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Happy Thanksgiving

Did you know ?: The first US Thanksgiving was held between 21 September and 11 November 1621 in Massachusetts by 50 Plymouth Pilgrims and their 90 Wampanoag neighbors. After that, Thanksgiving was held fairly randomly. Thanksgiving days were proclaimed annually by the US Congress from 1777 to 1783 which, except for 1782, were all celebrated in December. George Washington declared Thanksgiving in 1789 and 1795, and John Adams in 1798 and 1799. James Madison declared Thanksgiving twice in 1815. None … Continue reading

Happy Halloween

Did You Know? The word Halloween is an abbreviated version of the phrases All Hallows’ Eve or All Hallows’ Evening. Halloween comes from an ancient pagan festival celebrated by Celtic people over 2,000 years ago called Samhain. The festival took place in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and northwestern France. Samhain means “summer’s end” and marks the beginning of winter. Samhain is also thought to celebrate the beginning of the Celtic year. The Celts believed that Samhain was a time when … Continue reading

To All Those Who Have Gone Before Us

I was asked to speak a few years ago at a small memorial service remembering the students, faculty, and staff of T C Roberson High School who had passed away. The service was part of a multi-class reunion held during a home coming weekend. Being an alumnus of Roberson, I felt honored by the invitation and surprised to see how many graduates came from across the five decades that Roberson had been in existence to honor their friends and classmates … Continue reading

Here’s to the Crazy Ones- Remembering Steve Jobs

It has been seven years this past week since the world lost Steve Jobs, innovator, agitator, businessman, marketer, rebel, husband, father, and co-founder of  Apple. Inc. He changed the way millions of us communicate, listen to music, watch TV and movies, learn, and look at things in this world. He was 56 years old. Some time ago a friend told me how Eblen Charities continued to surprise her and so many others, and had for the past number of years. … Continue reading

With A Grateful Heart

Thank you so much for the recent donation of the snacks to our classroom teachers. We really appreciate your kindness and our children are already benefitting from this. It’s wonderful to know we have a partner within our community to help us make sure our children do not go hungry. Again, thank you so much for your generosity. What overwhelming generosity you have provided to our school. We have so many students who need a boost during the day and … Continue reading

One Hundred Seasons in Pursuit of Perfection

A month ago, Jerry Kramer was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton Ohio. Hailing from Jordan, Montana and playing for the University of Idaho, Jerry was a fourth round draft pick in 1958 by the Green Bay Packers. He played offensive guard for 11 seasons winning five world titles including the first two Super Bowls. Why the 82 year old had not been inducted before this is anyone’s guess. But being inducted this year has a … Continue reading

Epilogue: Lighting the Lamp

Last Wednesday marked the 21st anniversary of the passing of the “Saint of the Gutters” Mother Teresa of Calcutta. I shared a story about Mother this past week with a friend of mine as we were talking about the amazing impact that this tiny Albanian nun had on the world and that still resonates two decades after her death. One of the greatest honors that I have had in my life was the opportunity to have corresponded with Mother Teresa. … Continue reading

“In Honor of All Who Carved the Grandeur We Behold”

Labor Day traditionally marks the end of summer  with the last long weekend and the harbinger of the fall season.  But long before it took the meaning of the last cook-out of the summer, it held a deeper meaning for a much higher cause that began at the dawn of the industrial revolution. Labor Day was originally established as a day to honor those who toiled twelve hours a day, seven days a week to keep America running in the … Continue reading

Ask I See It: Quotation of the Week-7/16/18-Sir Winston Churchill

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal.It is the courage to continue that counts.” Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British Prime Minister, soldier, statesman, author, artist, historian, Nobel Prize Laureate

As I See It: Quotation of the Week: 7/1/18 John F. Kennedy

“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) American Politician, Author, Naval Officer, United States Congressman, Senator, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Thirty-Fifth President of the United States, Iconoclast.