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  • 2014
    • October
      • THOUGHTS OF ANGELINA JOLIE
        10/07/14
        She is one of the most beautiful women in the world. From the following quotes, she is one of the wisest women in the world.



        "I became an actress because my mom wanted me to become an actress. It took me until my mid-30s to realize I actually didn’t. I actually wanted to

    • March
      • Netanyahu, tear down these Palestinian walls
        03/09/14
        Benjamin Netanyahu, the right wing Prime Minister of the State of Israel comes from a very important historical Jewish family with very deep distrust of non-Jews. He finds cover for harassing Palestinians because the world is more sympathetic of Jews because we are so appalled at the Holocaust and H

  • 2013
    • July
      • GHOSTS
        07/28/13

        BY Laura Hillenbrand

        It is an honor to publish my daughter’s very sensitive reflections
        on her days at Kenyon College where she contacted
        Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which has been a constant misery.


        I lost Kenyon in a driving rainstorm in the spring of 19

      • GEORGE ZIMMERMAN SHOULD SCREEM FOR HELP AGAIN
        07/23/13
        The Martin and Zimmerman families are outstanding and proud families. Both have suffered terrible and needless loss in the death of sons Traylon Martin and now the hounding to death of son George Zimmerman.

        George Zimmerman worked and studied hard to fulfill his dream of becoming a po

    • May
      • MEMORIAL DAY FACES
        05/27/13
        It has been 69 years since last I saw the faces of fellow WWII soldiers Bill Erwin, Dwight Holmes and Harry Kolasa. Although they are deceased they are often in my thoughts and prayers particularly on Memorial Day. Bill and Dwight and I went into the Army from various college Reserved Officers Train

    • February
      • GUN VIOLENCE
        02/05/13
        NRA’s VERY BAD IDEA
        PISTOL PACKING TEACHERS




        In an earlier Blog entry I suggested that guns should be register and regulated just as we register and regulate the motor vehicle which also can be a fatal instrument. A well informed friend points out the folly of the N

    • January
      • LICSENSING FIRE ARMS LIKE AUTOMOBILES
        01/29/13
        The numbers are staggering. It is estimated that there are more than 310 million guns in the U.S. and 254 million registered motor vehicles. It is also estimated that by 2015 annual firearms deaths will edge our vehicle deaths at slightly more that 32,000.each. There have been more than 400 gun deat

  • 2012
    • November
      • FOUR COMRADS REMEMBERED
        11/27/12

        On Veteran’s day and many other days in nearly 70 years I have specials reverence for my entire WWII band of brothers and sisters but with special prayers for four of my closest brothers. They are part of the 400,000 who gave everything.

        The first two were like birth brothers .They

    • October
      • CFS’S FRESH HOPE
        10/05/12
        On March 4, 1933 at the height of the hell of worldwide depression much more severe than this one President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his inaugural inspired our discouraged nation with a remarkable infusion of hope with his admonition “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” For the one million inn

    • August
      • MITT ROMNEY’S FIRST CHOICE
        08/27/12
        Mitt Romney the Republican candidate for President of the United States comes from a very distinguished American family. In the past five years he has for the second time invested his time and money in runs to become President. To win the nomination he has been forced to cater to the far right which

      • President Obama “has thrown in on our side”....
        08/24/12



        (According to the following press release from Bob and Courtney Miller which appeared first on Phoenix Rising (http://PhoenixRising.me), President Obama has shared positive news with them on CFS research in a recent letter).

        _________________

        Aug 17, 2012:
      • PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER
        08/18/12
        As he left the Presidency President Carter’s popularity was at a low mostly because the American humiliation of having Iran imprisoned hundreds of Americans for more than a year. That is changing because of historic developments and his remarkable post-presidency work in constructing housing for t

      • SYRACUSE’S MODERN FIRE ALARM SYSTEM
        08/10/12
        My first significant public administration accomplishment was the first U.S. installation of a completely telephone operated fire alarm system for the City of Syracuse. In 1954 I was Deputy Director of the City’s Bureau of Municipal Research. Aliceann held the same position 10 years later.. Laurence

      • THANKS P&G
        08/09/12


        My Daughter Lisa Hillenbrand is Director of Global Marketing for Proctor and Gamble and is Author of this inspiring article
        Written Jul 29, 2012 11:00am

        No doubt most of you have seen the Thanks Mom campaign that is part of this summer’s London Olympics. June 29th was

    • July
      • HILLENBRANDS AND RACING
        07/17/12



        For those of us who are fans of NASCAR racing the Sunday February 18th 2007 Daytona 500 was spectacular for the 180,000 fans. This is the most unusual sport in the world in that unlike other sports where the champion event comes as the last event of the season,
        in NASCAR the

