Ronald Reagan’s Birthday – Miraculous Survival of Assassination Attempt (2/5)

"Hero Birthday Series" Historians rank President Ronald Reagan among in the Top Ten presidents. (Usually around Number 10.) He is called "The Great Communicator." "He won the Cold War without firing a shot." He worked well with a Democrat Congress. He lifted the country out of the doldrums (recession and "stagflation") He radiated optimism. He … Continue reading Ronald Reagan’s Birthday – Miraculous Survival of Assassination Attempt (2/5)

A Premature Obituary Inspired the Nobel Prizes

"Sun Facts Saturday" The Nobel Prize Most people have heard of the Nobel Prize.  It is the most prestigious award in the world. Dr. Albert Nobel left his massive fortune to establish the Nobel Prizes. They are awarded to those who have conferred the “greatest benefit on mankind” in five fields: (1) physics, (2) chemistry, … Continue reading A Premature Obituary Inspired the Nobel Prizes

The First Memorial Day Celebration: Freed Slaves Honor Union Soldiers (Repeat)

The First Official National Memorial Day Commemoration Memorial Day was created to remember and honor the 600,000-800,000 soldiers who died in the bloodiest military conflict in U.S. history -- the Civil War. In 1868, the commander of the U.S. Army, officially proclaimed May 30 as Decoration Day “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or … Continue reading The First Memorial Day Celebration: Freed Slaves Honor Union Soldiers (Repeat)

Beware of Media Fear-Mongering

(Because of widespread fear, fear-mongering, conspiracy theories, I am reposting this article from 2020, in case you missed it) We are living in the most paranoid fear-mongering time in human history The news media is a billion-dollar industry. The more readers and viewers, the more advertising revenue. It is all about ratings and profits. To … Continue reading Beware of Media Fear-Mongering

In Honor of Veteran’s Day: “Who is ‘O’Hare’ of Chicago O’Hare International Airport?”

In Honor of Veterans Day (11 am, 11th day, 11th month. 11-11-11) Airports are named after famous people.  I know about the namesakes of John Wayne and Ronald Reagan Airports, but who is O’Hare? I pondered this when I was stuck at that massive crowded airport. WWII Navy Fighter Pilot Chicago International Airport is named … Continue reading In Honor of Veteran’s Day: “Who is ‘O’Hare’ of Chicago O’Hare International Airport?”

Don’t Confuse Heroes with Celebrities

One of the great failures of the modern era is that heroes have been replaced with celebrities. Tienanmen Square Heroes are men and women who inspire us because of their great achievements and/or their exemplary acts of courage and conviction. Heroes have changed the course of history for the better. Heroes have saved lives at … Continue reading Don’t Confuse Heroes with Celebrities

In Honor of Presidents Day: The “Top Five” Founding Fathers

(When I was growing up, there was a separate National Holiday for Lincoln's birthday (Feb. 12) and Washington's birthday (Feb. 22), our two greatest presidents. Those holidays are now smooshed into one Presidents Day, and so no one remembers when Lincoln and Washington were born. Some people think that is for the best. I don't.) … Continue reading In Honor of Presidents Day: The “Top Five” Founding Fathers

What Makes America Great (Pt 5/6): American Political Philosophy and Ideals

The Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights have inspired the world.  Perhaps the greatest contribution the U.S. has made to humanity is American political philosophy and ideals. A Foundation of a Written Constitution The U.S. government is built on the bedrock foundation - the supreme law of a written constitution. James Madison, the … Continue reading What Makes America Great (Pt 5/6): American Political Philosophy and Ideals

Pandemic Lockdowns: Misfortune or Opportunity?

The “lockdowns” and “social distancing” of the 2020 pandemic left many of us isolated, bored, depressed, and discouraged.  Is this situation a misfortune or an opportunity?  Is the glass “half empty or half full?” Wise King Solomon observed, “There is nothing new under the sun.” In 1665, the Great Plague rampaged through Britain.  In London … Continue reading Pandemic Lockdowns: Misfortune or Opportunity?

In Honor of Veteran’s Day: President James Madison and the Little Known War of 1812

(Veterans Day: 11/11/11. 11th hour, 11th day, 11th month - 11:00 am, November 11th, end of World War I) The Buildup to War: Kidnapping Our Sailors In their war with each other, both France and England started interfering with American shipping. Fighting against Napoleon’s navy, Britain suffered a shortage of sailors. The British started boarding American ships … Continue reading In Honor of Veteran’s Day: President James Madison and the Little Known War of 1812