Indivisible, One Nation

The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy (1855-1931). It was originally published in The Youth’s Companion on September 8, 1892. Bellamy had hoped that the pledge would be used by citizens in any country. In its original form it read: “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” On Friday, July 3rd, there were fireworks at Mount Rushmore inRead more

Resilience and Sacrifice

It’s Memorial Day in the United States. This is a federal holiday when we honor military personnel who have died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. I am reminded of the elderly neighbor downstairs, Clyde, who passed away two years ago on this day. He was a Navy man who donned his original uniform every year and either marched in the Memorial Day parade or paid homage by watching the parade with his wife. Clyde was proud to haveRead more

Anxiously Waiting…

Sitting here, waiting for a game to begin around 5:40 pm CST. Getting anxious by the minute. I’m a football fan and my forever team is the Green Bay Packers. No question, will live and die a Packer fan. You’ve heard of Vince Lombardi, right? The Lombardi Trophy? He was the coach of the Packers from 1959 to 1967. Led the team to five NFL championships and won the first two Super Bowls. Lombardi was ahead of his time asRead more

Fifty-Five Years Later

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He had a dream. “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” Here we are, fifty-five years later. While there have been advancements in civil rights since Martin Luther King Jr’s famous speech in 1963, our country remains embroiled in the bigotry of non-acceptance. Not by all of its…

#WATWB: Thank You for Your Service!

May is National Military Appreciation Month in the U.S. “In 1999 Senator John McCain introduced legislation to designate the month of May as National Military Appreciation Month. Both the Senate and House of Representatives adopted resolutions calling for Americans to recognize and honor U.S. Service Members during NMAM. These proclamations also urge the President to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe NMAM. “National Military Appreciation Month is a declaration that encourages U.S. citizensRead more

Fifty-Five Years Later

He had a dream. “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” Here we are, fifty-five years later. While there have been advancements in civil rights since Martin Luther King Jr’s famous speech in 1963, our country remains embroiled in the bigotry of non-acceptance. Not by all of its people and I sincerely pray notRead more

Conviction, Sacrifice

“I don’t know how I’m going to live with myself if I don’t stay true to what I believe.” ~Desmond Doss in the movie Hacksaw Ridge~ Have you ever thought about your own convictions – if you would stick to them no matter what? Desmond Thomas Doss (February 7, 1919 – March 23, 2006) was a United States Army Corporal who served as a combat medic with an infantry company in World War II. After distinguishing himself in the Battle of Okinawa,Read more

One-Liner Wednesday: Descended

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt~ My maternal grandparents were immigrants from Germany. My father was also a descendant from that country. I am of German ancestry. I have never been to the country and do not speak the language other than being able to count one to ten and say a few miscellaneous words, such as arsch. It would have been extremely interesting to haveRead more

Equality

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” ~Thomas Jefferson~ You may be saying to yourself, “Okay, I know this, but didn’t Thomas Jefferson own slaves?” Yes he did. Mr. Jefferson grew up on a plantation with enslaved workers and as an adult, owned nearly 200.  From Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest: “As aRead more

The Early Trail of Bicycle History

“I could never resist the call of the trail.” ~Buffalo Bill~ In 1418, Giovanni Fontana, a Venetian physician and engineer, built the first human-powered land vehicle. It had four wheels and used an endless rope connected via gears to the wheels. In 1493, sketches showing a primitive version of a bicycle, purported drawn by Leonardo da Vinci, surfaced in 1974. After an age test and some pondering, experts considered the sketches a hoax. “Gliding down the bike path on aRead more

Where is Peace?

That is a great question. I wish there was a pat answer. I feel peace hiding, trembling, afraid to show its face of late. ISIS terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut, and the bombing of a Russian airliner over Egypt, have the world’s humanity on edge – fearful, filled with anxiety, and witness to suffering. From NBCNews.com:  “SAINT-DENIS, France — A woman blew herself up early Wednesday (November 18) as an elite police unit raided an apartment while hunting theRead more