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 […]Read More Thinking About America Today
Happy birthday to Satchel Paige, born on July 7, 1906 in Mobile, Alabama. He was one of the most dominant and exciting pitchers in baseball history, unfortunately, he did not make his major league debut until the age of 42. For 24 years, Paige dazzled the semi pro leagues, exhibition games, and the Negro leagues. […]Read More Satchel Paige, The Star That Too Few Got To See Shine
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 […]Read More “Jefferson Lives”
On this date in 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg raged into the second of three days of savage and deadly fighting. It was perhaps the most important battle in American history, as it turned the tide towards the Union. In the first two years of the Civil War, the Confederacy had shown itself to be […]Read More Burying the Hatchet at Gettysburg
Happy Flag Day!!!! It is celebrated today because it is also the birthday of the United States Army. Happy birthday to the Army and thank you to the men and women who have served in it, as well as their families. I love this country, and the flag that represents it. I’ve even run five […]Read More Flag Day: Celebrate it By Thinking About It
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. […]Read More Remember the Mayflower
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. […]Read More Before You Call That Cop a “Pig”
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. […]Read More Lincoln changed his mind, so can we.
The war on Poverty transcends politics, or at least it should. 55 years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the “Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. It was the major legislative piece of his “War on Poverty.” It devoted over 1 billion dollars to creating programs such as Title I, Medicare, Medicaid, Job Corps, Head […]Read More The War on Poverty: One That Should Be Fought.