily made up of water. The cycle of body water content continues throughout life as water orchestrates body performance and maintenance.
Mary and Dick Francis researched 38 mystery-thriller novels that Francis wrote until 2000, when Mary died. Son Felix became a co-author of Francis novels in 2007.
Take a look at some of the history of the Little Brown Jug and the Jugette annually held at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio. This year's Jug and Jugette winners are featured.
Cerberus and Sirius prepare to square off in one of their many battles while Morris and his young German Shepherd son look on. Morris imparts some wisdom to young Dane.
Remember that first innocent "puppy" love? Stroll back to the day.
America's "Dancing With The Stars" -- Is it dancing talent, or popularity that determines the contestants' fate?
How did ten designated states gain their statehood into the United States of America? A brief look at these states -- Ohio, Georgia, Florida, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland -- explains.
The United States of America have varied land masses, from small to medium to gigantic, in comparison to each other. How does the USA's total square miles divide out in the middle states' land acreage?
What are some special facts that make the states of the United States each a unique part of the whole of America? For instance, where was the nation's first sawmill put into service?
It's a dog's world in the year 3050, with only canines roaming what's left of the earth. The great Newfoundland truck driver Rocky makes a key observation while waiting inside the Big Blackie Biscuit and Specialty Items, Inc. of Northwest Ohio biscuit and chainery plant.
The first person protagonists of the novels of Dick Francis and his son Felix Francis create more appeal for the character than they do disadvantage in character description. And Bad Boy l-y adverbs still abound.
A look at early colonial America printing and the artful Revolutionary War letter-writing of John and Abigail Adams eventually brings communication to the 21st Century. Has the new millennium gained or lost ground?
What are pacing and trotting and what necessary equipment is needed for a Standardbred harness racer to perform his appropriate gait?
Outlining and using maps can become valuable tools for the writer of fiction. What methods may work best for individual writers is not a matter of rules.
Davona Dale's spectacular Filly Triple Crown racing season in 1979 was overshadowed by Spectacular Bid's bid for the male Triple Crown. Both Thoroughbreds earned Eclipse Awards.
A Dog's World continues as quality control inspector Charles and press operator Chuck argue about partials.
The locations of 2011's Top Five Cities for canine living may be surprising. DogFancy magazine October, 2011, reveals former editor Susan Chaney's DogTown USA winners.
Great Britain's Dick Francis, jockey turned novelist, wrote bestselling thrillers for five decades. As a wordsmith, his adverbs and strings of adjectives are unique.
Is it a dog's world in 3050? Only canines inhabit the world's remaining lands in this fictional account of conditions in a dog-eat-dog society. condition
Join the vote for the best doomed and desperate movie lovers of the pre-seventies Hollywood era. Who is number one? Bogart and Bergman in Casablanca; Stewart and Novak in Vertigo? Cast your vote!
In March of 2011, fans voted for their favorites in the movie categories of best characters, best animation films, best suspense pictures, best comedies, and best science fiction films. Which would you pick from the lists of the best five in each category? Clark Gable scored high.
Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh scored the highest rated movie kiss of all-time in fan voting revealed in March of 2011. What dialogue one-liners also scored big with movie fans?
The Swedish version of the Hambletonian, America's most revered Standardbred trotting event, is thriving. It was developed from the suggestion by Stefan Holmgren.
How to correctly produce a very long sentence. View a precedent for and the joy of the long-long sentence and its meaning, by James Fenimore Cooper.
Test new ideas for paint by number projects and their variations. Learn how to create framing and hanging methods for paint by number and variation projects.
How can variations on the traditional paint by number project be accomplished? What is their value for adults as well as child novice artists?
Poetry for and tribute to the unwanted horses in America are featured in this article. Adoption and rescue efforts on behalf of unwanted horses continues in almost every American state.
Is the horse racing industry doing enough to help solve the growing problem of unwanted horses? Not only many Thoroughbreds suffer at the end of their lives. All breeds are under duress.
Poetry for Thoroughbred broken bones. Are we doing enough to help prevent this tragedy?
Great American Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup competitors speak for themselves in verses of Haiku. From Smarty Jones and Funny Cide to Big Brown and Zenyatta, these all-out winners recall decisive moments in their careers.
What obstacles lie in front of a Thoroughbred racehorse gunning for a national Triple Crown? Learn what top trainers think about the Triple Crown competitions.
No female racehorses made the first thirty in "Blood-Horse Publications'" "Top 100 Racehorses of the 20th Century" book. On the second fifty list, twenty-one females appear, including 1979 filly Triple Crown winner Davona Dale, who is ranked number ninety.
Who are the female Thoroughbreds ranked below number fifty on the list of the 20th Century's Top 100 racehorses compiled by "Blood-Horse Publications"? How many top females have been named Horse of the Year?
Ruffian, ranked number thirty-five, is the highest rated female racehorse of the 20th Century in "Blood-Horse Publications'" "Top 100 Racehorses of the 20th Century", published in 1999. Only four other females made the book's first fifty rankings.
French import stallion Teddy and his mate Plucky Liege contributed heavily to the list of America's Kentucky Derby winners. Iron Liege, 1957 Derby victor, was just one of their progeny.
Take a ride through Well Said's perfect Little Brown Jug triumph of 2009 and some of the history of the race held annually in Delaware, Ohio. Catch a glimpse of Well Said's pre-race game face.
Bob Baffert-trained Plum Pretty was beaten by It's Tricky, ridden by Eddie Castro, in the Coaching Club American Oaks July 23, 2011. In England on the same day, Godolphin Racing's Rewilding was put down after breaking a cannon bone in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
The names chosen for horses may reveal things about the animal itself or its owners. Hollywood and fictional horses like "The Black Stallion" and "Black Beauty" live on. Alexander the Great tamed Bucephalus.
Blind Luck earned her ticket to the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic by besting Havre de Grace in a hotly contested Delaware Handicap July 16, 2011. The two fillies have clashed repeatedly.
Who are the greatest racehorses of the 20th Century? Check the "Top 100 Racehorses of the 20th Century" list compiled by "Blood-Horse Publications", which names Man o' War number one, and ranks Ruffian number thirty-five.
Tiznow remains the only Thoroughbred to date to win two Breeders' Cup Classic titles. Both his victories were two of the closest winning margins in that event.
Who were the best ever Breeders' Cup Classic champions? Tiznow won twice. Zenyatta, Curlin, Alysheba, Cigar, and Skip Away, among others, competed twice.