Potsdam Conference conclusion

Pacific Paratrooper

Potsdam Conference, July-August 1945. President Harry S. Truman introducing his driver, Private First Class Warren E. Baker to Secretary of State James F. Byrnes, both from the same home town. President Truman had been inspecting the 3Rd Armored Division near Frankfurt, Germany. Photographed by CPhoM William Belknap Jr., released July 26, 1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph,

26 July, the same day that Clement Attlee defeated Winston Churchill in the election for Prime Minister, the Potsdam Declaration was sent to the enemy. The exact wording of this document made it unthinkable for Japan to accept. Once again, the lack of understanding for a foreign culture would hinder the road to peace.

Keep in mind, while still at sea on the ‘Augusta,’ Byrnes had received a message from Sweden stating that Japanese Major Gen. Makoto Onodera, having authorization from the Emperor, wished to enter into peace negotiations. The only stipulation being that…

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Life In The Narrow Lane ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

Life in the narrow lane,
needs to be taken slow
and you must be willing
to go with the flow.

You’ll need to keep up,
with the stressful pace
if you want to finish
the faithful race.

Life in the narrow lane,
leads to the gate
that will determine
your eternal fate.

You’ll need to be aware,
of the bumps in the way
that may cause you
from the truth to stray.

Life in the narrow lane,
was paved before us
by the saints who put . . .
in Jesus all their trust!


Matthew 7:13–14

Enter ye in at the strait gate:
for wide is the gate, and broad
is the way, that leadeth to
destruction, and many there
be which go in thereat:

Because strait is the gate,
and narrow is the way,
which leadeth unto life,
and few there be that find it.

King James Version

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The Adventures of Captain Zapp: Episode One

Once upon a time in Beauregard City lived a man named William Hopp. He had a son named Zachary. They lived in a mansion on a mountain that overlooked the Beauregard City. Although they were William and Zachary in person, they were also Captain Zapp and Zappin. Together, they fought evil villains who terrorized Beauregard City.

In the Beauregard City Park, and family of four were taking a walk. All of a sudden, the evil Dr. Crooker took out his blaster zapper and zapped the family. News of this got to the chief. The chief said to the commissioner, “This is horrible. He must be stopped.”

The commissioner replied, “I will call the only one who can stop him.”

The commissioner picked up the Zap Phone and made the call.

Meanwhile, William and Zachary were watching Scooby Doo cartoons when the Zap Phone rang. William immediately answered it saying, “Yes, commissioner.”

The commissioner said, “Captain Zapp, the evil Dr. Crooker has zapped an innocent family with his blaster zapper. He must be stopped.”

“We are on our way,” said William.

William and Zachary immediately went into the Zap Room and became Captain Zapp and Zappin. They jumped into the Zapmobile and drove to the evil Dr. Crooker’s hideout. When they arrived, they immediately went inside and saw the evil Dr. Crooker developing another evil plan. Captain Zapp said, “You have really done it this time.”

“Not so fast,” said the evil Dr. Crooker. “You just fell into my evil trap.”

The trap door opened underneath Captain Zapp and Zappin. They immediately fell into a huge oven where they were about to be cooked.


Oh, What A Gain ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

Oh, what a gain,
it’s going to be
when my Savior
I finally see.

Though I may lose,
on earth my standing
one day in heaven
I will be landing.

Oh, what a joy,
it’s going to be
when my Father
I’ll at last see.

Though in the world,
I have been hated
God’s love for me
has never abated.

Oh, what a gain,
for me it will be
if living like Christ
means heaven I’ll see!


Philippians 1:21

For to me
to live is Christ,
and to die is gain.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Sad Cafe X

House of Heart

I’ve been here forever

hidden in fantasies,

dimly lit rooms where

moonbeams caper blithely

on the river Seine.

All of my memories are strangers

that come and go.

I want them to know

the smokey purple of lunar tides,

the bittersweet of Rose red.

They linger beneath lamp lit streets,

shadows on tiger paws.

Rue de Seine (1971) …David Hockney

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Flirtatious Flow 💦

Peacock Poetry

Yesterday as I came out of yet another ecstatic Tantra massage, I took a walk beside the river to allow myself time to process. As I reached one of my favourite spots where there is a little waterfall area, I couldn’t help but notice the joyful spurting energy which seemed to mirror my inner state in such a natural way. What brings you joy at the moment?

River Dance

The river shook with spurts of glee

Like kundalini energy

Within the ripples and cascades

I saw my joy and bliss parade

For we are made to flow and bubble

Not wallow in our daily troubles

What makes you dance? What makes you leap?

Explore, implore, rise from the deep

The rocks were sprayed, the foam took flight

The river reared with sheer delight

When we invite what’s wild and free

We shake like rivers, full of glee

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My Soul’s Delight ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

My soul delights in those,
who trust and wait on Me
it gives My heart pleasure
when blind eyes start to see.

They are My faithful servants,
to whom I will uphold
the elect I have chosen
to gather into My fold.

I have poured out My Spirit,
on those who are the meek
for on Me their sights are set
and My will they do seek.

They call me their Lord,
I call them My sheep
they know to follow Me
for their souls I will keep.

Into righteousness I call them,
in My glory they’ll rise and sing
behold all things come to pass
things new to them I will bring!


Ephesians 1:4-5

According as he hath chosen
us in him before the foundation
of the world, that we should be
holy and without blame
before him in love:

Having predestinated us unto
the adoption of children…

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The Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail, Riverdale Park, Maryland

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

In the old days, trolleys strolled through cities taking people throughout the town. Today, trolleys are mainly a thing of the past as very few cities use trolleys anymore. Most trolleys today are found in museums across the country.

Like many old railroad lines, some of the old trolley routes have been converted into hiking/biking trails. One of those trails is the Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail in College Park/Riverdale Park, Maryland. The trail gets its name, of course, from Rhode Island Avenue which once ran continuously into the District of Columbia. (Road alterations cut the road off in Hyattsville with a railroad bridge over the now CSX line.) The trail runs on the City and Suburban Route 82 which connected the people of the suburbs to the District of Columbia.

Today, many people either walk, ride a scooter, or ride their bike along the route. It is mainly paved…

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