James, John Quincy & the 4th of July

History by ©2020 Sarah Becker James, John Quincy & the 4th of July In 1821 Mexico declared its independence from Spain; the American Colonization Society established the West African republic of Liberia, and Missouri was admitted as a slave state.  General Andrew Jackson was appointed governor of the Florida territory; New York’s Emma Willard started […]

Colored Rosemont – Part Two

Written by ©2020 Sarah Becker Copyright ©2020 Sarah Becker Colored Rosemont – Part Two “Of all the American states, Virginia can lay claim to the most thorough control by an oligarchy,” historian and political scientist V.O. Key, Jr., wrote in 1949.  “Political power has been closely held by a small group of leaders who, themselves […]

Infectious Diseases Throughout the Years

By Sarah Becker Infectious Diseases Throughout the Years Today it is the unexpected arrival of an acute febrile respiratory disease, COVID-19 that sickens America.  COVID-19, a relative of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) was first discovered in China in December 2019.  The United States recorded its first COVID-19 case on January 21, 2020; on March […]

Earth Day Celebrates 50 Years

by Sarah Becker ©2020 Earth Day Celebrates 50 Years “The time has come to inquire seriously what will happen when our forests are gone, when the coal, the iron, the oil, and the gas are exhausted, when the soils shall have been still further impoverished and washed into the streams, polluting the rivers, denuding the […]

Read Across America

A Bit of History Read Across America Written by Parker A. Poodle ™ a.k.a. Sarah Becker Copyright ©2020 Sarah Becker Let’s Celebrate Read Across America On December 21, 2019, my mistress’ brother unexpectedly passed away.  His children were sad and needed to snuggle.  I, Parker A. Poodle, a Reading Education Dog, love to snuggle.  I […]

Colored Rosemont – A Black History Lesson

by ©2020 Sarah Becker Colored Rosemont – A Black History Lesson In 1939 Winston Churchill described the Soviets as “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma;” German authorities required Jews to wear the Star of David, and black American W.E.B. DuBois published Black Folk, Then and Now: An Essay in the History and […]

‘Remember the Laidies’

By ©2019 Sarah Becker ‘Remember the Laidies’ In 1920 the United States, as per the 18th Amendment, prohibited “the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors;” the U.S. Supreme Court concluded the United States Steel Corporation was not an illegal monopoly, and the Virginia General Assembly voted not to ratify the Woman’s Suffrage Amendment.  Yet […]

Executive Privilege and Impeachment

Copyright ©2019 Sarah Becker Written by ©2019 Sarah Becker Executive Privilege and Impeachment “The President of the United States is impeachable at any time during his continuance in office,” James Madison wrote (Federalist Paper No. 39).  The 2019 calendar is turning and still the country contemplates President Donald Trump’s (R-NY/FL) conduct in office.  “If impeached, […]

“Let’s Not Be Scared, Let’s Be Prepared”

“Let’s Not Be Scared, Let’s Be Prepared” Written by Parker A. Poodle™  ©2019   Every dog, every child needs a trusted chum, an adviser who can teach them the pees and queues.  At age 16, never did I, Parker A. Poodle a Reading Education Assistance Dog, assume a howling need to explain a despicable decade […]


by ©2019 Sarah Becker Civility “So let us begin anew—remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof,” President John F. Kennedy (D-MA) said on January 20, 1961.  The Oxford American Dictionary defines civility as politeness; courtesy, respect and amiability. George Washington’s Rules of Civility, […]