Along the waterfront of Portland, Oregon is a statue of a woman sitting in a position like she is inviting you to come tell her your story. Thousands walk, run, and bike by her every day. I wonder how many of those people know her story. Her name is Vera Katz, and she is the […]Read More Vera Katz: Portland’s Own Lady Liberty
Happy birthday to Irving Berlin, one of the most successful song writers in American history. He is the author of “White Christmas”, even though he was Jewish, and “God Bless America”, even though he was born in Russia. In 1888, Russia ramped up it’s “Pogroms” against Jews. In Russian, the word pogrom means “to wreak […]Read More Happy Birthday to the Jewish Refugee Who Gave Us the Songs Sung by Christians and Patriots
140 years ago today, the man who many proclaim to be the greatest scientist of all time was born in Ulm, Germany. His name was Albert Einstein, who was also a slow learner as a child and a refugee as an adult. It is a curious question to ask ourselves if we would have been […]Read More Albert Einstein: Would We Have the Compassion and Patience For Him Today?
Early this morning I was perusing the internet and came across two intriguing pictures. They were on a twitter site called “Weird history.” They showed two boys. One of them a nine year old from New York named Kevin Gorman, the other is Dionni, the son of the Chief of the Masai tribe of Kenya. […]Read More Every Picture is Bigger
Freddie Mercury, former lead singer of the band “Queen” would have turned 71 today. His voice and his persona were unique and unforgettable. He was the voice behind the ballads and anthems we all knew by heart that became the soundtrack to our childhoods. You have probably been at a ballgame when the entire […]Read More Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury