Thursday Throwback – Charles A Temple

C A Temple Judge Campaign card 1936

Charles A Temple my other maternal great grandfather.

This is my mother’s mother’s father – Charles A Temple. He was born without a middle name so he chose A because it made his initials CAT. Given my love of cats I like that but that’s about all I’ve heard of the man I like. He dominated people getting his way. He played favorites with his children my grandmother being his favorite. He liked to put on a show and leave his wife to do the work at the store. Nothing there endeared him to me beyond an apparent fondness for the word cat.

He was a judge for part of a term. He was on a jury that determined a claim by a mining company against the Smokey National Park when the park was being established. He died of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Wednesday Wildcard -Cozumel

In Cozumel Mike chose the Jeep excursion.  It was one where you drove a Jeep about the island in a tour to see ruins, a national park, spent time on the beach, and have lunch.  He was keen on driving but there were four to a jeep.  I cautioned that maybe, just maybe, he couldn’t drive the whole thing.  But we were paired with two lovely ladies, Mary Lou from Michigan and her sister (please forgive men 6 months later I can’t find my notes and the name escapes me), neither had an interest in driving.  So Mike gleefully drove the whole day!  There we enjoyed the sites, had a great lunch, I loved playing in the ocean, and even got me a nice wool blanket. It has the lighthouse of the national park pictured here on the design. The blanket was a must for Wisconsin winters as Mike had taken back the one he’d given me in college.

Tuesday Thoughts – Mapheads by Ken Jennings

Mapheads by Ken Jennings

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Freaky Friday – Number Stations

This Friday I’d like to introduce you to something that isn’t a mystery but is by its very nature mysterious – Number Stations. Have you ever pondered what the world of international spying is like? Do you enjoy glimpses into that world when hearing spies of the past tell their Cold War tales? Would you like to witness a current spying even in operation RIGHT NOW without any danger or consequences? Wouldn’t that be freaky? Well you can with number stations!  Just get yourself a radio that picks up short-wave frequencies and you have a front row seat to current spy operations around the world.

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Wednesday Wildcard – Roatan

Another stop on our cruise was Roatan, Honduras.  Though there the natives were quick to disassociate themselves from Honduras on the mainland.  They really thought of themselves as different and separate.  Here we did an eco-tree walk in the rain forest canopy.  It was high suspended bridges where we could see both ground and treetops.  The leader of the walk was a local who was very knowledgeable bout flora, not only the botany of it but traditional and medicinal uses too.  It was very interesting, informative, and lovely.