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Whisper his name!

Cernunnos, Horned One, is a Gaelic God, often equated to Dis Pater or Pan. Others connect him to Pluto, Underworld god, leading to associations with Satan. Nowadays many think of him as the Green Man, a benevolent God. He takes a fine picture.

Gunfight!

1960, when I was a wee lad, I visited Military Inn, Dearborn Heights, Michigan, with my dad. The combined restaurant/gun museum was built of bricks from an 1830s Michigan fort. It burned down in 1968. I got to meet Roy Scates, a gunfighter pushing 100. While Roy was never famous, his buddy, Bill Tilghman, had a movie made about his life. Thrill for a little boy! (Bill Tilghman photo, cannot find Roy’s)

WAR!

War? Octopolis and Octlantis are 2 Gloomy octopus cities off the coast of Sydney Australia. So far, they are peaceful. Will they team up and attack human civilization? They are extremely intelligent. Those living near the coasts should take precautions. [Editor’s note: Excessive coffee consumption allows Mr. Suddeth’s paranoia to surface]

My favorite blues performer/songwriter/12-string guitarist is Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter 1889-1949). In and out of prison all his life, his song “Goodnight, Irene” hit the top of the charts the year AFTER he died. Why am I thinking of him? One of his best-known songs is “Bourgeois Blues,” about Washington DC. (my favorite song is “Bring Me a Little Water, Sylvie”)

The real Cabbage Patch

Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch by Alice Hegan Rice of Shelbyville Kentucky was a once-famous novel about slum life in Louisville in 1901. Directly south of downtown Louisville, the Cabbage Patch is still thriving. (sorry, no cabbages)

MLK Day

Monday, January 18, 2021 is MLK Day, celebrating Martin Luther King’s birthday. What can I add about a man who gave his life for peace and justice?

The Real Philadelphia Experiment: Rumors about a WW2 destroyer bombarded with electricity and time traveling have been around for years. There was a real Philadelphia Experiment: To prove that lightning was electrical in nature, Benjamin Franklin assembled: kite, wire, silk string, hemp string, key, Leyden jar (crude battery). Static electricity from the clouds filled the Leyden jar. Luckily for him, he didn’t attract lightning, making this the real Philadelphia Experiment.

TROUBLE WI LL FIND YOU

To the Unknown Farmer

Charles Suddeth

Back in 1957 or 58,

Indiana, maybe Michigan,

We halted at a roadside rest,

Cornfields swallowing a picnic table.

We dined on fried bologna

Munched stale potato chips,

Washed down with warm punch,

But that corn sure looked good.

My uncle dropped his sandwich,

Grabbed a wicked hunting knife,

Hacked off several ears of corn,

Filled a couple grocery bags.

At camp that night we feasted,

Hot dogs and corn on the cob.

That was the best corn ever.

How much do we owe you?

It wasn’t Columbus or Vikings. About 800AD Irish monks settled Iceland. The North American plate and the Eurasian plate meet in Iceland, thus it is in both continents, though distance-wise, Iceland is closer to Greenland than Europe. In the photo, a small rift valley lies between the 2 continents.  

The James gang in Kentucky: The parents of the James Bros were Robert James and Zerelda Cole—both born in central Kentucky. After Robert’s death, Zerelda married Dr. Rueben Samuels of Chaplin Kentucky, giving the Bros 4 Kentucky half siblings. The town of Samuels Kentuck is named after the family. The Samuels family is involved with Maker’s Mark distillery.

The Pence Bros. settled in the Chaplin area. 100 miles to the north is Columbus, Indiana where some of the Pence family settled, including Veep Mike Pence (nothing political is implied—I am cousin to a famous Confederate outlaw, Beanie Short)

[TW Samuels mansion, Cox’s Creek, visited by the James Bros]

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