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I came across an old photo recently and pondered the people in it. The person in the centre was my late brother, Norman G. Donald of the RAF. The other figures in the photo I do not know, though I suspect they were his flight instructors at North Battleford, Canada. The photo bears my brother�s script �KING-PINS ALL!�N. BATTLEFORD.�
After qualifying as a pilot, he sailed back to England and was posted to RAF Hunsdon just north of London in 1942. He was soon flying Douglas Havocs and Bristol Beaufighters.
Night fighters were a new school of defence, but it was hopeless finding enemy aircraft in the dark. The Turbinlite device was fitted to the Beaufighters and Havocs, and the idea was to find the enemy somehow, guided by ground control using heavy ground radar units (too heavy to carry in aircraft), turn on the Turbinlite searchlight, and illuminate the enemy aircraft. A single-engined Hurricane fighter flying alongside then shot down the enemy aircraft. It did help to see the target as this same sky was full of thousands of Allied aircraft, all trying to avoid each other.
My Journey as a WWII Marine tells the personal story of lived experiences as an enlisted Marine who very quickly continued his tour of duty in the leadership role as 2nd Lieutenant. The author wanted to write a book to provide a glimpse of what it was like as a Marine to live through one of the most important wars of our country. John was assigned to a specialty area of service that required him and his men to be on the field of battle to provide those services in the Pacific. �We had to be prepared to do anything that was needed, especially as we were taking small islands to put down the Japanese�. Throughout the book, John guides the reader to experience what it was like through his eyes as a WWII Marine.
His dream was football….
Since he was eight years old, author, Daniel Kelly, was a fan in every sense of the word. Every Sunday revolved around the game. He ate, breathed and lived for the game that he loved. He was even able to meet his favorite team and get autographs and pictures taken with many of his heroes. Over the years, his passion and obsession continued to grow.
Then on his seventeenth birthday he was given a book that forever changed his life. It was a book about scouting. He couldn't put it down. He thought this is what I want to be; I want to be an NFL scout. He began recording college football games off of television and he'd race through his homework to practice writing scouting reports. When the rest of his high school typing class was working on their assignments, he was sitting in the back of the class typing up his scouting reports. He was so hoping his hard work might land him an internship, but nothing happened. Yet, he did not give up.
He graduated from high school, but soon after dropped out of a small community college. He went to work for different companies, businesses and industries, but he could not deny football was still in his blood. He finally realized he had to go for it; he just had to give his dream one last chance. So, he put together a plan to do something that had never been done before. But, would it work this time? Find out how he pursued his childhood dream and became part of the NFL in Whatever it Takes.
This book is written for everyone in search of happiness.
People like you and I alike: Big or little, old or young. Strong or weak. Tall or short, male or female. Green or purple.
In these pages lie the secrets of one man�s quest for happiness, and he finds it in abundance through self-realization, patience, and the recognition of God�s love.
It is inspired by all the low moments in one�s life, by all the past things that have occurred in our lives, whether it is someone or something that we cared about or a situation that we could not control.
If for some reason you�re not happy,
READ THIS BOOK!
