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19 August 2017

Americans Love Their Firsts (Republish to Remind and Refocus US)

We Americans love our “firsts”. When Obama was elected, it was said and is still being said and will continue to be said, he is “the first African-American” to hold the highest office in the land!! Toot! Toot!!!

What do you expect from US? We're still a baby country experiencing our “first steps” in many ways. When a baby takes his or her first steps doesn't everybody applaud the monumental achievement and encourage the little one to keep on going forward?? So let US blow our horn!





George Washington was, of course, our 1st POTUS.

Abraham Lincoln was our 1st Republican POTUS.
- Sadly he was also our 1st POTUS to be assassinated.

Andrew Johnson was the 1st POTUS to be impeached, but he was not removed from office (narrowly escaped).

Ulysses S. Grant was the 1st American since George Washington to hold the rank of full general.
- He was also the 1st to publish his “Personal Memoirs”.

Theodore Roosevelt was the 1st to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was the 1st (and only) POTUS to serve 3 terms.

John F. Kennedy was the 1st Roman Catholic ever elected as President.

Lyndon Johnson was the 1st to nominate an African-American (Thurgood Marshall) for the Supreme Court.

Richard Nixon was the 1st of our country's leaders to be impeached who had to go home!

Ronald Reagan was the 1st POTUS to appoint a woman (Sandra Day O'Connor) to the Supreme Court.
- By God's grace, he was also the first to survive an assassination attempt by John W. Hinckley, Jr.


So there you have just a few remarkable “first moments” in the history of the United States of America.



* (Just an aside trivia note: Ronald Reagan and Bob Marley share the same birth date, February 6th. Marley died in 1981, the same year as the failed attempt on Reagan's life.)


Image credit: Public domain.

* * More Interesting Trivia: * *
- In 1872, Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for President of the United States.
- 100 years late in 1972, Shirley Chisolm was the first black woman to run for President.


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Original Post, Feb 22, 2014 at TreasurePen


10 August 2017

It is Written … (Celebrate Book Lovers Day!)

If you have ever watched the movie Lawrence of Arabia, you will likely the remember the scene where Lawrence (played by Peter O' Toole) uttered the words: “Nothing! … is written.”  Evidently, it was a memorable scene because if you do an organic search, you will find several movie clips.


The words of Lawrence, instantly called to my mind a contrast between words often uttered by Jesus Christ:
“It is written.”


Jesus spoke these words so confidently, and as a matter of fact, as if being literate was a given.

Of course, among the Jews, there were Scribes and their job was to write down the scriptures for future posterity. It was clear that many of the Jews could read and write. Although it is possible that some of the Apostles were not literate. In the book of Acts, they were referred to as men who had not “learned letters”.

But beyond the Jewish people, what about the Gentile world?

Many non-Jewish civilizations had a written language, but not all of the inhabitants could read and write.

But Lord!  The gospel message? Isn't it for ALL?

~ Did Jesus already know that in this world there would be many people who could read and write? At least enough people to spread the good news to all the world.

~ Did He already know that men would die in order for the Bible – both Old and New Testaments - to be printed in multiple languages and circulated so that people all around the world could read it?

~ Did He know that Google would partner with the Israel Museum to convert the Dead Sea Scrolls into a digital format?


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Being illiterate is not a social matter these days. Right? At least, not in the USA. That may be a problem for undeveloped countries. Right?

One would think that in a country like America, literacy would not be an issue. Think again.


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Current efforts to address the problem of illiteracy?


Those 3 words: "It is written."

It's really not a casual statement to be taken lightly, is it?


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This post was inspired by a friend who published a post in a blogging community, Literacy Base, where I used to be an active member.





* Entertainment trivia:

The film “Lawrence of Arabia” won 7 Academy Awards. Peter O'Toole did NOT get the award for Best Actor. (REF: Academy Awards, USA 1963 ) Hey! When he accepted the lead role, maybe he should have got it writing that the Oscar for Best Actor was going to be a given. :) Gregory Peck won that year for his portrayal of the lawyer, Atticus Finch, in “To Kill a Mockingbird”. (REF: The 35th Academy Awards | 1963 ) I say the decision of the Academy was fair. What say you?


Books word cloud and books on shelf
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27 July 2017

Sugar Rainbow Density Experiment | Science and Kids

Interested in making science fun for kids? Currently a HUBPages.com Contributor. Not only is it fun to publish at this site but there is also great reading. Sharing a link to a wonderful article by a fellow HUBBER.


