Monthly Archives: June 2010

Pigs on Bahamas Postage Stamps

The Bahamas issued its first postage stamp on 10 Jun 1859, and was the first country to have an undersea post office, which operated from 16 Aug 1939 to 25 Jun 1942. The Bahamas has issued postage stamps featuring pigs … Continue reading

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Pigs on Continental Currency

While Benjamin Franklin didn’t do pig collectors any favors as Postmaster General (see Pigs on USA postage stamps), he was influential in putting the pig on early American paper money. His library contained the 1702 Mainz edition of Symbolorum ac … Continue reading

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First Lines

First lines have a hard job. In the first line you need to get the reader interested enough to continue reading. The first line should raise his curiosity, stimulate his interest. I looked at some first lines chosen at random … Continue reading

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Walking the Bible by Bruce Feiler

I picked this book up in our Christian bookstore, and although it is not a Christian book per say, it is quite thought provoking and appropriate for all “people of the book”. Bruce Feiler has the skill of a travel … Continue reading

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Pigs on USA postage stamps

The pigs that have shown up on United States Postage Stamps have been Chinese New Year or Fictional characters. The first occurrence wasn’t until 30 Dec 1994. By then many other nations had featured pigs on their stamps. The occasion … Continue reading

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The Ships

Our Goossen ancestors came over from Russia crossing the Atlantic on four different ships. S. S. Teutonia Maria Goossen, Franz M. Goossen’s aunt, was the first of our Goossen ancestors to come to America. By Aug 1874 she had been … Continue reading

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The Fontainebleau Boar Hunt

The cold air sharpens the noise of the crashing branches, and suddenly the forest comes alive with exhilaration. The dogs, having stealthily followed the trail, now give free reign to thrill. A boar has been found and the chase has … Continue reading

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Generic Disclaimer

Please keep in mind a few things when reading this material: I am writing with effort and deadlines rather than inspiration and talent. The subject and other items are imposed on me by the exercise. Although English was not my … Continue reading

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Pigs on modern Bermuda one cent coins

Some years ago I went with a co-worker to a coin show in Montreal. I was not interested in coins, but heard that the Chinese food was good, and wanted to see the city so I went along. The show … Continue reading

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That day the mail went through

One day our family, moved onto Uncle Ed’s farm. Uncle Ed was that: an uncle. He and Aunt Rachel were not really my aunt and uncle but my parent’s. They were slightly older than mom and dad, so not very … Continue reading

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