    • June
      • HOPE FOR CFS VICTIMS
        06/18/12

        It was an honor for the second time to address the Washington D.C summer meeting of Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). My testimony was on the behalf of hundreds of thousands of people like myself who love one of the victims of CFS. I

    • April
      • REMEMBERING 9/11 IS COSTLY
        04/27/12
        REMEMBERING 9/11 IS COSTLY

        “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive
        those who trespass against us.” Matthew 6.9

        Pastor Dean Snyder of Foundry United Church in his Easter Morning sermon cited this passage from the Lord's Prayer to support his contention that with r

    • March
      • GOD'S ETERNAL LAWS NEED CLARIFICATION
        03/09/12

        " Dear Friends,

        I have been greatly moved by Rick Santorum's wise pronouncements, guided by Biblical principles, especially those concerning marriage. Of course he believes that sexual intercouse should be used only for purposes of procreation (he says he has never

    • February
      • STASSEN ON CHURCHILL
        02/11/12

        I had a remarkable experience one evening many years ago. While flying from New York to Washington by chance I sat next to former Governor of Minnesota and perennial (eight times!) presidential candidate Harold E. Stassen. It was late at night and he was in a talkative mood. He recounted hi

      • BIRTH CONTROL AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
        02/11/12


        Surveys confirm that 95% of Roman Catholic women have at sometime in their lives used contraceptives. This is in the face of the prohibition against artificial birth control mandated by the celibate Pope and celibate Church hierarchy. It is also in the face of a profound worldwide concer

      • BIBLE AND SAME SEX MARRIAGE
        02/08/12
        The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde is Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, which includes Montgomery, Prince George’s , Charles , and St. Mary’s Counties. She wrote this article for On Faith


        “The Scriptural argument against same-sex marriage is based on seven references in

    • January
      • NATION BUILDING IS A TEAM SPORT
        01/30/12
        The following is from the Newsletter of Former Senator David Durenberger urging the two parties to come together to solve the huge problems facing our country and the world. The title is his.

        “As president pointed out in his state of the union speech, he inherited two wars he didn’t sup

      • GOD’S FIRST WORDS
        01/13/12
        We chanced upon a radio remark from a Rabi who said,” The Bible is God’s first words not his last words!” Some of these first words have caused massive suffering. A prime example is in the third book of the Old Testament. In Leviticus 18 verse 22. It says, “You shall not lie with a male as with a wo

      • TRULY REMARKABLE MAN
        01/08/12


        Allan Kiron was born in Poland May 25, 1929. He died on Tuesday December 27, 2011 in Washington on the last day of Hanukkah. He had every reason to hate everyone, God included. His mother and most of his family most probably died in the gas chambers. He survived from four years of the

      • FIGHTING INJUSTICE
        01/07/12
        Web brousing reveals that John Wesley the founder of the Mehodist movement in his writings called “American slavery the vilest that ever saw the sun”. The last letter that John Wesley wrote was to William Wilberforce, a man who had been converted under Wesley's ministry and who was a member o

  • 2011
    • October
      • WHERE ARE THE JOBS OF YESTERYEAR?
        10/04/11
        Where is the milk man; coal man; bread man; ice man; knife sharpener; rage man; shoemaker; tailor; seamstress; shirt launderer; bellhop; clerk; secretary; corner traffic cop; street sweeper; cooper; well diviner ; fortuneteller; funereal mourner; gas station attendant; elevator operator; telephone

    • August
      • RUSH LIMBAUGH THE AMERICA TALIBAN ‘S PROPHET
        08/16/11
        A friend has called Rush and his right wing Republicans an American Taliban. Rush is their Prophet. He keeps them entertained and happily misinformed. He calls them “Ditto Heads”. Their commentaries give the impression that they are left out of the mainstream, not well educated or well informed

    • April
      • A U.S. CHAMPION IN ICE DANCING
        04/26/11

        And a Proud Father, Bernard F. Hillenbrand


        On April 17 in Salt Lake, Utah my 52 year old 6.2 ft 200 pound son John Hillenbrand and his partner Jessi Gilmore won the 2011 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championship in bronze ice dance. They were awarded Gold Medals.

        He

      • MY LAST DAY IN COMBAT
        04/21/11
        MY LAST DAY IN COMBAT

        By PFC Bernard F. Hillenbrand.

