Category: Public Square

Remembering Nine-Eleven

The Tear Drop Memorial to September 11th Bayonne New Jersey     I cannot say that we made a conscious decision to visit 9-11 Memorials; but what I will say is that I do not regret a single detour or stop made, at any of these locations, and that I could not more highly recommend,…

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South Union Shaker Village   “Tis a gift to be simple, ’tis a gift to be free ‘Tis a gift to come down where I ought to be And when I am in the place just right I will be in the valley of love and delight When true simplicity is gained To bow and…

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Sagamore Hill   Theodore Roosevelt’s Home Oyster Bay  “Death had to take Roosevelt sleeping, for if he had been awake, there would have been a fight.” ~ Vice-President Thomas R. Marshall ~ Sagamore Hill was President Theodore Roosevelt’s home for 33 years; it was a home he shared with his second wife, Edith, after having…

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Julia Ideson Library A Part of the Houston Public Library As a child, my Mother would often take me and my sisters to the public library; it was of course an inexpensive diversion, but it was also the place where her endless curiosities could be addressed. I do not remember her ever saying “you can…

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Oklahoma City National Memorial “We have come here to say to those who masterminded this cruel plot and those who executed it the spirit of this city and this nation will not be defeated.” ~ Reverend Billy Graham ~ “You are entering the area where the Alfred P. Murrah Building once stood. The granite used…

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April 29, 1992 This week, I was speaking with my dear friend, Shahnaz. We were sharing one of those insanely long, but always too short chats where we catch-up on each other’s lives, and the thousands of miles in between us, seem to melt away, just a bit.  We touch on everything from family to…

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Nathan Hale and the Homestead     “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country” ~ Nathan Hale ~   Do you remember Nathan Hale from a history class or movie or maybe the cartoon Liberty Kids?  Perhaps, it is just those famous last words, of his, that have…

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Grant’s Tomb The first time we went to Grant’s Tomb, was quite by accident and a very long time ago; in fact it was in the last century! We were on Riverside Drive, perhaps also by accident, yet somehow managed to find parking and pulled over to take a look, at this National Park; our…

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Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Site “Young African American men came to Tuskegee from all over the nation to train as military pilots. They began with primary flight training here at Tuskegee Institute’s Moton filed.  Tuskegee Institute also has a smaller field, Kennedy Field, where some cadets received orientation flights in the Piper J-3 ‘Cub’ during…

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Pearl Harbor     {Photograph taken on the boat, as we approached the Memorial, an iconic shot that includes, from left to right, the USS Missouri, where the Japanese surrendered, ending World War II, in the Pacific, the harbor control tower at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, which was built in 1925, and from where the…