One of my favorite stories, although it’s probably apocryphal, is about a group of tourists visiting a picturesque village in Europe.
As they toured, admiring the beauty, the cathedral and the architecture of this quaint 13th century village, one tourist spotted an old man sitting on a bench. In a rather patronizing way, he asked, “Were any great men born in this village?” Continue reading
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do,” advised H. Jackson Brown, Jr. best known for his inspirational book, “Life’s Little Instruction Book,”
“So throw off the bowlines,” Brown wrote, “Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Continue reading
With the beginning of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament fondly known as “March Madness,” I’m reminded of a significant sports and societal event that occurred on this day.
On March 19, 1966, Texas Western College, now known as The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), defeated the University of Kentucky, 72-65, to win the National Championship. It was unique because it was the first time an all-black starting five had won the NCAA championship. The Kentucky Wildcats, coached by the legendary Adolph Rupp were an all white team. Continue reading
Before we left on our anniversary trip, many cities and towns were engaged in removing various Confederate statues and flags in wake of the senseless and shameful events that occurred in Charlottesville, VA.
I joked to Norma Jean that the “Six Flags Over Texas” would have to change its name to “Five Flags.” Upon returning, I’ve learned that while they haven’t changed the name, the theme park has decided to remove all the flags and replace them with six American flags. Continue reading
Although January 15 is the actual birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, today is ML King day. In 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed into law the bill to make the 3rd Monday of January a National holiday to honor Dr. King, remember his legacy and celebrate his achievements.
When you think of Martin Luther King Jr, you remember his tireless work in the area of civil rights. The peaceful marches. The fiery speeches. And unfortunately his untimely death. But most of all, I think of the great “I Have a Dream speech, delivered in August of 1963 from the steps of the Lincoln memorial. In that passionate speech Dr. King challenged us with these words. Continue reading