Sugar Rainbow Density Experiment



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06 June 2017

Greek Mythology: The Harpies | Daily Two Cents

Greek Mythology: The Harpies


Harpy
Harpy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In addition to blogging my thoughts and sharing web findings at my own blogs, I also participate in various online writing communities, mainly to increase my web presence but also because it's a revenue stream.

Daily Two Cents is one of those communities and the link above is to a sample post. Do you like to write? Won't you join us? 

05 June 2017

(Updated for 2017) EDUCATION: Top Majors for College Class of 2014 Announced - Scholarships.com Blog - Scholarship Search, Find Scholarships & Pay for College

(Post Updated for 2017.  See info links below.)
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Many years back it was a huge deal just to be admitted to a college or university. Fortunately for me, not only was I admitted to the University of Miami but I also received a financial aid package of scholarships, grants, work-study and loans to pay for my entire four years. Getting there was one thing. Deciding what to major in? Had no clue! Good thing the first couple of years you're just taking the general education courses needed to round out your degree. It gives you time to think. Ended up with a BBA in Accounting. Very satisfied with my choice for a career path. Never regretted it. Everybody should support the educational process any chance they get. Received this information in my eMail and wanted to pass it on.

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14 March 2017

Book Review: The Signature of God (and Other Book Reviews)

Wrote some book reviews a few years back. 

Here is the link to my first (and actually my favorite; published 2013 via HUBPages.com).  

In case you liked this recommendation, supplied a quick list of some of my other reviews/suggestions for worthwhile reading.

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How do we know that God wrote the Bible? Simple! He signed it!

Book Review: The Signature of God by Grant R. Jeffrey


The Handwriting on the Wall - St Benedicts Catholic Church | Source: Wikimedia Commons


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  • A wonderful book for children written by Miska Miles, which was published in 1971: Annie and the Old One.




  • If you like true stories, mysteries that are finally solved, and ever wondered about ships that set sale and then disappeared - here are four books about Ships Lost at Sea that tell the tales.





The Seven Kings of Rome

The Seven Kings of Rome

There was once a group of villages on seven hills which grew into an empire. But how did it happen?
If your curiosity is peaked by this brief presentation of the history of ancient Rome and want to learn more, you will find two book recommendations at the end of the article.




09 October 2016

American Presidents During My Lifetime: Ronald Reagan

POTUS Dots from Eisenhower to Kennedy to Johnson and Nixon to Ford and Carter to …


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40th POTUS, Ronald Reagan (1981 – 1988)

 

Mr. Reagan truly desired or aspired to be the president. He spent years trying to accomplish this objective. Finally. One day. It happened. He got himself elected. He was inaugurated on the very same day I started working for the United States Customs Service, now known as ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).
He wasn't too keen on funding health, education and welfare or social programs like that. Just because Jesus said “The poor ye have always with you”, that doesn't mean those in poverty should be a priority budget item. 
 
He wanted to privatize functions like the postal service. 
 
He was really enthusiastic about space and defense programs. But when the Iran Contra Affair occurred, he told the American people he didn't know a thing about it. He has since departed this life but - if speaking honestly - I was never fully convinced he didn't know. Too late now to split hairs over it. 
 
All of America is glad - whether we agree with his decisions or not - that he survived an attempt on his life. The shooter wasn't even politically motivated. The idiot guy was just trying to impress a girl. A girl he didn't even know! God spared Mr. Reagan's life. Amen!

That's my recall/wrap-up of MY opinions and views of Reaganomics and his policies. 
 
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My original content first published via Persona Paper, Jan 18, 2016, "POTUS Dots on My Timeline: Reagan".

American Presidents During My Lifetime: John F. Kennedy

Continuing to follow the dots on my timeline which started with Eisenhower
 
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35th POTUS, John F. Kennedy (1961 – 1963) - What do I recall? 
 
 

The grown folks around me sure thought he was a good POTUS. Didn't know much but saw no reason to disagree with them. Have always believed that this man would have been one of the best presidents. But we will never know as he was cut down by an assassin's bullet or bullets. To this day, the identity of his murderer or murderers have never been confirmed. But the day he was shot is etched in my memory forever. People – the adults, that is, in my neighborhood were showing a range of emotions: sorrow, shock, despair, anger, dread. My older sister made a scrapbook of newspaper clippings – everything she could find about JFK. Sadly, don't know what happened to it. Wish I had kept it. Its historical value would have been priceless. 
 
