Today – August 30

Today’s Notable Foreign Birthday

Ernest Rutherford - The father of nuclear physics

Ernest Rutherford (Nobel)

Ernest Rutherford (Nobel) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson (30 August 1871–19 October 1937) was a New Zealand born British chemist and physicist who became known as the father of nuclear physics.  He discovered that atoms have a small charged nucleus, and thereby pioneered the Rutherford model (or planetary model, which later evolved into the Bohr model or orbital model) of the atom, through his discovery of Rutherford scattering with his gold foil experiment. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1908. He is widely credited as splitting the atom in 1917 and leading the first experiment to “split the nucleus” in a controlled manner by two students under his direction, John Cockcroft and Ernest Walton in 1932.

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U. S. Contemporaries: World War Cycle – Missionary Generation – Prophet (Idealist) (1860-1882)

Today – August 29

Today’s Notable Events

Memorable U. S. Event

29 August 2005 - Hurricane Katrina

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Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf of Mexico near its peak Category 5 intensity (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hurricane Katrina was the deadliest and most destructive Atlantic hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. It is the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States. Among recorded Atlantic hurricanes, it was the sixth strongest overall. At least 1,836 people died in the actual hurricane and in the subsequent floods, making it the deadliest U.S. hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane; total property damage was estimated at $81 billion (2005 USD), nearly triple the damage wrought by Hurricane Andrew in 1992

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Coming Crisis (Powerdown Era?) – Fourth Turning, Crisis (2002?-2222?)

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Today – August 28

Today’s Notable Foreign Birthday

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe at age 69

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe at age 69 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Johann von Goethe - Definitive Renaissance Man and Germany’s greatest man of letters.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ( 28 August 1749  – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and, according to George Eliot, “Germany’s greatest man of letters… and the last true polymath to walk the earth.” Goethe’s works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, theology, philosophy, humanism and science. Goethe’s magnum opus, lauded as one of the peaks of world literature, is the two-part drama Faust. Goethe’s other well-known literary works include his numerous poems, the Bildungsroman Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship and the epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther.

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U. S. Contemporaries: Revolutionary War Cycle – Republican Generation – Hero (Civic) (1742-1766)

Today – August 27

Today’s Notable Birthdays and Events

U. S. Birthday

President Johnson

Lyndon Baines Johnson

Lyndon Johnson - 36th President of the United States

Lyndon Baines Johnson (August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, served as the 36th President of the United States from 1963 to 1969 after his service as the Vice President of the United States from 1961 to 1963.

Johnson, a Democrat, succeeded to the presidency following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, completed Kennedy’s term and was elected President in his own right, winning by a large margin in the 1964 Presidential election. Johnson was greatly supported by the Democratic Party and, as President, was responsible for designing the “Great Society” legislation that included laws that upheld civil rights, Medicare, Medicaid, aid to education, and his attempt to help the poor in his “War on Poverty.” Simultaneously, he greatly escalated direct American involvement in the Vietnam War.

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World War Cycle – Missionary Awakening Era – Second Turning, Awakening (1886-1909)
G.I. Generation – Hero (Civic) (1901-1924)

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Today – August 26

Today’s Notable Foreign Birthday

Antoine Lavoisier - The father of modern chemistry.

Portrait of Monsieur de Lavoisier and his Wife...

Portrait of Monsieur de Lavoisier and his Wife, chemist Marie-Anne Pierrette Paulze (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier (26 August 1743 – 8 May 1794), the father of modern chemistry, was a French noble prominent in the histories of chemistry and biology. He stated the first version of the law of conservation of mass, recognized and named oxygen (1778) and hydrogen (1783), abolished the phlogiston theory, helped construct the metric system, wrote the first extensive list of elements, and helped to reform chemical nomenclature. He discovered that, although matter may change its form or shape, its mass always remains the same. Thus, for instance, if water is heated to steam, if salt is dissolved in water or if a piece of wood is burned to ashes, the total mass remains unchanged. He was also an investor and administrator of the “Ferme Générale” a private tax collection company; chairman of the board of the Discount Bank (later the Banque de France); and a powerful member of a number of other aristocratic administrative councils. All of these political and economic activities enabled him to fund his scientific research. At the height of the French Revolution he was accused by Marat of selling watered-down tobacco, and of other crimes, and was beheaded

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U. S. Contemporaries: Revolutionary War Cycle – Republican Generation – Hero (Civic) (1742-1766)

Today – August 21

Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

Heritage Birthday

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Nellie McLaughlin (Photo credit: pamur)

Nellie (Stallard) McLaughlin was born on this day in 1888

Nellie (Stallard) McLaughlin (21 Aug 1888, Missouri – 18 Sep 1963, California) was my Spouse’s grandmother.  On 21 Feb 1906, Nellie married Jack McLaughlin in Oklahoma.

