Wednesday, September 7, 2016

202nd post

What I've been doing is telling stories of my life from the beginning and

in the past (blog # 1) and just doing that ain't going to work because I believe

you would like to hear about the present, too.

You see, I've completed over 200 stories (blogs), and do two blogs a day.

You can get to the remainder of my stories thru, Facebook

and Twitter.


Forrest Caricofe

The road to our Grandparent Clines.

As I said before we went to our Grandparent Cline's home every two weeks

after church for Sunday dinner. And that is where we are still headed as

Father looks both ways, turns left and drives south towards Bridgewater.

Father always drove almost like a NASCAR driver with his right foot pressed

down hard on the gas or brake and turned the key off going down long

hills to save gas. He liked to follow the sounds of fire or rescue vehicles,

telling Roland and I to jump in whatever big car he had at the time with him

and he would eventually locate the source of the fire or wreck. We would

then observed from in or near the car to see what was going and I'm sure,

him being very friendly, would talk to the medical personnel or firefighters

about more details of the event with Roland and I tagging along.

Off again, no seat belts, Father driving fast, us kids jumping around in the

back with endless energy all of us breathing second hand from Father's

smoking and Mother, relaxed as always, reading all the road signs along

the way....


Mother Teresa

"We consider her to be a wonderful nun and so on and so forth. She was an

extraordinary human being. She came down from that beautiful place where

she was living in almost luxury at the high school in Calcutta. She left to

serve the poorest among the poor but to serve everybody else."

Franco said he spent 26 years in Vatican City and said mass every Saturday

at 6:30 p.m. Whenever Mother Teresa was in town, she would attend his mass.

"She would be in the back of the chapel kneeling down until the end,

" he said. "After the prayers she would come to the sacristy to get a

blessing but also to chat a little bit about my homilies."

Aleksandar Dimishkovski contributed reporting from Skopje, Macedonia.

© 2016 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"James Monroe

5th President of the United States

In office - March 4, 1817 – March 4, 1825

Vice President Daniel D. Tompkins

Preceded by James Madison

Succeeded by John Quincy Adams

8th United States Secretary of War

In office - September 27, 1814 – March 2, 1815

President James Madison

Preceded by John Armstrong, Jr.

Succeeded by William H. Crawford

7th United States Secretary of State

In office - April 2, 1811 – March 4, 1817

President James Madison

Preceded by Robert Smith

Succeeded by John Quincy Adams

12th and 16th Governor of Virginia

In office - December 28, 1799 – December 1, 1802

Preceded by James Wood

Succeeded by John Page

In office - January 16, 1811 – April 2, 1811

Preceded by George William Smith

Succeeded by George William Smith

United States Minister to the United Kingdom

In office - April 18, 1803 – February 26, 1808

Nominated by Thomas Jefferson

Preceded by Rufus King

Succeeded by William Pinkney

United States Minister to France

In office - May 28, 1794 – September 9, 1796

Nominated by George Washington

Preceded by Gouverneur Morris

Succeeded by Charles C. Pinckney

United States Senator - from Virginia

In office - November 9, 1790 – March 29, 1794

Preceded by John Walker

Succeeded by Stevens Thomson Mason

Delegate to the Congress of the Confederation from Virginia

In office - November 3, 1783 – November 7, 1786

Preceded by New seat

Succeeded by Henry Lee

Personal details

Born April 28, 1758

Monroe Hall, Virginia, British America

Died July 4, 1831 (aged 73)

New York City, New York, U.S.

Resting place Hollywood Cemetery (Richmond, Virginia)

Political party Democratic-Republican

Spouse(s) Elizabeth Kortright (m. 1786; her death 1830)

Children 3

Residence Ash Lawn

Alma mater College of William and Mary

Profession Lawyer, Planter College administrator

Religion Episcopalian

Military service

Allegiance United States of America

Service/branch Continental Army

Virginia Militia

Years of service 1775–1777 (Army) - 1777–1780 (militia)

Rank US-O4 insignia.svg (Army) - US-O6 insignia.svgColonel (militia)

Battles/wars American Revolutionary War

• Battle of Trenton"

James Monroe "set forth the Monroe Doctrine, which said that no European

countries could try to colonize land in the Americas.", Ashland, OH.


"Life and death on the lost streets of Chicago - 7 September 2016 -  Last

updated at 01:33 BST.

Killings in Chicago have hit a 20-year high as the grim toll for homicides in

the city passed 500.

A deadly summer of violence ended with multiple murders over the Labor

Day holiday weekend.

Most of the victims - and the killers - are young black men. The BBC's Ian

Pannell explores a world where gangs and guns rule.

Camera/director: Darren Conway; video editor: David Botti; assistant

producer Gabriella O'Donnell; aerial photography Phil Jorden; executive

producers Jacky Martens and Ben

My opinion - If I was the parent or guardian, I would take, by any means

possible, my gang member son or daughter and move out of Chicago to

a peaceful place in America. We sure have plenty of those.


Oldest man?

He believes he's 145

7 September 2016 Last updated at 01:00 BST

"Mbah Gotho, lives in Central Java in Indonesia, and believes he is 145 years


"Officials say he has documents to prove it, but they admit mistakes have been

made in the past."

