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 on: September 16, 2011, 05:11:04 am 
Started by lewis - Last post by Zoya12
Wonderful poem.

 on: July 19, 2011, 01:47:23 am 
Started by Joseph Scott Morris - Last post by Joseph Scott Morris

 on: March 19, 2011, 01:17:54 pm 
Started by Martin Gross - Last post by Martin Gross
Protecting two babies as though they were hers,
A she-wolf is suckling twin boys.
How strange that she'd nurture what any wolf rather would eat,
But these human orphans sing music that stirs
In her never-felt-before joys.
Now Romulus hums grandiose melodies at her teat:
They sound like the start of a great symphony,
A structure like eternal Rome;
While Remus, though lacking his brother's so powerful voice,
Still charms his step-mother, has her sympathy,
And with her has always a home.
Not forced to protect these musicians, she does so by choice.
Her sensitive ears cherish every sweet tune.
She cries her approval--a song
Antiphonal to theirs, complementary, a compliment.
The sun, setting, will be usurped by the moon.
The wolf knows that it won't be long
Before night makes the sun's orange purple, then black. There'll be sent
Packs of ravenous animals that would devour
Her beloved babes, and their notes.
Those beasts wish to silence her sons: they'd have their howls the lords
Of the night, for those brutes would change sweet into sour.
She won't let them, for she ever dotes
On her boys; so together, the three of them sing, and their chords
Will drown out the growls of those envious brutes.
These babies love their foster mother,
And they will remember that she-wolf's attentive, big ears.
Without her, those babes would be forgotten mutes.
Her song is akin to no other,
For no mother loves as she's loved them, or hears as she hears. 

 on: March 19, 2011, 01:08:39 pm 
Started by Martin Gross - Last post by Martin Gross
Thanks, Marie.  This poem is a tribute to a woman named Dawn, who often listened to music published on a website called Jamendo.  She would write up enthusiastic reviews of much of the music, but recently she had to leave the community, because too much time on the internet meant she wasn't giving enough time to her family and friends.  We musicians all hope she'll return one day. 

 on: March 10, 2011, 06:12:42 am 
Started by Joseph Scott Morris - Last post by Joseph Scott Morris
Myra Lynn Gross Kress

(September 27, 1961 - March 2, 2011)

Myra Lynn Gross Kress: Tribute

Tribute for my niece.

 on: March 04, 2011, 12:38:48 pm 
Started by Martin Gross - Last post by Marie
Hi Martin,

Beautiful tribute.  Loved it.  Thnk you so very much for sharing this with us.

take care and hugs, Marie Smiley

 on: March 02, 2011, 09:48:40 am 
Started by Martin Gross - Last post by Martin Gross
Earth slowly turns her head to greet the sun,
And all the birds begin to sing
While Dawn's enormous ears do welcome their sweet notes.
Saying, "Music to my ears is here!  No one
Can sculpt of sound a lovely thing
As all your warbling," Dawn's a listener who dotes
On rhythm, melody, and harmony.
The lyricism of the lark
Is rarely heard beyond the the small, secluded garden
That is its home, but Dawn's ears' charity
Even the softest song will mark,
Give praise to its beauty, and its imperfections pardon--
The only sounds she never seems to hear.
A true dawn, turning dark to light,
She makes the timid wren's hidden tune manifest.
But as the dawn becomes the day, her ear
Must leave to bring an end to night
In other places.  As the sun sets in the west,
And we poor songbirds, lacking our good friend,
Coo our dejection in the dark,
We dream of Dawn all through night's slowly dragging hours.
We wait for her return, to bring an end
To our black here, and then the lark
Will chirrup joyfully from all the groves and bowers.   

 on: September 26, 2010, 08:02:59 am 
Started by Joseph Scott Morris - Last post by Joseph Scott Morris

Father of the Greenback
(Documented: February 10, 1888 by the 50th United States Congress)
[Documentation proved]

The Originator of Greenback Currency
(The National Magazine, Volume 16. April-November, 1892)

[Portrait by Joseph Scott Morris]

Colonel Edmund D. Taylor, the Honorable Veteran, Statesmen and Entrepreneur, was born on the eighteenth day of October 1804, in Lunenburg, Virginia, also known as Lunenburg Courthouse, with the birth name Edmund Richard Taylor. He was the son of Giles Taylor: a merchant, revolutionary veteran and commissary under General Nathanael Greene's command during the Revolutionary War. His mother was Sina (Stokes) Taylor.

1806, the family moved to Lexington, Kentucky.

1808, they moved to Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

1814, in April, moved to Gallatin County, Illinois.

1823, he began general merchandising with Col. John Taylor in Springfield, Illinois.

1827, Edmund served as a private during the Winnebago War in Captain Bowling Green's Company.

In December of this same year, the Historical Society of Illinois was organized with the following members:
Judge James Hall was president, Governor Edward Coles and Chief-Justice William Wilson, vice presidents, James Whitlock Secretary, Robert H. Peebles, Librarian, Representative John Reynolds, Edmund D. Taylor, William Hubbard Brown, Judge James McRoberts, United States Attorney Sidney Breese,  William Thomas, John Mason Peck, Judge Richard Montgomery Young, Attorney General Samuel Drake Lockwood, Judge David Jewett Baker, William Lee Davidson Ewing, Peter Cartwright and Supreme Court Justice Theophilus Washington Smith.

