by ©2021 Sarah Becker                                                                         Juneteenth             On June 19th, 1865, Union Major General Gordon Granger entered Galveston, Texas, and announced the end of the Civil War, the belated end of southern slavery.  General Order No. 3: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a [January 1, 1863] proclamation from the Executive […]

Marijuana – It’s Legal!

History by ©Sarah Becker Marijuana – It’s Legal! In 1792, Quaker Edward Stabler borrowed 100 pounds to buy stock for his Alexandria Apothecary Shop.  Now a National Historic Landmark, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop’s history dates from 1792 to 1933.  Medicinal cannabis was first introduced in the 1850s; on the Leadbeater families’ corporate watch.  “Records do […]

Climate Change – It’s a Gas, Gas, Gas….

History Written by ©2021 Sarah Becker                                                             Climate Change – It’s a Gas, Gas, Gas…. “Climate change threatens all weather patterns,” John Kerry, special presidential envoy for climate said on February 19,2021.  “The planet is warming in large part because of greenhouse gas emissions that are pumped into the sky from power plants, cars, planes […]

Celebrating Women’s History Month

by Sarah Becker Copyright ©2021 Sarah Becker   Celebrating Women’s History Month “I am absolutely convinced that the forces of ill will in our nation, the people on the wrong side in our nation—the extreme rightists of our nation, have often used time more effectively than the people of good will,” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther […]

Poetry and the Pandemic

History Written by Parker A. Poodle ™ Copyright ©2021 Sarah Becker Poetry and the Pandemic by Parker A. Poodle ™ In this parent fatigued pandemic I, Parker A. Poodle, a reading education assistance dog, have been asked to help you “Spin your imagination a little faster.”  To assure children “The shallowest breath will generate/ a […]

A Brief History of Presidential Pets

A Brief History of Presidential Pets By Aaron Tallent   This Presidents’ Day, we have First Dogs back in the White House since President Joe Biden has brought his two German shepherds, Champ and Major. President Donald Trump was the only Commander in Chief other than James K. Polk to not have presidential pets while […]

The Lee-Jackson Debate

  ©2020 Sarah Becker The Lee-Jackson Debate   At long last the New Year has arrived.  Joe Biden (D-DE) is president-elect; COVID-19 continues its sinister spread, and Virginia no longer observes Robert E. Lee-Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson Day.  Lee-Jackson Day was established in 1904. “It is past time that we stop honoring the Confederacy,” Virginia Governor […]

Separation of Church and State

Written by ©2020 Sarah Becker Separation of Church and State “A nation’s character, like that of an individual, is elusive,” Congressional candidate John F. Kennedy [D-MA] said on July 4, 1946.  “It is produced partly by the things we have done and partly by what has been done to us…It is well for us to […]

The Right To Vote….

by ©2020 Sarah Becker The Right To Vote…. “The question of suffrage is one which is likely to agitate the public so long as a portion of the citizens of the nation are excluded from its privileges,” President and former Union General Ulysses S. Grant [R-IL] said in 1870.  Amendment 15, Section 1, as ratified […]

From The Wright Brothers to Space X

A Bit of History by ©2020 Sarah Becker From The Wright Brothers to Space X In 1901 American scientist, astronomer, and mathematician Simon Newcomb [1835-1909] “predicted that man would never fly.”  Said Newcomb in 1903: “The desire to fly like a bird is inborn in our race, and we can no more be expected to […]