Introduction and Index

Wreck of the Sea Venture 1609 Samuel Jordan was evidently the first Jordan to settle in English America. Some reports say that Samuel was born in Lyme Regis, Dorsetshire, England, and his birth year is given as 1575 or 1578.  Samuel was on the ship Sea Venture that shipwrecked off Bermuda in July 1609. The […]

Faith Alive

My wife Ann and I professed our Christian faith. We realized that we were imperfect people in desperate need of God’s love and mercy. We acknowledged and confessed our sins, and we placed our belief and hope in our Savior, Jesus Christ.  We praised the Lord for His many blessings, and we knew that as […]

In the Name of God

Every Thursday I attend a round table discussion with a group of 20-30 other men.  Any topic can be on the table, and the free flow of ideas is fascinating.  The meeting takes place at a senior center.  Some attendees are as young as 50, but most are in the 65-75 age range. Today one […]

The Titanic

The Titanic One hundred  seven years ago, in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912, the great ocean liner Titanic, pride of the White Star line, slipped beneath the frigid surface of the North Atlantic and began its slow descent to the ocean’s floor.  Approximately 1500 people went down with the ship or perished […]

My Diverse Family

As I posted my entry titled “An American”, I reflected on how my own family has changed in recent years.  As far as I can discover, all of my paternal and maternal ancestors emigrated to America from Britain or western Europe before the American Revolution.  In many ways we were a very insular people.  This […]

An American

Some years after 9/11 there was a report that someone in Pakistan had published in a newspaper an offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American. So, an Australian dentist wrote the following to let everyone know what an American is, so they would know when they found one: “An American […]

The Bataan Death March

American sailors and soldiers have left their bones in lands and seas all over the globe.  One place that lives on in military lore is the peninsula of Bataan, on the island of Luzon, in the Philippines. United States forces had occupied the Philippines during the Spanish American War, and by terms of the treaty […]

A Mediterranean Cruise

As we endured the cold of winter, it was good to think of warmer times.  In June 2018, I had the privilege of taking a Mediterranean cruise with members of my family – three sons, three daughters-in-law, one grandson, three granddaughters, one grandson-in-law, and two other in-laws.  What a motley crew we were.  Italy may […]