Remembering Animals Who Served Our Country: Abel and Baker

Happy Memorial Day! A few months back, my husband and I took a trip down to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. One of the exhibits told about two rhesus monkeys, Abel and Baker, who were the first animals to successfully be recovered after a launch into space. I knew when I saw this exhibit that I was going to write about them in the Pets Blog, but I decided to save it for May 28, because it was on May 28, 1959 when they made their historical journey. (An altitude of 300 miles for a distance … Continue reading

A Memorial Day Thank-You to Those Who Served

I just watched the National Memorial Day tribute concert on TV. As usual, I cried—for an old classmate, for a friend’s father, for all the mothers who’ve lost sons and children who’ve lost fathers, for women my age who shouldn’t have become widows for another forty-plus years. But this time, I cried for a reason I’d never even thought of before. You may be wondering what this has to do with adoption. Here’s the connection, which I never made before today. Watching the concert reminded me of a dear family friend, almost a grandfather to me, who fought in Korea. … Continue reading

Memorial Day Yard Sales

Today is a great day to go visit those yard sales, garage sales and tag sales! Believe it or not, extended holiday weekends can yield plenty of sales and plenty of bargains. Memorial Day, the unofficial start to summer, is a great day to take advantage of the sales in your area. You might think that everyone has gone down to the beach for the weekend, but you would be surprised how so many people take advantage of this time to clean out their houses and get a fresh start on summer. With the windows open, summer parties happening, and … Continue reading

Memorial Day Travel Deals

I know. I know. It’s not even Mother’s Day yet and I’m already planning for Memorial Day. Well, if you are organizing a family vacation that includes more than just a couple of adults, then you know how critical it is to plan as far in advance as possible AND, perhaps, more importantly, you realize the benefits of taking advantage of travel deals. Here are a few I have my eyes on: A Rocking Good Time In New York If your family is looking for a fun place to have an early summer fling then you should consider heading to … Continue reading

Memorial Day

This is one of the biggest weekends for holiday travel. People visit family and friends all over the country. They also buy flowers and visit cemeteries to remember loved ones, and many fly Old Glory. Memorial Day gives us a chance to remember those who have gone before us, but it is intended as an occasion to honor those who have made great sacrifices so that we can enjoy the freedoms we too often take for granted. People have given so much of themselves, even their lives, so that we can live freely, so that we can exercise our rights. … Continue reading