It should help you realize all the love and beauty that surround you. It will teach you something about yourself. It will give you what you need to feel good, give you a sense of purpose and value. Make you understand how important you are. And help you to learn
THIS IS THE STORY OF THE 445TH HEAVY BOMBER GROUP THAT FLEW A WWII MISSION FROM TIBENHAM, ENGLAND TO BOMB HENSCHEL MOTOR WORKS IN THE AREA OF KASSEL, GERMANY. THE HENSCHEL MOTOR WORKS MANUFACTURED PANZER AND THE ENTIRE WARTIME INVENTORY OF TIGER II TANKS FOR THE GERMAN ARMY. OF THE 35 B-24 LIBERATOR HEAVY BOMBERS THAT LEFT THE TIBENHAM AIR FIELD THE MORNING OF SEPTEMBER 24, 1944, ONLY 4 RETURNED THAT AFTERNOON. EACH B-24 BOMBER WAS FLOWN BY 10 OR 11 MAN CREW. DUE TO REASONS UNKNOWN, FOR OVER 70 YEARS, THIS BOMBER GROUP WAS WITHIN TWO MINUTES OF REACHING THE HENSCHEL MOTOR WORKS TARGET ON ITS BOMB RUN, WHEN SUDDENLY, THE FORMATION DEVIATED AWAY FROM THE BOMB RUN. LEAVING BEHIND ITS FIGHTER ESCORTS AND THE DEFENCES OF SURROUNDING BOMBER GUARDS AND BOMBED ARGUABLY THE WRONG TARGET (GOETTINGEN). ISOLATED FROM THE FIGHTER AND BOMBER STREAM PROTECTION, THE 445TH WAS ATTACKED BY OVER 120 GERMAN FIGHTER INTERCEPTORS EQUIPPED WITH 20mm AND 30mm CANNONS RESULTING IN 28 OF THE 35 BOMBERS BEING DESTROYED WITHIN A PERIOD OF 3-4 MINUTES IN THE MOST INTENSE AERIAL COMBAT ENCOUNTER WITH THE GREATEST PERCENTAGE LOSSES EVER RECORDED IN MILITARY AVIATION HISTORY. THE INTENSE ATTACK RESULTED IN THE LOSS OF 117 USAAF AIRMEN AND 18 GERMAN PILOTS. WITNESSES ON THE GROUND SAID IT SEEMED LIKE THE OVERCAST ABOVE WAS RAINING DOWN AIRPLANES AND PARACHUTES. THE OFFICIAL USAAF CONCLUSION PENNED OCTOBER 23, 1944 WAS TO BLAME THE LEAD BOMBER CREW FOR NAVIGATIONAL ERROR, SPECIFICALLY THE RADAR NAVIGATOR. WE OFFER TWO OTHER FAR MORE SENSIBLE THEORIES AS TO THE CAUSE AND EFFECT, EITHER ONE OF WHICH BY NECESSITY LED TO AN 8TH AIR FORCE COVER UP.
A hilarious, irreverent, and utterly original exploration of the hidden traps in multicultural experiences that confront the Buenaventura Clan as it flees its South American country’s political turmoil. Confident that their wealth will smooth their entry into a new society, the Buenaventuras are ill prepared for the spiny issues that arise at every turn. Using magic realism as her canvas, the author explores the seemingly minor yet utterly significant differences—be they religious, political or gender-driven—that lie at the core of the traditions that define and anchor us as individuals.
This book tells the story of a survivor of World War II. With the help of a lifelong friend, a grandmother, and a devoted godmother, Josefine Kloibock was able to overcome years of homelessness in her tiny homeland of Austria, eventually to make a new life in America. One aspect of the war frequently overlooked by historians is the near idyllic period of almost five years during which Austria enjoyed an economic revival while the war raged on all sides. After the annexation in 1938, Austria became a part of Germany, and Adolf Hitler took good care of his homeland. Not until late 1943 did this period of the �good life� come to an end, when Austria came within range of Allied bombers based in Italy and North Africa.
It wasn�t until years later that Josie came to realize the atrocities and crimes against humanity perpetrated by Nazi Germany, some on Austrian soil.
I wanted to take the time and thank all of you who stuck by me during my horrendous struggle. There have been so many people that I have come in contact with over the years, and I wanted to say I�m sorry for anything I might have done that offended or hurt you. Shortly after my husband and I met, he made a comment to me that I didn�t give much merit to until now: �Don�t complain about the things that you have the power to change.� And I now follow that advice to my new everyday life! I also remember a wise person once told me, �It�s not what you do while you�re here on earth but the legacy that you leave behind!� This is the beginning of my legacy!
Thank you to all my family and friends for hanging in there with me. I give my utmost apologies for anything I might have ever done to hurt you. I love you all very much! I am grateful to God every day for you and all that you have done for me!
Thank you to my church family for trying to keep in touch with me, letting me know you were all still there for me! I appreciate it more than you�ll ever know! I think it would be safe to say that all your prayers for me have been answered!