World War Cycle – Missionary Awakening Era – Second Turning, Awakening (1886-1909)
World War Cycle – Lost Generation – Nomad (Reactive) (1883-1900)

Today – August 20

Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

Benjamin Harrison - 23rd President of the United States

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English: Portrait of Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Benjamin Harrison (August 20, 1833 – March 13, 1901) was the 23rd President of the United States, serving one term from 1889 to 1893. Harrison was born in North Bend, Ohio, and moved to Indianapolis, Indiana at the age of 21, where he became a prominent state politician. During the American Civil War Harrison served as a Brigadier General in the XX Corps of the Army of the Cumberland. After the war he unsuccessfully ran for the governorship of Indiana, but was later appointed to the U.S. Senate from that state.

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Civil War Cycle – Transcendental Awakening Era – Second Turning, Awakening (1822-1837)
Gilded Generation – Nomad (Reactive) (1822-1842)

What I have been up to.

Over the course of the summer I have been enduring the incredible ups and downs of moving into a new home.  I know, everybody moves once in awhile you say, what’s the big deal.  It may help you get it if I tell you I had been living in my previous house for almost 40 years.  A long time, in any case, but in terms of moving it was essentially forever.  On top of the time factor was the fact that we were moving from a big suburban house on an acre to a town-home in a high density development.

It took us a month to get the house cleaned up enough to sell.  In the process we threw away a lot of stuff, most of which we were surprised to find we even had.  Then we had to move a lot of the stuff we didn’t want to throw away out of the house as part of the “staging” process now popular among the real estate crowd.  After all of that, the house sold pretty much the day we put it on the market.  We either did a wonderful job getting the house ready or it really didn’t matter at all.  Who knows?

Then we spent a month finding another house, which involved an amazing dance of offers, counter-offers and Realtor skulduggery, and packing/sorting/clearing of our innumerable possessions collected over the decades that we lived in the old house.  At the end of this crazy July we were able to close both the old house and the new within 1 week of each other.  Luckily, the new owners of our old house were not in a hurry to move in.  Or unluckily, depending on how you look at it, because we then managed to mess around for 3 weeks moving into the town-house.  It was a nightmare of a multitude of trips back and forth with all of our little personal stuff followed by a massive commercial move of all of the furniture and prepacked stuff in one day.  Then we took another week cleaning out the remnants of the move before we could officially say goodbye to the old house. Unbelievably stressful and fatiguing.

Finally, we were in our new home.  New for us anyway.  It was actually a used house but not very used.  Anyway, I would like to welcome you to our cardboard castle.  The town-home was actually quite large but, it turns out, not large enough for our accumulations.  The main part of the house was pretty livable but all of the outer spaces were filled to the brim with cardboard and plastic containers of all shapes and sizes.  We have been in the house for about 3 weeks now.  Unpacking has slowed as our garage has filled with empty cardboard containers and countless black plastic sacks of refuse.  But I think we are going to be able to enjoy it here.  Whew.

Of course you know why I am writing about this event in my life.  Right.  I haven’t been doing much else besides moving this summer.   You probably didn’t notice but I did.  So if things work out I may be returning to the more enriching activities of my life, such as  The TimePage and this blog, before long.  Finally.

Today – August 19

Today’s Notable U. S. Birthdays

William Clinton - 42nd President of the United States

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton

William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III, August 19, 1946) served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. He was the third-youngest president; only Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy were younger when entering office. He became president at the end of the Cold War, and as he was born in the period after World War II, he is known as the first Baby Boomer president.  His wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is currently the United States Secretary of State. She was previously a United States Senator from New York, and also candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. Both are graduates of Yale Law School.

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Present Cycle – Era of Superpower America – First Turning, High (1945-1965)
Boom Generation – Prophet (Idealist) (1943-1960)

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Today – August 18

Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

Virginia Dare - Probably the first English baby born in North America

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“Baptism of Virginia Dare,” lithograph, 1880. Courtesy of the New York Public Library Digital Collection. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Virginia Dare (born August 18, 1587, date of death unknown) was the first white child born in the Americas to English parents, Eleanor (or Ellinor/Elyonor) and Ananias Dare. She was born into the short-lived Roanoke Colony on Roanoke Island in present-day North Carolina, USA. What became of Virginia and the other colonists has become an enduring mystery. The fact of her birth is known because the leader of the colony, Eleanor Dare’s father, John White, returned to England to seek assistance for the colony. When White returned three years later, the colonists were gone.

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Colonial Cycle – Elizabethan Renaissance Era – First Turning, High (1589-1620)
Puritan Generation – Prophet (Idealist) (1584-1614)