1829 September 28th, he married Margaret Taylor in Springfield, Illinois. She was born December 28, 1813 in Kentucky, daughter of Col. John Taylor and Elizabeth (Burkhead) Taylor.

1830, he was elected to the Illinois State Legislature, representing Sangamon County.

1831 June 13, he was commissioned to the rank of Colonel during the Black Hawk War by Governor John Reynolds.

1832, re-elected to the Illinois House of Representatives and defeated Abraham Lincoln.

1834, elected Senator, [Vice Taylor] from Sangamon County.

1835 March 4, appointed by President Andrew Jackson to Receiver of Public Moneys in Chicago, he accepted the appointment and during his commission, he sold nearly 400,000 acres.

In June, Edmund announced that bills of the Bank of Michigan, Farmers' and Mechanics' Bank of Michigan, all security banks of New York State, the banks of Cleveland, and the banks of Cincinnati would be accepted for payment of land.

Later in the year, the branch of the State Bank of Illinois was established in Chicago, but did not open until January of 1836.

1836 January 16, the Galena & Chicago Union Railroad was incorporated; Edmund was appointed commissioner and director. It later became the first Railroad built to Chicago.

Also in January, Chicago branch of State Bank of Illinois was the first bank to open in Chicago, the following were directors: John H. Kinzie, Edmund D. Taylor, George W. Dole, Henry B. Clarke, Walter Kimball, Gurdon S. Hubbard, Peter Pruyne, Elijah Kent Hubbard and William H. Brown was Cashier.

1837, listed on the Board of Trustees for Rush Medical College.

1839, he opened the first Chicago wholesale jobbing house, and named it 'Taylor, Breese & Co'.

December, in honor of the opening of Second session to convened at Springfield December 9, a Grand Ball: 'Cotillion Party' was planned for December 16, at the American House and the managers were: Edmund D. Taylor, Robert Allen, Nicholas H. Ridgely,  John A. McClernand, James Shields, Stephen A. Douglas, F. W. Todd, W. H. Wash, Joshua F. Speed, M. Eastman, W. S. Prentice, Jonathan R. Diller, N. E. Whiteside, Ninian Wirt Edwards, E. H. Merriman and Abraham Lincoln.

1849, Edmund D. Taylor and Thomas Dyer purchased the branch of the Indiana State Bank in Michigan City, Taylor & Dyer.

1853-4, opened a bank in Chicago, D. Kreigh & Co., also known as Taylor & Kreigh, Edmund D. Taylor and David Kreigh.

1857, listed on the Founding Board of Trustees for The University of Chicago, later known as the Old University of Chicago. Edmund's son William W. Taylor and Robert Todd Lincoln attended this University.

February 5, the Chicago Merchants' Exchange company was incorporated by: Edmund D. Taylor, Thomas Hall,
George Armour, James Peck, John P. Chapin, Walter S. Gurnee, Edward K. Rogers, Thomas Richmond, Julian S. Rumsey, Samuel B. Pomeroy, Elisha Wadsworth, Walter Loomis Newberry, Hiram Wheeler and George Steele.

February 14, the Chicago Savings Institution and Trust Company was incorporated by Edmund D. Taylor, Peter Page, Grant Goodrich, Walter Loomis Newberry, Walter S. Gurnee, Charles Harmon, John P. Chapin, Thomas Heale, James Peck, Benjamin W. Raymond, Edward K. Rogers, Amos G. Throop, William H. Brown, Tuthill King, Philo Carpenter, George W. Dole and Edward I. Tinkham.

1861, in a meeting at General Grants Headquarters, Edmund mentions his idea for greenbacks.

1862, he received a request by President Abraham Lincoln for a private meeting, and suggested the issuance of treasury notes bearing no interest. [Greenbacks]

1863, appointed chairman of the coal operators in Illinois, at a Convention in Chicago.

1864, a signed letter dated December 16, by President A. Lincoln, named Col. Edmund D. Taylor "The father of the greenback".

1871, the Great Chicago Fire destroyed fourteen stores owned by Edmund.

1888, President A. Lincoln's hand written letter to Edmund, was verified and included in the War Claims Report No. 380, 50th U.S. Congress, and was ordered printed. U.S. G.P.O.

1891, Edmund died at his daughter's house, Chicago, Illinois.



The Free Resource


(Tribute for my 3 x great-uncle Taylor)


Note from Joe: My apologies for the prior usage of spacing between letters in his name. As noted, on July 17, 2011, this forum's host applied a global censor to all its forums... requiring webmaster's to pay to remove the censored words that they choose at will. Tributes appear to be none exempt as well.

As a writer, I can Not support such an idea. In my opinion: censor mods do not belong on writing forums, also... I am considering deleting this forum. -Joe

 on: March 02, 2009, 04:34:15 pm 
Started by Rudy K. Graf - Last post by Marie
Hello Rudy,

Welcome to notes of Life.  Nice to meet you and I will be looking forward to reading your works.

Hugs, Marie Smiley

 on: March 01, 2009, 11:27:51 am 
Started by Rudy K. Graf - Last post by Joseph Scott Morris
Hello Rudy...

Welcome to Notes of Life!

Your friend,

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