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“Do you know who the real heroes are? The guys who wake up every morning and go into their normal jobs and get a distress call from the commissioner and take off their glasses and change into capes and fly around, fighting crime. Those are the real heroes.”  Dwight Schrute

Dwight Schrute:“A hero kills people, people that wish him harm.”
Mr Brown:“Ok.”
Dwight Schrute:“A hero is part human and part supernatural. A hero is born out of a childhood trauma or out of a disaster and must be avenged.”
Mr Brown:“Ok, you’re thinking of a superhero.”
Dwight Schrute:“We all have a hero in our heart.”


329. Historic Ancestor

This prompt asks us to write about an ancestor in an historic context.  So I am writing about Robert M. McGucken, my great-great-great-great-grandfather.  Or my Mom’s Dad’s Dad’s Dad’s Dad’s Dad.

Engineers of the 8th N.Y. State Militia

October 6, 1862

Dear Mum,

Col. Larrabee has us still chasing after Genral Bragg.  I heer from one of the captins that we may be in for a brouhaha soon.  We myght have our first test of the war. Weve been after them Johnny Rebs all through this state of Kentuky.  Im told that our President Lincoln was born nearby.

Im sorry Im writing in English.  The colonel has been very strict with censuring our mail and he reads very poor Irish!  That will probably be struck!

I still am not sure why Im fighting this war.  Im still fresh from the potato fields of County Derry, but Im indebted to Pa’s musket training.  I warent long in Milwaukee in Wisconsin when I signed up.  Not much for jobs in Milwaukee, Im afeard.  But worry not after me.  Weere a well trained unit and fresh for the fight!


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