Friday, June 14, 2013

The Art of Manliness: How to fold a Flag

Do you know how to fold a Flag?

June 14th Flag Day

I’m writing this post today in regards to how to fold a flag to commemorate the adoption of the United States Flag by the Second Continental Congress in 1777. I hadn't folded a fly in awhile and decided to look up how to fold it. The Art of Manliness website was one that offered entertaining instructions on this and other bygone year’s daily routines; like how to tie a bow tie, give a manly handshake, and other manly skills.

My reason for folding the flag came when the manager of our complex asked me do I know where to take flags that are tattered and needed to be retired. I answered in the affirmative. He then proceeded to give me five flags rolled up in a ball with disregards to the respect and honor they deserved. I did not refuse them because I felt I needed to provide tender loving care and return them to some semblance of glory before turning them over to the Catholic War Veterans for a proper disposal. There are other organizations that also provide this service; local Boy Scout Troops, American Legion and Camps of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

In today’s busy world, so many forget how to provide the daily courtesies once thought of as common practice. Technology advances have isolated us as much as they have helped us in our genealogy research. Schools funding sometimes leads to eliminating what they consider fluff classes like sewing, cooking- the homemaking skills. 

My goal is to continue teaching those skills even if it is through the technology that isolates us. I know my family goes to their computer, smart phone, or I-Pad using Google, Bing or whatever search engine they have to find the information they need. I blog with compassion of saving all that is our heritage: daily skills, ancestors and their history.

The Art of Manliness is not gone just a little forgotten until we take a moment to remind our loved about those skills. I hope you enjoy reading the Flag Ceremony as presented in the following PDF link.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Where in the State is Mom?: Graduation Reflections

Where in the State is Mom?: Graduation Reflections: Pinkerton Academy original Buildings This time of year is when I reflect on my own graduations over the years from the differen...

Graduation Reflections

Pinkerton Academy original Buildings

This time of year is when I reflect on my own graduations over the years from the different schools I attended; Pembroke Academy, New Hampshire Technical Institute of Portsmouth and Springfield College now known as Southern New Hampshire University. My own children graduated Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire one of the oldest continuing running schools in America.

Pinkerton Academy will be celebrating it's 200th anniversary in 2014. The Spring 2013 Pinkerton Alumnus  provides a brief history of Pinkerton Academy and information of the upcoming celebration. 

Robert Frost, the well known American poet, Pulitzer Prize, taught at Pinkerton from 1906-1911.

Notable alumni are numerous that include: first Astronaut in space, Alan Shepard; former president of Dartmouth College,Samuel Colcord Bartlett; American Olympic ice hockey player, Tricia Dunn; Civil War Brevet Brigadier General, Aaron Fletcher Stevens; among many others over the years.

I join in celebrating my brother's and niece's graduations. My brother will be ordained on 8 June 2013 as an interfaith minister. My niece will graduate from my Alma mater, Pembroke Academy on 16 June 2013. 

The list of those graduating is excellent informational source for genealogist and families looking for their ancestors. That possibly could include someone from Harvard as early as 1642. 

Harvard in Cambridge,  Massachusetts has a list of their graduates all the way back to 1642, when nine colonists graduated. In 1634, ground was broken for the "College at Newtowne", later to become known as Harvard,  just fours years after families from the Winthrop Fleet settle the Watertown, Massachusetts area. 

Dear Myrtle would say "Happy Family Tree Climbing."

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