Thinking About America Today

Happy Independence Day! Today, like all days, is a great day to think about your country. I’ve been so thankful to see so many people paying more attention to the history of the United States lately. Recent events have sparked an impressive curiosity and quest for understanding amongst many. I appreciate it when people seek […]

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“Jefferson Lives”

On the eve of our nation’s birthday, I’ll share with you one of my favorite stories: The story of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Adams and Jefferson were two of the most important of the founding fathers and signers of the Declaration of Independence. Although Thomas Jefferson is credited with writing the Declaration, many of […]

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Remember the Mayflower

397 years ago today, the “Mayflower” left England for the new world.  They were 102 religious separatists that wanted freedom, and needed to find a place that would allow it to them.  They had already unsuccessfully tried Holland a decade earlier, but were given only low wage and menial jobs, often treated as social outcasts. […]

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Before You Call That Cop a “Pig”

As we approach another anniversary of the senseless tragedy and mass murder of September 11, it is an important time for mourning, reflection and learning.  This includes not only the innocent victims who were working in the buildings and flying on planes, but the many emergency responders who sprinted towards the danger to help others. […]

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Lincoln changed his mind, so can we.

On this date in 1858, the famous series of debates between Abraham Lincoln and Senator Stephen Douglas began in Illinois.  They would debate seven times, one for each congressional district in Illinois.  Douglas had served in Congress for 15 years, and was nationally known.  Lincoln had no Congressional experience and was a relative mystery.   […]

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