Reading Time: 3 minutes Modern Thanksgivings are comic tragedies of tension, travel, parades, and commercialism. We put up with all this to focus on food and family. Where is faith? Continue reading Week in Review: Week 47
Reading Time: 7 minutes Misunderstandings arise when people draw circles to set themselves apart from others, or when others draw circles around them. Instead we should look at what we all have in common. Continue reading Fun with Venn diagrams
Reading Time: < 1 minutes All four–George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln–are honored on Mount Rushmore. But which planted the seed for the whole national park system? Roosevelt, the conservationist and activist, is most associated with the National Parks system. His legacy of national parks and monuments includes Crater Lake, Wind Cave, Mesa Verde, Devil’s Tower, Petrified Forest, and the Grand Canyon. But it was Abraham Lincoln … Continue reading Which of these presidents is father to the National Parks?
Reading Time: < 1 minutes It’s officially Washington’s Birthday, squeezing Lincoln off the federal calendar. But it reminds us that presidents are, truly, just people. Continue reading Presidents Day
Reading Time: 2 minutes Today is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. At one time we celebrated it as a national holiday. Today, though, the world little notes nor long remembers it. This display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Illinois, is titled “Lincoln Fights Fake News.” The book is an unauthorized biography a friend sent him to fact-check after his unsuccessful 1858 Senate run. The highlights and marginalia are … Continue reading Week in Review: Week 6
Reading Time: 2 minutes Visitors to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library may be surprised that the man who held together the North and South is admired in the East as he is in the West. Continue reading Abe Lincoln in China?
Reading Time: < 1 minutes Abraham Lincoln had two faces: A gentle, humorous right side and a “primitive” left side. Doctors explain why. Continue reading The two faces of Honest Abe
Reading Time: < 1 minutes Writers often have to decide which is more important: literal accuracy or historical truth. Screenwriter Tony Kushner said he had his reasons. Continue reading The wrong side of history
Reading Time: < 1 minutes Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day popped up on the calendar this past week, and my post about it got the most views of any post so far this year. Since the start of this blog more than three years ago, the most-read post is The birth of Bubble Wrap, so that’s no surprise. Probably that’s because the content is universal but unique—everyone loves Bubble Wrap, but … Continue reading Week in Review: Week 5
Reading Time: 2 minutes In a speech this week, President Biden said those who oppose the election bill are racists. Did he learn personal attacks from Donald Trump? Continue reading Foul: Ad Hominem