Thursday, March 31, 2016

Hope for the Future; Joshua Kosswig wearing a onesie from our "new baby" bag



Joshua Kosswig wearing a onesie from our "new baby" bag filled with wonderful things. This project was funded by the Friends of the Libraries and is available to all newborns in Farmington.


Children are just amazing in their need to absorb the world around them and especially the world within books. Joshua is indeed very lucky to have parents who take him to the Library.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

American Rebel, The Life of Clint Eastwood by Marc Eliot


American Rebel, The Life of Clint Eastwood by Marc Eliot is a copious compilation of Eastwoods’ life through 2009. A filmography, biography, and insightful view of one of Americas most well known twentieth century actors, producers and directors; revealing back stories of major players in the movie industry.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

William Doyle’s PT 109 (940.54) Jay Johnston's Review



William Doyle’s PT 109: AN AMERICAN EPIC OF WAR, SURVIVAL, AND THE DESTINY OF JOHN F. KENNEDY.

“I do not remember his name.
I never knew it, but I will always remember him.”

John F. Kennedy




This well written book is driven by a great story supported with notes, sources, appendices, photos, and unpublished narratives. It is captivating as Doyle conveys the misfortune, disorganization, and surprises of combat.  Although we all know the story, the environmental and historic fabric it is woven with is not to be missed. I highly recommend this wonderful Biography.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Unlikeable: The Problem with Hillary by Edward Klein


After reading Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success

By Michael D'Antonio, I decided to read Ed Klein’s Unlikeable: The Problem With Hillary. I will say that after reading both books and now diving into Bill Doyle’s PT 109;  940.54, that neither of the above two lives hold a candle to the seven days JFK and his crew spent surviving in the South Pacific. I will spend a great deal more time reporting on this last JFK book and let you decide about the others.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A submariner's perspective “When You Understand”





Bill Case, a fellow submariner, sent me this lovely reflection of our common experience.  I am sharing it with you now, along with a photo of my boat, with the hope it brings new perspective to this day.  JJ





When you understand

Provided by Bob MacPherson, September 30, 2014

When the hatch closes over your head, the OOD says last man down and the COW says green board, you understand the meaning of adventure.

When... the only thing between you and millions of gallons of seawater is a steel hull and some closed valves, you understand the meaning of courage.

When sonar calls out to the conn “high speed screws in the water” in hostile waters, you understand the meaning of fear.

When the messenger passes out the only family grams the satellite could catch and yours isn’t one, you learn the meaning of loneliness.

When hissing water in the overhead turns from a slight annoyance to a terrifying rushing cascade bouncing off the hull and equipment, you understand the meaning of survival.

When you hear the quick sound that a curtain makes on your rack that indicates your watch is about to begin, you understand the meaning of irritation.

When you see a brother stand at attention while the Captain pins on the fish he worked so hard to earn, you understand the meaning of pride.

When you retire and they pipe you over the side for the very last time, you learn the meaning of great sadness.

When your eyes grow dim and your strength ebbs with age, you understand the meaning of envy every time you see a submarine getting underway. 

When a shipmate from a time so long ago passes on, and people say so many things they wish they had said before they departed, you understand regret.