        My first day in infantry combat was off Omaha Beach, France well after D-Day. As an infantry replacement I was disembarking from the Belgian troopship Leopoldville (which was sunk on Christmas Eve drowning several hundred so

      • A MISNAMED MYSTERY DISEASE
        04/21/11
        A MISNAMED MYSTERY DISEASE

        Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is one of many mystery diseases not in the public eye because it is incorrectly named; has no prominent victim; has been cruelly ridiculed and is only diagnosed when its symptoms do not match any other diseases. Most humans after

  • 2010
    • October
      • SAME SEX MARRIAGES
        10/19/10


        We Americans at any one time has focused our disrespect and even hatred upon various groups. Historically this includes Indians; Irish; Chinese; communists; Japanese-Americans; German-Americans; Africans; Jews and Muslims. For example our United States Constitution declared that for repr

    • September
      • ANOTHER CRAZY JONES!
        09/10/10
        The last crazy Jones was Jim Jones the religious leader of ‘‘Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple” in Guyana who lead 900 of his followers to commit mass suicide The new Crazy Jones is Rev Terry Jones. He is pastor of a very tiny church in Gainesville Florida. He is not affiliated with any Christian denominati

    • May
      • Lisa Hillenbrand on Billie Jean King
        05/15/10

        Lisa Hillenbrand Director of Global Marketing at Proctor and Gamble with her dog Biscuit.

        The Cincinati Inquirer ran this story on May 9, 2010.We share it because she is our daughter and because it has a poweerful message. Here is the story.

        We had standout figures

      • SOME GUN OWNERSHIP--LEGAL BUT IMMORAL
        05/03/10


        The Washington Post on April 28 reported that Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry while jogging killed a coyote with single shot from his laser sighted pistol. He says he shot because the coyote was attacking his daughter’s dog.

        The story goes on to report that in Texas you a

    • April
      • THE BLAME FOR SLAVERY
        04/30/10


        Slavery particularly as it was practiced in the United States was brutal and humiliating for the slaves and we now know it was degrading for the enslavers. Our nation paid a terrible price in blood and treasure in our Civil War. The consequences persist to this day. It has been suggested

      • HATE CAN KILL
        04/19/10
        Leaders of the Faith Community passionately support the constitutional right to peacefully assemble as they often have in causes such as support of civil rights and ending wars. They assembled again on April 15 on the steps of the National Church ON Thomas Circle to support the right of the Tea Part

  • 2009
    • December
      • Family Gathering
        12/18/09


        Here are the combined familes of Aliceann and me on the ocassion of my 80th birthday. Laura Hillenbrand and her husband Borden Flannigan were not present because of health concerns.

      • A GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT
        12/11/09


        A tribute to Jack Lamping

        During WWI in the French Army soldiers often pledged to each other a final salute called a Tontine. Small groups of comrades would purchase a bottle of brandy to be placed in safe keeping until the last soldier surviving in the group would open the

    • November
      • My Partner
        11/16/09

        Aliceann shows her joy at her birthday present---repair of her dented fender.

    • October
      • VISIONARIES IN OUR MIDST
        10/22/09

        VISIONARIES IN OUR MIDST
        Ordinary People who are Changing our World

        A new book by
        Allison Silberberg



        Each time a man stands up for an ideal,
        or acts to improve the lot of others,
        or strikes out against injustice,
        he sends forth a tin

      • WAR WAS NOT THE ANSWER
        10/20/09



        “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over
        again and expecting a different result” Albert Einstein

        The decision by President Barack Obama to twice increase the number of troops makes Afghanistan Obama’s War. He is now counseling with his adv

    • September
      • PHOEBE SINGS
        09/18/09
        Below is a photos of Granddaughter Phobe and here are summaries of some of our discussions with her:


        Phoebe Can I be a fireman?

        YES IN YOUR IMAGINATION. IMAGINATION IS GOOD FOR YOU, IT EXORCISES YOUR BRAIN.

        Do you have a favorite boy?
        YES. HIS NAME IS BENJ

      • PHOEBE SINGS
        09/18/09
        Granddaughter Phoebe Ann Fritschler will be five years old on September 25, 2009. She is seen here singing one of her many favorits "PUFF THE MAJIC DRAGON". Aliceann and I record some recent comments she shared on a range of subjects. BFH

      • WEDNESDAY CLERGY FELLOWSHIP
        09/17/09
        WEDNESDAY CLERGY FELLOWSHIP

        AND RACEISM

        For many years I have been a member of the Wednesday Clergy Fellowship a group of largely African-American pastors with active church ministries in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Its major purpose is spiritual. Each weekly meeting

      • Church Meeting
        09/17/09
        My friend Alphonso Harrod seen at church reunion.

