Though a half a century apart, November now marks the death of two Cold War icons. Just four days after the anniversary of the assassination of President John Kennedy, his nemesis Cuba’s Communist leader Fidel Castro has died at age 90. Both loomed large in my cold war childhood. It is hard to imagine today […]
Explore American Indian Culture during Native American Heritage Month: https://t.co/BTLqnJedMW pic.twitter.com/AnahoPANHV — USA.gov (@USAgov) November 22, 2016 Native American Heritage Day is a civil holiday observed on the day after Thanksgiving in the United States. The Native American Heritage Day Bill encourages Americans of all backgrounds to observe Friday, November 28, 2008, as Native American Heritage Day, through appropriate […]
This evening after a series of minor vexations – son sick, Gamecocks clobbered, eye invaded by wayward particle – I got to thinking about Horace Walpole’s observation that “[l]ife is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think.” I quote Walpole when I’m teaching tragedy and ask students to […]
Pete Souza: President Obama makes Thanksgiving Day calls to US troops around the world ****
It’s been a week since the surreal realization came to me that Donald Trump would become the 45th President of the United States, an outcome that seemed about as likely as Harlan County, Kentucky, being named by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top resort destinations in the world.
By the way, I don’t personally believe in the 5 stages of grief. Although Trump’s victory surprised me, there was no denying it (step 1). Not only did the headlines scream it, but the faces of my colleagues at work wore a degree of despondency I hadn’t seen since I walked the streets of Leningrad in ’89.
Nope, there was no denying it, nor, for that matter, any relief in getting pissed off (step 2). I’ve read To Kill a Mockingbird. I can “crawl” into Trump supporters’ skin and see things from their perspective (fear of the Big…
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I first heard Leonard Cohen in David Williams’s black pick-up truck, and it was the very first time I had seen a cassette deck. As far as I knew, 8-tracks were still the only way to listen to recor…
Pete Souza: President Obama greets Sgt. Bill Mohr, 108-year-old veteran who served in WWII, in the Blue Room today
**** All Times Eastern 12:30PM: President Obama has lunch with Vice President Biden 3:15PM: President Obama holds a press conference 6:05PM: President Obama departs the White House for Athens, Greece **** **** Jazziz2 Woke up this morning with this on my heart: Y’all Surrendered to the Confederacy 42 years ago, TODAY, I stood in a […]
In regards to Twitter, Facebook, etc., I say use all but accompany them with her other suggestions. All forms of communication can help on the road to change **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** ****
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