Southern Women In The Civil War- This was the trial that tested the grain and purity of our womanhood, and left it without alloy of fear or selfishness

And there was no section of the South where this desire to do all they might, and more was oftener in evidence than another. In every camp of the early days of the great struggle, the incoming troops bore trophies of home love, and as the war progressed to need, then to dire want–the sacrifices of those women at home became almost a poem, and one most pathetic. Dress–misconceived as the feminine fetish–was forgotten in the effort to clothe the boys at the front; the family larder–ill-stocked at the best–was depleted to nothingness, to send to distant camps those delicacies–so equally freighted with tenderness and dyspepsia–which too often never reached their destination. And later, the carpets were taken from the floors, the curtains from the windows–alike in humble homes and in dwellings of the rich–to be cut in blankets for the uncomplaining fellows, sleeping on freezing mud.

So wide, so universal was the rule of self-sacrifice, that no one reference to it can do justice to the zeal and devotion of “Our Girls.” And the best proof of both was in the hospitals, where soon began to congregate the maimed and torn forms of those just sent forth to glory and victory. This was the trial that tested the grain and purity of our womanhood, and left it without alloy of fear or selfishness. And some of the women who wrought in home and hospital–yen in trench and on the firing line–for the “boys,” had never before handled aught rougher than embroidery; or seen aught more fearsome than its needle-prick. Yes, these untried women, young and old, stood fire like veteran regulars! indeed, even more bravely in moral view, for they missed the stimulus of the charge–the tonic in the thought of striking back! 

T. C. DeLeon’s Eloquent Tribute to Their Courage WHAT THEY DID FOR WOUNDED AND SUFFERING SOLDIERS. The Hospital Offered Opportunities for Heroism. [From the New Orleans, La., Picayune, June 12, 1904.] http://civilwarhome.com/southernwomen.htm

“Aftermath” Painting- shows Civil War nurse, Fannie Beers (model-Laura Bradley) at Brown’s Mill battlefield the afternoon of the battle. By Martin Pate http://www.martinpate.com/

Weathered and Beaten - Iceland by Ron Kroetz
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Sólheimasandur Plane Crash - In 1973 a United States Navy DC plane ran out of fuel and crashed on the black beach at Sólheimasandur, south coast Iceland. Everyone in that plane survived though. Later it turned out that the pilot had simply switched over to the wrong fuel tank. The remains are still on the sand very close to the sea. guidetoiceland.is/connect-with-locals/jorunnsg/the-abando…

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New Report Reveals The Severe Economic Impacts Climate Change Will Have In The South

Climate change is set to hit the Southeast United States and Texas hard.

That’s the conclusion of a new report from the Risky Business Project, a nonprofit that focuses on the economic impacts of climate change. The report, which focused on 12 states — 11 states in the Southeastern United States plus Texas — found that the increased heat and humidity that these states are expected to experience as the climate changes will put the region’s recent manufacturing boom at risk.

South Rim Sunrise by Alex Burke
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Big Bend National Park, Texas - April 2014 Provia 100f 4x5, 90mm Caltar lens 1 second at f32, 2 stop soft GND filter The views from here were just unbelievable. From This point you can see for miles over the Rio Grande and into the mountain ranges of Mexico. Check out my blog post on this trip here: Big Bend National Park Blog Post

Okay how do people do heat? Like hot damn.

I guess if I lived somewhere hot I’d be used to it maybe buuuutttt…. Yeah, probably not. I would literally just like stay inside all the time..

Oh wait… I do that now. XD

ANYWAYS.

It was literally like 95 today and pretty humid. Not like a swamp but not exactly comfortable either.

We luckily went out to the new casino and to the shops by Gillette Stadium so air conditioned.

but. umm.

HOW THE HECK DO YOU PEOPLE DO IT!?

I know AZ gets way hotter than 95 but that’s at least not that humid or even humid at all I don’t think? And cool at night? I would still suffer though. Damn.

*Cough* 6woofs queenofcritters *cough*

But okay. Florida. (And Alabama. and Georgia. and Louisiana. and all those) Humid and mosquitos (right?) and 5 million gators and snakes and spiders and scary stuff and…. HOW? WHY!?

*cough* huskyhuddle ofdreamsandomens and I think possibly wherehorsesmeetdogs ? *cough*

Just…

How? Why?

And I know people probably wonder how myself, thepoodlepack flamesconsort livefreeandhowl stubby-tail demonhyena and anyone else from up here deal with the cold and snow just as much as I wonder about the heat but honestly? I think I would so much rather have the cold thanks lol

I sure as heck was not saying that when winter lasted until literally April this year and the giant snow pile in Boston didn’t even melt till this month though but that’s different lol normally I prefer it.

Long, depressing winter sucks but at least I’m not getting headaches and losing half my body weight in sweat :P

I just..

Yeah. No.

80s and 90s is enough for me thank you very much.

Sorry, this got really long lol