      • STOP THE WARS
        09/14/09
        Quaker Anti War Lawn Poster



        The Quakers have it right! Their poster pictured on our Oliver Street lawn is clear. WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER. During most of my adult life we have been at war. Since the end of the Cold War we have not been able to win a single one of these wars.

    • August
      • SQUEAKY’S LIST?
        08/07/09
        SQUEAKY’S LIST?


        It has just been announced that Lynette A. Fromme a would-be assassin will be released from federal prison on August 16. Also known as Squeaky, she was part of a group known as the Manson family some of whose members killed the actress Sharon Tate and six other peop

    • March
      • MAKING LIFE MEANINGFUL
        03/18/09
        MAKING LIFE MEANINGFUL

        My good friend and neighbor Allan Kiron is both a survivor of Auschwitz but a poet as well. More than this he is an inspiration on how to make life meaningful. He is full of compassion but is also full of fight. He is guided by high ideals but keenly aware of “man

    • January
      • AN INSPIRING OPTIMIST
        01/17/09
        I served as Associate Pastor of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church. It is a magnificent building on Washington’s Massachusetts Ave. a few blocks from the White House. It stands out with its gigantic Greek columns. As the cornice indicates it is the
        Methodist Episcopal Church South. T

      • KENNEDY’S INAGURAL
        01/12/09
        As we approach the historic moment of inaugurating our first African-American president I think back to the famous inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. It was enormously important for me personally because the event killed forever the idea that we could never have a Roman Catholic president..

  • 2008
    • November
      • OBAMA AND THE LOAVES AND FISHES
        11/17/08
        The Gospels record several instances of this miracle, with small differences in details. In the best known, Jesus was preaching to a crowd of thousands who grew hungry and needed to be fed. Only five loaves and two fishes could be found. He blessed the food and then commanded his disciples to distri

    • October
      • OSAMA BIN LADEN
        10/23/08


        Osama bin Laden the world's most despicable terrorists on 9/11 simultaneously struck the New York Trade Center and the Pentagon. killing more than 3,000 innocent Americans and others. The first target was a symbol of American dominance of the world of finance. The second was a sym

    • September
      • Grand Summer
        09/09/08
        Grand Summer

        For Aliceann and I who have decided to “age in place,” this has been a grand summer. We are healthy. Our home is like a shore vacation.. We get into our pool in seconds. No packing for the beach or concern for bridge traffic. This summer however began on the dark side. We h

    • June
      • OBAMA’S FATHER’S DAY SERMON
        06/24/08

        Bob Herbert in a June 21st New York Times piece summarized the importance of Obama's Father's Day Sermon. He noted that “In 2006, a majority of births to women under 30 (50.4%) were out of wedlock. Nearly 80% of births among black women were out of wedlock”. By comparison in 1960 t

    • May
      • MOTHER’ DAY EMBARASSMENT
        05/02/08


        Picture of Mothers' Day Pin


        I was searching through some old boxes of memorabilia when I came across a little white box was a small handwritten note on the cover. It was my mother's handwriting. She said,” I wear this every Mother's Day. It's a

    • April
      • PLUS FROM BUSH 43
        04/25/08
        A PLUS FROM BUSH 43

        This is amazing. Bush has already earned a big credit for his legacy. Because his administration has been such a disaster we have an opportunity for political equality for women and for blacks. We at last have a woman and a black as Presidential Candidates.

      • FOR GOD'S SAKE BRING THEM HOME
        04/23/08

        We are destroying our United States ground forces!

        Osama bin Laden is winning militarily. The Bush/ Cheney war in Iraq is systematically destroying American ground forces. As we start the sixth year U.S. forces have suffered more than 30,000 casualties with more than 4000 killed.

      • HOLDING HANDS WITH THE POPE AND THE PRESIDENT
        04/23/08
        HOLDING HANDS WITH THE POPE AND THE PRESIDENT

        The news coverage of the visit of Pope Benedict reminds me of the October 6, 1979 White House Visit of Pope John Paul as the guest of President Jimmy Carter. I was invited to attend the ceremony on the White House lawn. My son John was wit

  • 2007
    • November
      • SALUTE TO MY COMRADES
        11/11/07
        SALUTE TO MY COMRADES



        November 11, 2007

        I share this personal World War II experience in response to an invitation to do so by Ken Burns creator of The War on PBS.

        On this 2007 Veterans’ Day I want to salute my two closest comrades in World War II, Bi

      • MY WAR
        11/01/07
        MY WAR
        November 1, 2007

        “War is at best barbarism… it is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood , more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.” General William Tecumseh Sherman

        As the years have p