Posted on Leave a comment

The Daily Flag News—December 14, 2007

A fifty foot flagpole, a big U.S. flag, and a hot cup of coffee sound good to me. In fact, it makes me want to take a little trip and enjoy a cup on Mr. Rocheleau’s porch with him. That would be a pleasure.

Local man’s replica flags honor service, sacrifice and country : Local News : Ventura County Star
ericparsonsflags.jpgEvery morning in the stillness at daybreak, Brian Rocheleau sits on his front porch with a cup of coffee, gazes at the rolling hills surrounding his 30-acre ranch in the Santa Rosa Valley and listens to what he says is the soothing, rippling sound of his 20-by-30-foot American flag as it catches a breeze beneath the brightening sky.

Flying high on a 50-foot fiberglass pole in his front yard, the giant flag is an imposing sight of undulating red, white and blue that mingles with the dawn’s silence — the best part of the day, said Rocheleau, a time he sets aside for personal reflection.

A great bunch of people surrounding the 97 year-old Captain Ralph Styles. I hope he’s recovered and back home for this evenings gathering.

Pearl Harbor survivor inspires appreciation for US flag – Local & State News – Tampa Bay’s 10 –
captainralphstyles.jpgSiesta Key, Florida– Every evening as the sun sets on Siesta Key, dozens gather to witness, or even help in what’s become a neighborhood tradition. They gather honoring the United States flag at the home of 97 year old Captain Ralph Styles, a retired submarine commander in the Navy, who was there for Pearl Harbor, and spent his entire career protecting the country he loves.

“I think it’s very moving because people come here from the heart,” said Steve Golden, a retired US Air Force Colonel. “I realized today was Dec 7th, Pearl Harbor Day, and I told my wife, we have to be here.”

I love looking at these old flags, but WOW! $1.5 million dollars to store and preserve these battle flags.

Concord Monitor – 5 questions about flag restoration
concordbattleflag.jpgThe last time experts examined the 100 decaying regimental flags displayed at the State House in Concord, they estimated it would cost at least $600,000 to preserve them. The Legislature established a fund for preserving the flags 18 years ago, but only $1,300 has been collected. Now, Dan Meehan, the state commander for the New Hampshire Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and a class at Woodsville High School are trying to reinvigorate fundraising for the project. We spoke with Meehan, a Rochester firefighter.

Why is it important to the save the flags? It’s part of our New Hampshire history. A lot of those flags were carried by New Hampshire men and women from the Civil War on up through Vietnam. . . . Some of these have been on the field of Gettysburg.

I’m slightly partial on this matter, being Texan and all, but I think it’s plain as the band on your cowboy hat which state has the best cowboys. So many folks are all hat and no cattle.

Casper Star-Tribune Online – Pro
nfrcowboys.jpgOne question gets cowboys particularly riled up: “So, where are the best cowboys from?”

Bareback bronc rider Justin McDaniel of Porum, Okla., says matter-of-factly, “Green Country, for sure.”

Fellow bareback rider Bobby Mote of Culver, Ore., is a little more practical, suggesting that by sheer numbers, it has to be Texas.

And then there are Wyoming cowboys.

“Wyoming, by far, man,” said Mills’ Kelly Timberman, who was leading the bareback competition of the National Finals Rodeo through Sunday with 339 points on four head. “We’re born cowboys when we hit the ground, we want to be cowboys when we’re teenagers, and we follow through ’til we’re old and gray and drinking beer and team roping.”

It’s never to early to start teaching boys to be good citizens. That’s what I like about the Scouting program.

Index Journal | Greenwood, SC | News
officer-cubscout.jpg“The flag had gotten pretty ratty, and any time it starts getting faded, you’re supposed to change it, by flag law,” Ehney said. “I asked my boss, Keith Harbin, if we could change it and bring the Scouts over. He was nice enough to allow us to use the facility here.”

Eight of the pack’s 10 dens attended the event, bringing more than 50 Scouts, ages 6 to 11, to the flag pole.

“When a flag is in such a condition it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be replaced and destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning,” Ehney said Monday.

Posted on Leave a comment

Confession is Good for the …

0807071431 Permit me a bit of self-indulgence today. I have a confession to make, and I feel a little uncomfortable revealing this about myself.


I like coffee! Yep, coffee—no cream, no sugar, no messing with my coffee. It wasn’t always so. Growing up, I thought coffee tasted terrible and wanted nothing to do with it. Years later, discovered that Americans weren’t getting the good beans, and we didn’t know any better.


All coffee doesn’t taste the same and trying different beans, blends, and roasts led me to Kona coffee. Kona is the only American grown coffee, coming from the big island of Hawaii, and in a medium roast, is supercalifragilisticexpealidocious. It sits kindly upon the tongue, with hints of lava and ocean spray seeping into the palate … Well, truthfully, all I know is that it is good, without any bitter fore—or after—taste. Smooth all the way and very pleasing to the tastebuds. Oh, how I love Kona, and I would drink it everyday if I could afford it.

starbucks-logoBecause of this, Starbucks was never been a place I wanted to hang out and drink coffee. Yes, I met people there and drank the coffee, but I never enjoyed the drink as much as the conversation. The beans were burnt, somewhere past dark roast, and the coffee was bitter. Really bitter …

A few months ago, a friend gave me a gift card to Starbucks, so lately while out running errands, Deborah and I have dropped in for a coffee break. I would order my usual Tall Coffee, no room for cream, and Deborah would order up some  frappu-something-or-other or a capic-something, which I never even tasted. You see, I was a coffee snob.

Yesterday, we were running a couple of quick errands, and stopped by a Starbucks—I ventured off the farm for the first time.

The Confession

I tried a Raspberry Mocha Frappuccino (I don’t know why, I just like raspberries), and I must say, it was good. Of course, the raspberry added a lot of enjoyment to the mix, but it was cold, tasty, and slightly refreshing—Well, truthfully, I may have to order another in the near future.

So what does this have to do with flags? Well, sometimes I go to the coffee shop to sit and write articles about flags. Is that close enough?

Okay, confession over, I’m heading to a local coffee shop to do some writing this morning. Hmmm … I wonder how far that Starbucks is from here?

Technorati Tags: , ,