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)

Today – August 16

Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

Heritage Birthday

Mabel (Lepper) Tunison was born on this day in 1892

Mabel (Lepper) Tunison (16 Aug 1892, Minnesota – 17 Sep 1966, Oregon) was my maternal Grandmother.  She was married to Joseph C. Tunison on 31 Mar 1911.

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

Today – August 15

Today’s Notable Foreign Birthday

Napoleon Bonaparte - General, dictator and self-proclaimed Emperor of France

The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuile...

The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries, by Jacques-Louis David, 1812 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Napoleon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) later known as Napoleon I, and previously Napoleone di Buonaparte, was a military and political leader of France whose actions shaped European politics in the early 19th century.

Born in Corsica and trained as an artillery officer in mainland France, Bonaparte rose to prominence under the First French Republic and led successful campaigns against the First and Second Coalitions arrayed against France. In 1799, he staged a coup d’état and installed himself as First Consul; five years later he crowned himself Emperor of the French. In the first decade of the nineteenth century, he turned the armies of the French Empire against every major European power and dominated continental Europe through a series of military victories. He maintained France’s sphere of influence by the formation of extensive alliances and the appointment of friends and family members to rule other European countries as French client states.

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U. S. Contemporaries: Revolutionary War Cycle – Compromise Generation – Artist (Adaptive) (1767-1791)


Today – August 14

Today’s Memorable U. S. Event

14 Aug. 1935 – Social Security Act signed

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Roosevelt Signs The : President Roosevelt signs Social Security Act, at approximately 3:30 pm EST on 14 August 1935. Standing with Roosevelt are Rep. (D-NC); unknown person in shadow; Sen. Robert Wagner (D-NY); Rep. John Dingell (D-MI); unknown man in bowtie; the Secretary of Labor, ; Sen. (D-MS); and Rep. David Lewis (D-MD). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Social Security Act was drafted during Roosevelt’s first term by the President’s Committee on Economic Security, under Frances Perkins, and passed by Congress as part of the New Deal. The act was an attempt to limit what were seen as dangers in the modern American life, including old age, poverty, unemployment, and the burdens of widows and fatherless children. By signing this act on August 14, 1935, President Roosevelt became the first president to advocate federal assistance for the elderly

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World War Cycle – Depression / World War II Era- Fourth Turning, Crisis (1930-1944)

Today – August 11

Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

Heritage Birthday

Jack McLaughlin was born on this day in 1883

Jack McLaughlin (11 Aug 1883, Missouri – 14 Nov 1935, Texas) was my Spouse’s grandfather.  On 21 Feb 1906 Jack married Nellie Stallard in Oklahoma.

World War Cycle – The Gilded Age – First Turning, High (1866-1885)
World War Cycle – Lost Generation – Nomad (Reactive) (1883-1900)

Today – August 10

Today’s Notable Birthdays

U. S. Birthday

Herbert Hoover - 31st President of the United States

Hoover's official White House portrait painted...

Hoover’s official White House portrait painted by John Christen Johansen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Herbert Clark Hoover (August 10, 1874 – October 20, 1964) was the 31st President of the United States (1929–1933). Besides his political career, Hoover was a professional mining engineer and author. As the United States Secretary of Commerce in the 1920s under Presidents Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge, he promoted government intervention under the rubric “economic modernization”. In the presidential election of 1928, Hoover easily won the Republican nomination, despite having no previous elected office experience. To date, Hoover is the last cabinet secretary to be directly elected President of the United States. The nation was prosperous and optimistic at the time, leading to a landslide victory for Hoover over Democrat Al Smith.

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World War Cycle – The Gilded Age – First Turning, High (1866-1885)
Missionary Generation – Prophet (Idealist) (1860-1882)

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Today – August 6

Today’s Notable Foreign Birthday

Alexander Fleming - Discoverer of penicillin

Sir Alexander Fleming, Nobel Prize in Medicine...

Sir Alexander Fleming, Nobel Prize in Medicine 1945 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Penicillium chrysogenum, syn. Penicillium notatum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sir Alexander Fleming (6 August 1881 – 11 March 1955) was a Scottish biologist and pharmacologist. Fleming published many articles on bacteriology, immunology and chemotherapy.

His best-known achievements are the discovery of the enzyme lysozyme in 1923 and the antibiotic substance penicillin from the fungus Penicillium notatum in 1928, for which he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945 with Howard Walter Florey and Ernst Boris Chain.

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

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Today – August 4

Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

Barack Obama - 44th President of the United States

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Barack Obama, President of the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the United States. The first African American to hold the office, he served as the junior United States Senator from Illinois from January 2005 until he resigned after his election to the presidency in November 2008.

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Present Cycle – Era of Superpower America – First Turning, High (1945-1965)
Thirteenth (GenX) Generation – Nomad (Reactive) (1961-1981)