Saturday, May 21, 2011

Charles De Gaulle

On doing research on the French Resistance during World War Two, Charles de Gaulle's name stood out. This stately man, whom I only knew as a president of France, as a youth and young woman, I was totally unaware of his distinguished life. Charles de Gaulle, was a man of prominence, deep nationalist convictions, and military mind, who played a key leadership role in France's Resistance during the Second World War and for many years to come.

He was also a complicated man. If you want to have a good read, here is a link to the Wikipedia information. If you read his bio you will find that he was more of a king than a president in many respects. Not so much a dictator but a visionary for a strong dignified France, a united Europe as a precursor to the European Union, and staunch defender of France's interests and colonies around the world. He also knew that France played a key role in the balance of world power, keeping Russia, Great Britain, the United States, China, and other powerful nations in their place.

He made several hard handed mistakes in his career, according to the article in Wikipedia, which were counteracted by the strong will of his own people, which were the only ones to which he did listen and condescend. Aside from being over controlling in his government, on the international front, one of those mistakes included how he dealt with Israel during the Seven Day War 1967. He blocked and denied Israel crucial military backing. In human terms, if it had not been for the help of the United States, Israel would have not survived. If you read on, you can see how his increasingly discordant rule began to careen out of control and he later did not receive the referendum results needed to keep governing and he resigned in 1969. Nonetheless, he will long be remembered as a man that loved France entirely and one of it most courageous defenders.

If you read of his sudden death and burial in 1970, it can bring a strong emotional reaction, and perhaps tears, when you learn how he was buried with the same integrity with which he had lived. He did not want powerful strangers and dignitaries at his burial but only those that were his true friends, family, and comrades.

When I think of him again or walk through the Charles de Gaulle airport it is going to mean a lot more to me, definitely than simply a picture of an elegant leader in a newspaper. Viva La France!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Charlie's, one of Orlando's best kept secrets, is an old time favorite for many people. So much so that it has been around for over 32 years! If you are in for something sweet, just plug this address into your GPS, and viola you're there. If you don't have a GPS, just take Curry Ford Road going to towards Boone High School and stop at 3216 Curry Ford Road, Orlando FL 32806. It's just that easy. If you get lost, call them at 407-898-9561, and they will tell you how to get there.

You can see their treats in the pictures and there is
much more. The people are friendly this family
owned business. Definitely, you will be happy to
know this bakery once you visit.
The dilemma: how do I deal with the calories in all
these goodies, seeing I want to lose weight? I have
come up with a plan. Well, I freeze these desserts and
have them available for later date, since the freezing
slows down the consumption. I am very happy with
my strategy of one small slice at a time.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

For Juan

Starting to come along.
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Handsome Visitor

Just look at him; he's so handsome. I enjoyed the nice spring weather which is forecast to give way to our very hot summer in just hours, but today it was still a refreshing spring day with a elegant red visitor. A cardinal!
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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Two Earthquakes Today

I'm sorry that title is misleading. I meant to say two earthquakes of more than 6.0 magnitude. These are big earthquakes that can cause damage and/or a tsunami. So where were they? One was in Papua New Guinea and the other in the Mid Atlantic Ridge. Look at all the others. The earth is shaking. An understatement.

May 15 21:49:12 UTC 2011

y/m/d h:m:s
MAP 4.9 2011/05/15 19:07:43 38.729 141.745 59.0 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 2.7 2011/05/15 18:59:20 38.413 -118.730 5.9 NEVADA
MAP 6.5 2011/05/15 18:37:11 -6.157 154.446 43.2 BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP 4.8 2011/05/15 16:14:03 -28.719 -70.552 48.4 ATACAMA, CHILE
MAP 4.8 2011/05/15 13:48:36 37.798 142.732 20.1 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 6.0 2011/05/15 13:08:12 0.461 -25.601 10.0 CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE