Happy Birthday to the United States of America! Wait...what? America's birthday is generally accepted to be July 4. Independence Day. A day filled with hot dogs, fireworks, and flags. The day our founding fathers banded together to declare independence from Great Britain, marking the end of colonial rule and the birth of a new … Continue reading Will the REAL Independence Day Please Stand Up?
I miss baseball. I know it's a ridiculous thing to miss in the middle of pandemic that's taken much more important things, but still I miss baseball. So today, I want to forget the pandemic, forget the quarantine, forget the self-isolation, and let my mind travel to the ballpark, to the crack of the bat … Continue reading A Legacy Bigger Than His Batting Average
March 14 marks 140 years since the birth of Albert Einstein, the renown physicist, Nobel Prize winner, and father of the atomic age. Or was he? Although the first two labels are most certainly correct, the third moniker--though widely-held--may not be entirely correct. Especially if you ask Einstein himself. Born in Ulm, Germany in 1879 … Continue reading Einstein’s “Greatest Mistake”
New York City was dirty. Fueled by rapid industrial and population growth, by the early 1930s New York City had swelled to almost seven million people. Immigrants seeking a better life, rural Americans seeking better pay, and hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life seeking the fun, excitement, and culture of a … Continue reading The Dust Bowl Takes on NYC
When and where was JFK assassinated? Chances are you can spout off the city (Dallas) and date (November 22, 1963) without blinking an eye. How about Lincoln? Ford's Theater, April 15, 1865. Alright then. How about William McKinley? .... .... Who? William McKinley, the 25th president of the United States, was fatally wounded by an … Continue reading The Forgotten Assassination
I've struggled for days about what to say on this topic and how to say it. I vowed to keep politics out of my profession, and I'm sticking to that. But the events in Charlottesville transcend politics. Left or right, no matter what side of the political spectrum you sit on, hate is wrong. And … Continue reading Why Write?
There's a lot of ranting and raving going on today. Well, to be fair, there's been a lot of ranting and raving going on for awhile. Everywhere you turn SOMEONE has SOMETHING to say. And they're usually pretty damn angry about it. And I get it. I do. There's a lot to be angry about … Continue reading A Little Note About Politics