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Evening, gang.

Well, if you’re anything like me, right about now, you may feel like you just ingested some sort of tryptophan casserole.

Yeah, Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings plus every side dish under the sun could be the real reason they took Sominex
off the market!

But before we all go off to dreamland, I thought we could briefly talk 29.

Interesting number that 29. It’s weird, but it sort of has a personality all its own.

I wonder sometimes where the pundits come up with the stuff, but I’ve got it on good authority that people born on the 29th of every month are endowed with the gift of heightened intuition. (Like I said, how could they possibly come to that conclusion?)

The thing is, though, I checked it out, and the word is that those born on the 29th are considered visionaries. They’re driven by a strong sense of purpose and a desire to make the world a better place. They’re known to be leaders who have an innate ability to rally others. Pretty inspiring stuff, huh?

Take this guy, for example.

Jose Cabalfin Calugas (born December 29, 1907) was an army mess sergeant who, in February 1942, received the Congressional Medal of Honor for defending his native Philippines vs. the invading Japanese.

Discovering that a nearby artillery unit had nearly been wiped out by enemy fire, the resourceful Calugas rallied 16 volunteers to turn the guns on the enemy. Shortly after he and his makeshift unit had neutralized the attack, Calugas went back to his duties as mess sergeant, feeding the hungry troops who had fought beside him.

Less than two months after receiving the military’s highest honor, Calugas became a prisoner of war, part of the famous – and infamous – Bataan Death March.

The intuitive, brave and selfless Calugas, though, survived the ordeal and lived until he was 90 years old.

Wishing you all a good night and an inspiring tomorrow.

Until soon,


@Copyright 2023 by John L. Fischer

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