Heroes

I am an avid sports enthusiast.  I love a hot summer day of baseball, I love the smell of fall and football, I love how soccer is the common language of our globe, I love the mental and physical courage of two tennis players as they enter hour 4 of their match, I love the stories of commitment…

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Why the Rush?

I recently spent a night at a Holiday Inn Express while researching in upstate NY.   When I woke up in the morning I decided to take advantage of the complimentary breakfast, while lacking in lots of healthy items, there is usually fruit and a few options for protein.  Also, is it really complimentary when I paid almost 100.00 dollars…

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No Excuses

It is now late September and here is a small list of challenges high school students are confronting. -Due dates for the first essays, projects, and looming tests. -PSAT, SAT, ACT, and college admission process. -Tryouts for sports teams, club officer elections, auditions for a chair in the music and dramatic arts program. -Parents who seem disappointed no…

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Why do sport teams get a free pass on racial slurs?

Take one minute, I promise only one, and listen to the radio ad created by the Oneida Indian Nation. Click here Who does it hurt to keep the name Washington Redskins? It hurts all persons who strongly identify with Native American culture.  But frankly, it should hurt all Americans.  We should seek a society that treats all people with…

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Cutting off your nose to spite your face

Perhaps you have heard of the phrase “cutting off your nose to spite your face”.  The exact origin of this phrase is not know but it is believed to have come from the actions of St. Abbee the Younger, mother superior of the monastery of Coldingham, Scotland.  Here is her story according to Britannia Biographies: In AD 867, the seven…

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My Day in Washington DC

On Thursday Morning August 29th I drove into Washington D.C. from Gaithersburg Maryland to continue my research on Francis Perkins at the Library of Congress.  On my way in I was listening to a podcast from the Economist titled “How Washington Really Runs”.  The gist of this podcast is: –Washington D.C. is wealthiest metropolitan area of the country. –Lobbying has…

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Opening Day of School

So the first day of school does not compare to the first day of baseball…but it should. Forget the fact that school can be:                         Boring                         Stressful                         Time Consuming                         And often not the best way to develop skills, talents, and curiosity ALL TRUE WAY TOO OFTEN….but a story for another day….

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Why do so many people work on Labor Day?

Labor day is one of 11 federal holidays and it is defined this way on the Department of Labor website; Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly…

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Why “Conformity Jails Freedom?”

It is an abbreviation of a John F. Kennedy quote; “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” Kennedy delivered these words during a speech to the United Nations in 1961.  His speech was memorializing the tragic death of Dag Hammarskjöld the 2nd Secretary General of the United Nations.  Prior to Hammarskjöld’s death Kennedy actually…

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