I wanted to say thank you to Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler, and Jeff Dunham for giving me many laughs during my long struggle! I�m sure you might think it�s silly, but those laughs helped me in more ways than you could ever imagine! I also want to say thank you to Marshall Mathers. You showed me to be proud of where I came from, and even though we may have been involved with some nightmarish ordeals while growing up, we are still important people in God�s eyes! I want to give a special thank-you to Pink for helping me realize that surviving our struggles doesn�t mean that we are damaged goods, but we are pretty freakin� incredible! For those of you who like to make mean, nasty, hurtful comments about people, please think twice before saying anything else about any one!
Thank you, God, for never giving up on me even when I felt you had every right to! I have chosen you to be the first priority in my life! I love you with all my heart and soul for creating your son and sending him to die for me! That type of sacrifice to save the people you love is truly on a level that is completely mind-blowing and can never be fully appreciated as long as there are people out there who continue to deny you! People say fairy tales don�t exist, and I guess I would have to agree but not because I don�t think they exist but because what you did to save all of us, all your sinful people whom you created, far outweigh the happy endings in any old fairy tale! There were times when both my parents had really hurt me and let me down, but we all have our imperfections, and with that being said, I have completely forgiven them for everything! But you, my heavenly Father, have never let me down, and I know that you never will! Thank you for taking away my lifelong pain and anger, turning it into knowledge, courage, and strength! I only hope to make you proud and truly be that person you had created me to be!
Thank you to everyone for reading this book. God had so many opportunities to take me out of this world, but I am praying you all realize that having the chance to read this book is exactly why he didn�t!
To most people, one�s mother is the first person they ever form a lifelong bond with. She is the source of life and nourishment, love and compassion, and the person who provides the foundation for an individual�s worldview and core values. Author and veteran sociologist Velma Benson-Wilson pays tribute to her mother, a remarkable woman born Fannie Bradley, through a book titled, What�s In The Water?
Imagine a mother of seventeen living children, all single births and the majority born during the tumultuous times of the 1950s and 60s in rural Mississippi. How did she balance and cope with their spiritual, educational, financial and overall upbringing to insure that all became productive members of this society?
Fannie Bradley had tenacious faith, resilience, and perseverance in overcoming adversities and pain that would have made most an indignant human being. Fannie's mother was mentally retarded; she had no stable father figure or family, and an elementary education. Although she only lived to be 57 years of age, Fannie's legacy of love and parental principles are indelible in each of her living seventeen offspring.
I have a book signing scheduled for Saturday, February 11, 2012 form 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon at Jackson Madison County Library, Jackson, Tennessee.
The Joy In The Morning And A New Day Begins is all about healing, positive thinking, joy, encouragement, inspiration, the awareness of autism, peace, faith, hope and love. In this collection the author has combined a variety of poems, some old and many new ones for all to read. Along with the variety of poems the author gives her testimony what inspired her to write. She shares her story about a time that impacted her life greatly that involved her son with autism and two police officers, and how it empowered her to advocate for a statewide training program for police officers to be aware of and recognize persons with special needs. Readers will be truly inspired by this collection of poems. In the poem "Thank you For This Day" the author expresses about healing and begining again. Other familiar poems are "Gathering Stones" "A New Day" "Accepting" and many more. In the poem "The Child That Plays Alone" the author invites you to her personal experiences living with autism as she pleads for a better understanding of her son�s uniqueness. Also in this collection the author has a chapter of poems she has dedicated to family that includes "Daddy" "Bryan" "Mother I Thank You." Poems that the author shares about inner peace includes "God�s Peace" and "The Joy In The Morning" and many more. And there are poems the author shares about peace and love in the world includes "What Matters Is Love" and "A Time A Season And Always Love." As you read this collection of poems, may it inspire you to read over and over again, encourage you to share with others and bring you that "Joy in the Morning" we all long for, to have for each and every moment of each and every day. The author�s desire hopes is that this collection will bring joy, peace, and much love to all those who read it, and most importantly touch many lives all over the world.