Drops of History
I love history. I love the study of the character of the people in history. I am most fascinated with the spirit, values and faith of the men and women in our American history during Revolutionary times, and the Second World War; but really, where faith and courage are displayed I value it, no matter where the moment in time.
I have discovered that it is often the obscure people, the hidden actions, or the small moments that are the hinges on which history swings, and these doors, that were opened for a better future, hung on faith and courage. They were small drops of magic, often supernatural moments, that fell into the vast sea of time, so they are often overlooked or unknown.
Heads up here! The historical material that I produce, though accurate in terms of information, is not without bias; my objective is not to record facts, but to reveal spirit, heart, and character. Below you will find, as I create and produce them, vignettes that interpret drops of history that made ripples in time….
Note: On most of these historical videos I have little, if any access to archived film that is affordable. I apologize for the use of so much stock footage. Unfortunately, it is unavoidable.
The Battle of Oran
The Battle of Oran is not a politically correct affair, and if more people knew about the short, 20 or so minute fight at the Algerian port on the shores of north Africa in 1940, there’s a good chance that today’s self-certain partisans would be, even more, at each other’s throats. Just as numerous doubts and criticisms have ensued in the years following Harry Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb on two Japanese cities, Churchill’s decision to sink the ships and men of the best part of France's navy, following their capitulation to Germany, is seen by some, as an uncivil and cruel decision.
Sometimes though, we forget in the comfort of our homes, and in the peace of our times, that those whose shoulders we stand on often did not have these luxuries. Desperate to retain their sovereignty, courageous in their actions, and faithful in their hope, they often had to make hard decisions. Winston Churchill, in a time when his enemies and allies were not listening, made an audacious decision that sent a message around the world that could not be ignored. I like his boldness, courage, and faith. I miss it.
Please enjoy this short video, Winston Churchill, Oran, and the Battle of Mer’s-El-Kebir.
VRBA and WETZLER
Auschwitz was the largest of the Nazi concentration camps, and in April of 1944 this ultimate killing machine of Hitlers was murdering 12,000 Jews a day. Two men, Rudolf Vrba and Alfred Wetzler, managed to escape and reach safe territory, something that others had been unable to do until then. After their fascinating, incredible, and courageous escape, Vrba and Wetzler revealed to the world what was taking place inside the walls of Auschwitz, and that truth saved thousands.
Theodore Roosevelt’s Choice
Theodore Roosevelt was arguably the most galvanizing man to ever hold the office of the President of the United States. In fact, his motto was, “Take action”! He accomplished and achieved more in his lifetime than most, and much of it influenced our country and our world then, and even now. Yet, his life could have easily been the opposite, ineffectual and totally unforgettable, had it not been for one choice that he made when he was still in college. What makes this “choice” worth noting is that we too have the opportunity in our life time, to make this same type of decision, though perhaps, not with Theodore’s same circumstances, and if we want our life to make a difference, we’d best be conscious of the opportunity, and what is at stake, when it comes.
Andrew Jackson and the Duel that Defined Him
Andrew Jackson had character, and at no time was it better defined than in a duel he had with Charles Dickinson. The story of this duel is absolutely riveting.
Henry David Thoreau and the Poll Tax Dispute
Henry David Thoreau was a simple, quiet man, who understood, and made a resolute stand, on a specific principle. He wrote about this idea, and it took the world by storm. Thoreau was the author of Civil Disobedience, which brought to our conscious awareness that any government is powerless without the support of its people.
America's Spirit Speaks
Washington D.C., January 6, 2021
On January 6, 2021 I traveled to Washington D.C. with four other women, for the rally at our nation’s Capitol. What we witnessed was not what was and continues to be reported. This is a video of our experience.
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AMERICANS HAVE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
... but with so many distractions, many can't see it... yet. (This is an optimistic, fun video that will snap your brain!)
Today America is going through a storm, but these dark clouds may actually be a very great blessing. This "American Reboot" will force Americans to create a New America, and a new world will follow.
It's amazing how life opens up when worn traditions, ineffective businesses and institutions, and antiquated paradigms crumble. In their ruin a New America is created.
This New America hosts Americans with refreshed spirits who understand better than ever what is important to them, and what they really want for themselves and their family. With new places to live and work, this New America uses technology to give Americans more space, more time, and new, fun ways to create and produce fresh, exciting products, services, and communities.
Those Americans who understand where we have been, where we are, and can envision where we are going, are the bridge to this New America!
Me n’ Kelli Show
Hunting, Fishing, and Fun for the Mature Woman!
I know this is not correct grammar, but I love to say, “Me n’ Kelli.”
My friend Kelli is answered prayer. Not only is she one of Life’s Winners, but she really enjoys the outdoors like I do. About 2 years ago I told God, “God, you have got to find me a woman that likes to hunt, and fish and camp like I do.” I discussed this with God because my son John goes with his buddies, and my husband claims that he, “Doesn’t like to kill those creatures.” (Mind you, this sanctimonious statement was made in spite of the fact that he is a rancher and puts thousands of cattle to death a year!) Ha! Anyway, suffice to say that Kelli (and her entire family) love to hunt and fish, and they kind of just pulled me in. I’m so glad, because now I get to play to my heart’s content. But, not only is Kelli fun, she is also a wonderful person…as I said before…she really is one of life’s winners!
2019 Deer Season
Antelope and Rabbit