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2014 in review

Each year, Word Press sends out an end-of-the-year report on blog activity.

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 210,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 9 days for that many people to see it.

How did they find you?

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Happy Veterans Day – 2014

veterans dayVeterans Day is an official United States holiday that honors people who have served in the armed forces.  It coincides with the holidays celebrated in other parts of the world that mark the end of hostilities of World War I.

To honor our veterans and active duty personnel, some restaurants provide free meals. Some of these Veterans Day free meals are nationwide but some are only at participating locations.

The below is a partial list of restaurants honoring our veterans and those on active duty. Read the rest of this entry

Open Discussion – Week of June 9, 2014

Caterpillars, moths, butterflies, and all creatures great and small,

There is so much happening that I can’t seem to keep up.  Yard work has gotten my attention lately, and there is still work to do.

Flower vine

In my backyard


The release of America’s final POW in the middle-east conflict has lots of discussion.  In my opinion, he’s still an American. He was still captured and held against his will.  He wanted to come home. We don’t leave people behind.

Some hearings and trials are coming up soon.  If anyone gets dates before I do, please post them in comments.

Having an open thread for a week doesn’t mean nothing else will be posted this week.  It just means that nothing will be off-topic this week and can be posted here.

Butterfly quote


10 things you need to know today: April 22, 2014

Thanks so much for keeping us up-to-date.

The Fifth Column

Meb Keflezighi raises his fist in victory.  Meb Keflezighi raises his fist in victory. | (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The Week

The U.S. considers leaving fewer troops in Afghanistan, an American man wins the Boston Marathon, and more

1. The U.S. might cut its Afghanistan force to 5,000
The U.S. next year might cut the number of troops it leaves in Afghanistan below 10,000, which is the minimum military leaders say will be needed to train Afghan forces, Reuters reports. There are close to 33,000 American soldiers in Afghanistan now, down from 100,000 in 2011. White House officials, encouraged by Afghanistan’s surprisingly smooth April 5 presidential election, are considering reducing the number below 5,000. [Reuters]


2. Keflezighi becomes first American to win the Boston marathon in three decades
Meb Keflezighi, 38, became the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since 1983 on Monday, with an official time of 2:08:37. A huge crowd…

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Remembering Trayvon Martin

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Trayvon Benjamin Martin
February 5, 1995 – February 26, 2012

On February 26, 2014, it will be two years since Trayvon Martin was killed.  At times, it seems like it was yesterday.   Blackbutterfly7 pays honor to Trayvon Martin and his parents.  We shall not forget. People across America came together and protested because the killer was known and not arrest.  America became aware of stand your ground law.  Kevin Cunningham started a petition for an investigation and arrest of the man who killed Trayvon Martin.  It was signed by over 2 million people. Read the rest of this entry

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