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I'm a country strong, farm raised guy from Southern Indiana who loves God, Family, and Football. I also enjoy riding horses, ATVs, and hunting. I've been blogging randomly for years in an attempt to put my English degree to work.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Today is ‘Pearl Harbor Day’ – a ‘day that will live in infamy’.  Some events in American history really stand out, and this is certainly one of them.  Many people – both soldiers and civilians – lost their lives that day, which of course launched our involvement in WWII.  Although I was not born until 1972, I feel it was still well-etched in the minds of people at that time. Now, 75 years later, memories are fading but fortunately not forgotten. National Geographic actually has a really nice site with interactive multimedia dedicated to this sad event. To their credit, they have finally removed the horrendous ads which plagued the site for a couple of years. I encourage everyone to check it out here and spend a little time just exploring and understanding:
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/pearlharbor/

You can also read an engaging eyewitness account of the day here:
http://saturdaybriefing.outrigger.com/featured-post/eyewitness-to-history-75th-anniversary-recollections-of-pearl-harbor/

Say a prayer today for those who lost lives, loved ones, or who gave up their personal freedom as a result of this event. But also say a prayer for our country and leaders. Terror strikes a new face these days, and divisiveness is stronger than ever. But I feel confident that Americans will always rise to meet those who threaten our freedom. God bless America – may our flag forever wave.

Why this blog?

Some folks might question why I’ve added blogging to this site. Actually, I’ve been blogging for several years – first with Microsoft Live blogging, then WordPress.com, and then to my hosted blog (the former ‘thoughtnot’ blog). I closed that blog up a few years ago when I found I just didn’t have time to focus on it. It was also running an older version of WordPress that didn’t auto-update as easily, so every update was a major time-consuming pain.

I’ve been a writer (of sorts) since my high school days. I prefer short stories, poems, and small musings. Notice I didn’t say I was a good writer, but I try. 🙂 I enjoy having someplace to share my thoughts, but social media, for me, is not the place. I avoid Facebook like the plague. In fact, I’m pretty sure Facebook IS a plague.

This site – mikeandemily.com – may seem like a strange site name to host a blog. But it does represent my thoughts and our lives, to an extent. Maybe someday I can get Emily to blog. lol! For now, I thought it was silly to pay the annual fee just to save the sitename and point it to a static page. So why not use it? Hopefully you’ll join me here from time to time. I like getting feedback/conversation on stuff I post, so feel free to chime in. Maybe I’ll keep up with it better this time!  (Also, please excuse any strange issues that come up for a while as I work the kinks out of the site configuration. Thanks!)

~Mike