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The Miseducation of America

“It is very nearly impossible to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.” ~Happy Birthday, James A. Baldwin *** Advertisements

On Flew into the Cuckoo’s Nest

Happy Birthday, Frederick Douglass

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Wishing Frederick Douglass — America’s great author, thinker, abolitionist, vice presidential running mate to the first female presidential candidate, suffragist, advocate of equal rights for all and American slave — a happy birthday. “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance … Continue reading

Happy Birthday! Three Authors to Remember this January

“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.” ~Virginia Woolf, author and modernist, best known today for Mrs Dalloway and A Room of One’s Own. Born: January, 25, 1882   “Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.” ~Lewis Carroll (nee Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon, and photographer best known today for Alice’s … Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Ben Franklin!

“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do.” ~Happy Birthday, Benjamin Franklin!   The quote above is one segment of an answer Mr. Franklin gave to a question about his diplomatic success in the newly formed United States. In full, his response was: “I will speak ill of no man, and … Continue reading

American Legend

“Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use.” ~Happy Birthday to American original Ruth Gordon While you’re here, check out our new book on Amazon. Even through the title is entirely inappropriate for this post. ***

A Pioneer for People

October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962 “You must do the things you think you cannot do.” ~Happy birthday, Eleanor Roosevelt. ***

A Bittersweet Happy Birthday

“Freedom belongs to the strong.” ~Happy Birthday, Richard Wright       ***

One of a Kind

“I’ve been in more laps than a napkin.” ~Happy Birthday to a true American original, Mae West! ***

Fear, Loathing and the Independent Mind

“It is very nearly impossible to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.” ~Happy Birthday, James A. Baldwin ***

Happy Birthday, Clifford Odets

“Life shouldn’t be printed on dollar bills.” ~Clifford Odets, born this day in 1906. ***

Not the First Lady, the First Woman

Today in 1981, President Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female justice on the United States Supreme Court. “I think the important thing about my appointment is not that I will decide cases as a woman, but that I am a woman who will get to decide … Continue reading

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