Written 81 years ago, book applies to today’s US politics

Do you like old books? I do. I like to read and re-read them, and one I’ve been reading lately probably wouldn’t stand a chance with publishers today. Continue reading “Written 81 years ago, book applies to today’s US politics”

Honor the dead and wounded on Pearl Harbor Day by reading ‘Day of Deceit’

Robert B. Stinnett’s book Day of Deceit published in 2001 is a real eye-opener, and there’s never been a better time to read this work. The book assesses US president Franklin D. Roosevelt’s policy ahead of the attack, and it is a significant correction to history. Americans often chide presidents for lying—that isn’t new. Historians, however, are hesitant to criticize FDR because he has been written into legend by his admirers. I’ve often said I thought he was one of our worst presidents ever, but my beef in this essay relates to his stance on Japan as that nation beat war drums. Continue reading “Honor the dead and wounded on Pearl Harbor Day by reading ‘Day of Deceit’”

Thanksgiving surprise: Who tried to change the day?

Every year we mark the last Thursday in November as our US version of giving thanks. Humans have done for a very long time in different ways and with different labels. Courtesy of an article in the Old Farmer’s Almanac, I learned a few things about one of my favorite holidays. Which president began the custom of celebrating the last November Thursday as our special day of thanks? Which president tried to change it and then backed off? Continue reading “Thanksgiving surprise: Who tried to change the day?”

Writing Life: From a backyard owl to an American colony in Jerusalem

You never know what you’ll find when you go sleuthing for information. I learned some things today and ended up grabbing some soul balm to boot. Who knew a simple backyard owl experience could introduce me to the American Colony in Jerusalem? Continue reading “Writing Life: From a backyard owl to an American colony in Jerusalem”

Could a single electoral vote decide the US presidency?

If you spend some time reading reports from media of times gone by, or wandering around inside the innards of the US Library of Congress, it becomes evident divisive politics and controversial elections are part of the history of our country. Did you know the US had one election decided by a single electoral vote? Did you also know vote fraud allegations are nothing new in US politics? Continue reading “Could a single electoral vote decide the US presidency?”