Tragedy, War, Poverty, and Corruption

Cathedral of Holy Wisdom, Kiev, Ukraine. Original completion circa 1031
Cathedral of Holy Wisdom, Kiev, Ukraine. Original completion circa 1031

Ukraine has a population of 42.4 million excluding the territories of Crimea and Sevastopol with another 2.3 million people. The Russian Federation occupied and annexed Crimea and Sevastopol in 2014. Ukraine has a 1,426 mile border to its north and east with the Russian Federation. The original meaning of “Ukraine” was “borderlands.” It also borders Belarus to its north; and Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary to the west. Romania, Moldova, and the Black Sea border it to the south. It is the largest country in Europe excluding the Russian Federation, being slightly larger than France. It is also the second poorest country in Europe, despite its vast farmlands that were once the breadbasket of Eastern Europe. Since February 2014, the Ukraine and Russia have been in a state of on-and- off military actions, often referred to as the Russia-Ukraine war.

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“…Pilgrim history (is) a story which has no end.  It will end only if people suffer a failure of nerve in the quest for basic human rights.  It can honestly be said that ALL who cherish freedom are Pilgrim descendants.”  - Rev. Gary Marks, “Pilgrims Then and Now” Plymouth, Mass. (1990)

(Note:  I don’t pretend to be an authority on Pilgrim History, but I am quite knowledgeable about it, because my wife. who is descended from at least three Mayflower passengers,  is a life-long member of the National/State Society of Mayflower Descendants, and we’ve attended many Mayflower Society meetings together over the years. In the early 1990’s I presented the program for  the Fall meeting of the S.C. Society of Mayflower Descendants.  This and the following two articles will center on these amazing people who, in obeying what they believed were the teachings of their Savior, Jesus the Messiah, changed history!)

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey since 2014.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey since 2014.

Is the Ottoman Empire Rising Again?

Perhaps the Turkish Ottoman Empire did not receive fatal blows with their defeat by Allied Powers in World War I in 1919 and the formation of the Turkish Republic in 1923. Moreover, Western Civilization seems enamored with multiculturalist suicide.

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Ashamed to
Ashamed to "Wrap Yourself in the Flag?" You shouldn't be!

One of the benefits of living a long time is that a person can mentally retrieve many recollections  of people and places and events that were significant to him and to many others, once upon a time.  More and more I find myself drawn to an era and its unique remembrances that has just about disappeared from our people’s mental histories,  a time that is almost as unknown to today’s younger Americans as the time of our great-grandparents was unknown to us.  That time, for me, was the World War 11 era, from the late 1930’s up through the late-1950’s.  That was my “golden age”, and those who shared those halcyon years with me know that in many respects it was a much different, and far better, country then compared to the one in which we live today.  I’m saddened for those of you who will never know how wonderful it truly was.

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On November 4th 2019 from 2pm till 4pm at the Executive Center in Greenville, SC, I attended the Ten At The Top ( TATT) UPSTATE EDUCATION SPECTRUM FALL FORUM.

Executive Director of TATT Dean Hybl welcomed the attendees to the forum and explained the meeting objectives were to, “Develop a shared knowledge of the work-to-date that has focused on aspects of teacher shortage, and Unveil a regional teaching brand as well as evaluate opportunities for k12, higher ed, and business to utilize it.”

The following are my opinions on this meeting.

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Twenty Missions as a B-17 “Flying Fortress” Gunner

Staff Sergeant Sam Robertson, 1945
Staff Sergeant Sam Robertson, 1945

At 144 Lombard Street in Clayton, North Carolina, less than a minute walk to Main Street, is a fascinating reminder of North Carolina’s agricultural heritage. On the front of the warehouse-like building, completed in 1914, are painted two images of mule heads. The name on the building is “BM Robertson Mule Co.”  The business front also advertises “Farm Equipment.” The owner, operator, and son of the founder of that business is Sam Robertson, who celebrated his 102nd birthday on September 25.

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Dr. Anne Livingston, Missionary to Haiti since 1987.
Dr. Anne Livingston, Missionary to Haiti since 1987.

Last time I reviewed how I first met Dr. Anne, and how she prepared for her call from God to be a Christian missionary.  We also reported on some of her “challenges” and victories centered around her work in Haiti, which many, if not most, Americans would consider as being too dangerous and too frustrating.  But as Dr. Anne has amply demonstrated, “with God NOTHING is impossible”, and overcoming problems is a result of strong and fervent prayer, even overcoming a fractured hip on the day before she was to return to the U.S.  Recall that Dr. Anne first went to Haiti in 1987.  I’ll pick up her story at that point:

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