Mark Twain and the Mormons

"America's Humorist" Mark Twain is one of the great authentic American writers. He was a humorist who relied on exaggeration. He was an iconoclast who poked fun at religions, churches, scriptures, and well-established beliefs and practices.   Mormons were not immune to his jabs. Mark Twain’s “Roughing It” is about his travels through the Wild … Continue reading Mark Twain and the Mormons

Police Reform (2/10): “More Women Officers”

"Defund the police" There is a tidal wave of negative publicity regarding police brutality and excessive force.  Because of police misconduct, and criminal conduct, there is a growing movement to "defund the police. " Black Lives Matter has called for the "national defunding of police." "Defund" means to "withdraw funding from." Some activists want to completely … Continue reading Police Reform (2/10): “More Women Officers”

The Awesome Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams is one of the most remarkable and influential Founding Mother.  She was the wife of one president and the mother of another. She is recognized as one of the most extraordinary women in American history. Childhood and learning to read and write Abigail Smith was born in 1744 in Weymouth, Massachusetts.   Because she … Continue reading The Awesome Abigail Adams

Amazing Women Continental Army Camp Followers

We regularly remember and honor the founding fathers.  But what about the founding mothers? One reason for our neglect is that most histories are written by and for men.     We recognize Betsy Ross for her “womanly sewing skills,” but why isn’t there a “Mother of the Country.” Why isn’t there a “Mother of the Revolution?”   The … Continue reading Amazing Women Continental Army Camp Followers