Kennedy's assassination completely changed my understanding of this thing called “politics” in America, and in the world. Politics is dangerous! Not only dangerous but confusing. To want to get rid of a bad leader – like a ruthless dictator or a really cruel monarch - that's understandable. Not saying that's the right thing to do. But to kill a good leader? That is so clearly and obviously wrong. WHY?? Does this mean the good really do die young?? (O.o) 
 
Thoughts from a child's heart.

 
Next two POTUS Dots:  Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon

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My original content first published via Persona Paper, Jan 18, 2016, "POTUS Dots on My Timeline: Kennedy".

American Presidents During My Lifetime: Dwight D. Eisenhower

It's 2016. Another election year in the United States of America. Thought this might be a good time to look back. For those who may be unfamiliar with the process, American presidents are voted in by the people. Although if you believe in the gospel according to Senator Bernie Sanders, that's a myth. Big Money runs this country. It runs the campaign process. It runs the Congress. This is not America. This is the Roman Empire. 

But let's just say - for purposes of my posts - the ideal democracy does exist and the real power does rest with the GAP (general American public) and the people do elect their leaders in America. Here's how it works. Leaders are elected. They get to serve for no more than two terms, 4 years each, 8 years top. Then they leave and they can't come back! Most citizens, like me, are OK with this arrangement. Additionally, most citizens, like me, will probably live through about 8 to 10 presidents in their lifetime. 

This is my intro to a series of posts that will be published where I take a look back at the presidential DOTS on my timeline. Won't be drawing from what is written about these fearless leaders in the history books. Just going to try to see what can be drawn from my memory. 

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Beginning with the 34th POTUS, Dwight D. Eisenhower, who served from 1953 to 1961. You could say my DOT is on his timeline since, my birth occurred during his time of service, close to the end of the year 1955. 

Only thing in my memory about this administration was that his daughter got married. No. That's not a political act. It's not politics at all. But … back in my time, children were taught not to speak when grown folks were talking and only thing I can recall grown folks talking about was the fact that his daughter was getting married. 

Guess that's an indicator that times during 1953 to 1961 weren't too too bad. (???) 

It's a guess from a person who was between the ages of: Newborn to 6 years. (O.o) 

That's it! Not much extracted. Next post? Next POTUS DOT?  John F. Kennedy

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My original content first published via Persona Paper, Jan 18, 2016, "POTUS Dots on My Timeline: Eisenhower".

04 October 2016

Learn How to Speak French the Fun Way!

Learning to speak French? That's easy!   
  • Typing accents ? That's impossible!!

If I can speak it, that's good enough!


No it's not!   Don't be silly.

Laura Lawless says: “It's just as important to include accents when writing in French as it is to spell words correctly.” 

Quote source: 

How to Type Accents in Any OS | lawlessfrench.com



Took 3 years of French in high school (many moons ago) and a French class as an elective at the University of Miami (which doesn't count at all!).  This site, Lawless French, created by online educator, Laura K. Lawless, makes learning the language of love so much more fun and interesting.  She actually wrote the book "Intermediate French For Dummies".  Link below is to a bilingual article, written in French.  But if you click on any word, phrase or sentence, it will be translated into English.  Try it out!

 



14 May 2016

Angie10's Spotlight On The African Buffalo

My entire life I've only ever heard buffalo mentioned in 3 contexts.

  1. Native Americans ate buffalo for food. But the white man killed the animals for sport, thus depleting the food supply for the Indians.
  2. When crowds go insane and rush into a stadium or a Walmart, they are referred to as a “herd of stampeding buffaloes”.
  3. There is an imaginary “purple buffalo” which is an integral part of the story line for The Neverending Story. Great family entertainment. I prefer the movies, but there is also an animated TV series.

But thanks to angie10, fellow blogger from Botswana, a 4th context has been added to my knowledge base. Learned some interesting facts about the African buffalo. Didn't even know they had buffaloes in Africa.

Drawing of an african buffalo. Description in ...
Drawing of an african buffalo. Description in the original works (translated): "Kap- or Kaffernbüffel" (Bubalus Caffer). Body length 2,80 m, tail length 0,90 m, height 1,50 - 1,80 m (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Spotlight On The African Buffalo

FYI. “They are well known for their high level of intelligence and intuition Apparently when a person tries to play dead, the buffalo will urinate into the canal of their ear because it causes intense itching, forcing them to snap out of it and give themselves up!”

Uh huh.  Well!  Now that I know this, I know to continue to play dead no matter how badly it itches! :)


Buffalo with lettering on a white background isolated
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Learn more about the wildlife of Botswana






Purple Buffalo by Foux on DeviantArt



Plains Of The Purple Buffalo (music available on CD or MP3)