Wreaths Across America began more than 16 years ago when Worcester Wreath Company began a tradition of placing wreaths during the holidays on the headstones of our nation’s fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery.
Since then, Worcester Wreath has donated 90,000 wreaths that are placed by volunteers in a wreath-laying ceremony each December. Last year, 286 participating locations also hosted Wreaths Across America ceremonies in their local cemeteries, placing 32,553 wreaths on the headstones of those who served and sacrificed for our freedoms. This year it’s anticipated that number will exceed 350 locations and 100,000 wreaths placed in honor, including Arlington National Cemetery. Visit this site to learn if your community will be participating in Wreaths Across America.
Listening for free
Looking for free, full-length audio books online for a long car trip? Check out Librivox, volunteer-recorded audio books. The current collection includes 1,896 completed works, all free, all public domain. Librivox produce anywhere from 60 to 115 works in a given month, placing it among the most prolific publishers of audio books in the world with books in 26 different languages. Books include classics from Twain, Austen, Nietzsche, Zola, Plato, Shakespeare, Sun Tzu, as well as many more obscure books.
The most popular are classics by Bronte, Twain, Austen, L.M. Montgomery, Thomas Hardy, Dickens, and Conan Doyle. Einstein’s “Relativity: The Special and General Theory” has been downloaded 38,000 times, indicating a broad range of interest displayed by listeners.
Download your free selection into your computer, I-pod or other device, relax, and enjoy. If you’d rather do the talking than listening, Librivox invites you to join other volunteers who record their favorite works for others to hear.
Miller led one of the best-known “Big Bands,” and was among the best-selling recording artists from 1939 to 1942. His signature recordings include, “In the Mood”, “Tuxedo Junction”, “Chattanooga Choo Choo”, “Moonlight Serenade”, “Little Brown Jug”, and “Pennsylvania 6-5000.”
Miller’s body was never found, but his name is etched on a “Wall of the Missing” at the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial in England, which lists another 5,127 of those who were lost in battle, among them, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Another 3,812 of our fallen heroes rest peacefully on the grounds.
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Curiosities and more
The most popular blog in the world as ranked by Technorati.com’s fans is Boing Boing, a compilation of cultural curiosities and interesting technologies. An example of Boing Boing’s recent posts include “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians Gets the Mystery Science 3000 Treatment from Cinematic Titanic,” “The Price of Oil in Perspective” and “The Gallery of Obsolete Computers.” It won the Lifetime Achievement and Best Group Blog awards at the 2006 Bloggies ceremony and is ranked 5th in Technorati’s top 100 blogsites.
Blogs are pervasive and part of our daily lives, a global phenomenon that has hit the mainstream and studies show they’re here to stay. For example, comScore MediaMetrix reports that last August, blogs attracted 77.7 million unique visitors in the U.S.
Social networks Facebook had 41.0 million , while MySpace had 75.1 million. Total internet audience numbered 188.9 million.
Who are the bloggers, why and how do they do what they do, and what is the impact on their lives and work?
To find out, Technorati conducted a survey from a random sample from more than 1.2 million of its registered bloggers. Read the entire report, which shows that Bloggers have been at it an average of three years and are collectively creating close to one million posts every day.