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Parkland, Florida, February 14, 2018

Alyssa Alhadeff, 14

Scott Beigel, 35

Martin Anguiano, 14

Nickolas Dworet, 17

Aaron Feis, 37

Jamie Guttenberg, 14

Chris Hixon, 49

Luke Hoyer, 15

Cara Loughran, 14

Gina Montalto, 14

Joaquin Oliver, 14

Alaina Petty, 14

Meadow Pollack, 18

Helena Ramsey, 17

Alex Schachter, 14

Carmen Schentrup, 16

Peter Wang, 15

The students and teachers who lost their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland Florida on February 14, 2018.

Posted by Haggis for Breakfast | Wed Feb 13, 2019, 07:32 PM (3 replies)

Valentines for ME ????

I'm humbled. Stunned into silence - and you can ask everyone who knows me - that doesn't often happen.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank the secret gifters out there in DU Land.

I've been dealing with power-outages left and right (and a fireplace that refuses to cooperate), frozen pipes, including the drain in the bath tub and all manner of annoyances for the last 8-10 days. Up here in the North West of Washington State, the weather has been on a terror. So, these little valentines have put a smile on my face and the song back in my soul.

I thank you.
Posted by Haggis for Breakfast | Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:35 AM (6 replies)

A Trailblazer to the End: Rear Admiral, Alene B. Duerk

Admiral Alene B. Duerk, first female admiral, passes away at the age of 98.

It took 197 years, but an innovative and forward-thinking CNO, Elmo Zumwalt, broke tradition by elevating her name to selection in 1972, making her the first woman (flag rank) to ascend to Admiral. President Nixon agreed and approved.

In 1941, Alene Duerk joined the U. S. Naval Reserve as an Ensign after graduating from the Toledo Hospital School of Nursing. She completed tours at Naval Hospital Portsmouth (where she earned sailor of the year honors), Naval Hospital Bethesda and at sea aboard the USS Benevolence. During her tour in 1945, Duerk provided aid to wounded personnel returning from fighting the Japanese in WWII.

Duerk was released from active dury in 1946, however, she returned in 1951 as a nursing instructor at the Naval Hospital School in Portsmouth. She would spent the next 20 years assigned to hospitals in San Diego and Yokosuka (Japan), before joining recruiting efforts in Chicago and Washington.

In 1970, she was appointed Director of the Navy Nurse Corps, where she expanded Navy medical capabilities in anesthesia, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology and ambulatory care.

In 1975, Rear Admiral Duerk retired but remained involved in Navy Medicine foe the rest of her life.

For more on this amazing woman: (https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/diversity/women-in-the-navy/first-female-flag-officer.html).

Admiral Alene Duerk blazed a trail of stellar performance in tough jobs, serving as an inspiration for an ever-increasing number of women officers who have followed in her steps.

Semper Fortis, Admiral Duerk. Fair winds and a followin' seas . . .
Posted by Haggis for Breakfast | Wed Jul 25, 2018, 11:59 PM (1 replies)
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