The R’s of Life

By | Feb 26, 2009

Seems that where ever you turn there’s an R looking at you. There are the three R’s that are the foundations of a basic skills within school’s primary education program. The three Rs “reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic” because each of the words have a strong R. I have read reports today that there should be […]

A Taxing Amendment

By | Feb 25, 2009

On February 25, 1913, a little over three years after the Sixty-first Congress passed an amendment to the Constitution, Secretary of State Philander Knox announced that the Sixteenth Amendment had been ratified. The Amendment gave Congress, “… the power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several […]

Kate Winslet and Oscar

By | Feb 24, 2009

Kate Winslet was awarded the Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Actress at this years ceremony. She was nominated for her role in The Reader. Even though no one will say it for certain, one would have to think it was really for her body of work in 2008. A year that she had 2 critically […]

Six Flags of Texas

By | Feb 23, 2009

Over its history Texas has been part of 6 different nations and therefore flew 6 National flags. The first was Spain’s. Spain took claim of the area in 1519 when Cortez established Spain’s presence in Mexico. Although it was claimed by Spain, there wasn’t any Spanish in Texas when in 1685 France laid claim to […]

George Washington

By | Feb 22, 2009

George Washington was the first son of Augustine Washington and his second wife, Mary Ball Washington. He was born on the family’s Pope’s Creek Estate near present-day Colonial Beach in Westmoreland County, Virginia. When Washington took the oath of office on April 30, 1789 only 11 of the original colonies had ratified the Constitution. While […]

Elvis Presely – Under Rated Songs

By | Feb 19, 2009

Polk Salad Annie – This Tony Joe White song was only recorded by Elvis live, but it’s a song that with it’s roots in the south could have been a big hit from Elvis had it been released. Albums: On Stage – February 1970 and Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden. Change of Habit […]

American Political Parties in The 1840s

By | Feb 18, 2009

The period between the election of 1824 and 1860 was in many ways a turbulent time for politics and the political party system. In the 1840s there were a number of them established and in some cased failed. Here are 5 of the parties of the 1840s. Democratic-Republican Party The Democratic-Republican Party was one of […]

PTA (Parent Teacher Association)

By | Feb 17, 2009

In 1897 Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst organized the first meeting of National Congress of Mothers. It was held February 17–19, Washington DC. They were expecting about 200 people, 2000 attended.  Birney was elected President with Apperson named First Vice President.  The wife of Adlai E. Stevenson, Vice President of the United States […]

Friday the 13th

By | Feb 13, 2009

A Friday that occurs on the 13th day of any month is considered to be a day of bad luck in many cultures around the globe. Any month that begins on a Sunday will contain a Friday the 13th. Every year has at least one and some may have as many as three Fridays the […]

10 Ways to Conserve Energy

By | Feb 11, 2009

Recently I was invited to a 9th grade class to talk on ways to help the environment. I developed this 10 Ways list a few years ago as ways to conserve energy in the office. I handed it out to each of the students and the teacher planning to go through each item quickly and […]

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