He says he has a little trouble walking now. If I wasn't dead already, I'd be durn

lucky to crawl.


"It took a while, but now we finally know which two candidates will fight it out

in the race for the White House.

Donald Trump will be the Republican candidate, something few would have

predicted a little more than 12 months ago.

And after the Democrats' convention in Philadelphia, we know Hillary Clinton

will be their candidate.

Whatever happens from this point on, the outcome will be historic. This is how:

1) Twilight years

Barack Obama being inaugurated in January 2009 - if he looks young here,

it's because he was.

When Barack Obama first walked through the White House front door in

January 2009, he was aged 47, and was the fifth-youngest president in

history. Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest, at 42 years and 322 days.

The next one will be a fair bit older, whatever happens.

Donald Trump celebrated his 70th birthday on 14 June. If elected in

November, he would be the oldest president in history (Ronald Reagan

 was 69 when he took office).

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, turns 69 some two weeks before the election,

and would become the second-oldest president on inauguration. She

would replace William Henry Harrison, who became president in 1841

(and was the last president born on British soil).

2) New York, New York

Welcome to your next president, New York

Trump v Clinton is the first presidential contest between New Yorkers

since 1944, when the governor of New York, Thomas E Dewey, ran

against the incumbent, Franklin D Roosevelt.

Whoever wins this time will become the first New Yorker in office in 71

years when the inauguration takes place next year.

(And yes, we know Mrs Clinton was born in Chicago, but she was a

senator from New York and lives in the state.)

3) Money, money, money

If Mr Trump wins, we could be looking at the least amount of money

spent by a winning candidate for some time.

Federal Election Commission records show he spent $91m (£69m) up

to 22 July, of which $50m is his own money.

No other candidate since Al Gore in 2000 ($126m) has spent as little.

Hillary Clinton is on some $275m so far, by the way.

Of course, Mr Trump could break out the chequebook given that he

has more campaigning to do between now and November, but it

looks likely he will come a long way under what Barack Obama

spent last time round - almost $556m.

4) Experience

The former Commander in chief of the Allied forces in Europe (1943)

and the future US President General Dwight Eisenhower had decent

experience - just none in office.

A Trump win would be significant for another reason - no-one has been elected

president in more than 60 years without experience as a governor or in Congress.

Even then, the last president with no political experience, Dwight Eisenhower,

was Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in World War Two, before he was

elected to office in 1953.

Before that, Herbert Hoover, who was president from 1929 to 1933, was

previously an engineer and humanitarian.

No previous candidate has ever owned a chain of casinos and hotels.

But Mr Trump says his experience doing deals, and the fact he is not too

tied to the Washington establishment, stand him in good stead.

5) A woman in office....

 Sarah Palin was a vice-presidential pick for John McCain in 2008

The long years Hillary Clinton has been on the Washington scene may

make it easy to forget one fact: She would be the first female president if

elected. She is already the first female candidate for a major US party.

The closest we have got before is when Republican John McCain surprisingly

picked Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008, and when

Democrat Walter Mondale named Geraldine Ferraro as his vice-presidential

pick in 1984.

Neither won the presidency.

6) Democrat relay?

Amazingly, only two Democrats have directly succeeded another Democrat

as US president. The most recent was James Buchanan, who was president

from 1857 to 1861.

Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson were both vice-presidents who were

named president when their predecessors died. They both then went on"

(to win a second term).

Hurricane Hermine

Hermine's Post-Tropical Life:

"Coastal Erosion, Large Swells, Tropical  hermine-east-coast-flooding-..."

The Weather Channel

9 hours ago

Hurricane Newton

"Tropical Storm Newton Makes Final Landfall in Northwest Mexico ..."

The Weather Channel

Hurricane Newton

1986 tropical cyclone

"Hurricane Newton was one of the few tropical cyclones that were intercepted

by Hurricane Hunter flights during the moderately active 1986 Pacific

hurricane season." Wikipedia

Date: September 18, 1986 – September 23, 1986

Affected areas: Mexico, United States of America


At this point in time, Mother is about 90 to 95 years old. She had decided

on her own to quite driving at about age 90.

The woman social worker who interviewed Mother for the Meals on Wheels

food delivery (she sat in the chair that I sat in when I was talking to Mother

and I was standing, it being a life-long custom of mine) said that anyone

90 years old or over ought to qualify for the food delivery.

I had a heck of a time trying convince Mother to accept the meals. She did

not like what she thought was welfare....


Quote of the Day

 "One who desires earthly possessions are also in part, a false prophet."

Forrest Caricofe

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Jesus said, "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing,

but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by

their fruits" (Matt. 7:15-16b).

In the Garden with Forrest Caricofe

It did not rain for the second day in a row, so I will have to water the flowers

as soon as I am done with this story. I probably going to pull up and replant

some sunflowers in the back corner garden that's bordered on both sides

by soybeans. The corn field is on the western border. There are some other

flowers I'm thinking about replanting, too.

This is a good time of the year for pulling plants out of the soil and separating

at the roots into as many as 3 to 5 individual plants with roots intact.

I like working hard. I've done it all my life.

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