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Wednesday, September 3, 2014 • Posted September 10, 2014
In the year 1847 it took Brigham Young and his advance party of pioneers 111 days to travel 1,031 miles from Winters Quarters, Nebraska, to the valley of the Great Salt Lake. In that party were 143 men, 3 women and 2 children. In the next two decades prior to the coming of the railroad in 1869, more than 70,000 brave souls would follow that same trail.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted September 10, 2014
I recently came across some biographies of some of my pioneer ancestors. They included a story about a Revolutionary War veteran who, in his old age, was driven from his home because of his religious beliefs. There was another soldier ancestor who, as a young unmarried man, took part in the longest infantry march in U.S.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
Back in the days of the covered wagon, travelers would often orient their wagon tongues toward the North Star before retiring for the night. In the morning, when the stars were no longer visible, they simply had to look at the wagon tongue to calculate their direction of travel. As we travel through this veil of tears called life, I think it is imperative to keep our orientation, to keep our eyes on the things of most importance. I was first introduced to the Solis family back in 1981 when I ...
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 • Posted August 8, 2014
Back in the 1980’s the high school where I worked touted the finest fine arts facility in west Texas. As the Director of Fine Arts, I felt an obligation to make sure the facility was used not only for school activities but for community enrichment as well. In order for that to occur, we trained a crew of high school students that was charged with “making the magic happen.” We called them the “Blackshirts” because they dressed in black and worked mostly out of sight behind the scenes.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 • Posted July 31, 2014
Back in 1969 I was doing some research in the Indian schools of Guatemala. I found lodging in the village of Cunen in the same rustic house with an American doctor who, along with his wife and a nurse, was donating his time to provide medical services to the indigenous people of the country.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 • Posted July 25, 2014
The following story was popular when I was but a youth. Farmer Smith wanted a boy to work on his farm. He was doing some interviewing of candidates. A thoughtful-looking lad of about sixteen attracted him. The boy was confronted with a rather abrupt question from the gruff old agriculturalist.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 • Posted July 18, 2014
Our national flag has quite a history--perhaps not the one we learned about in school, but just as colorful. In truth, it is remarkable how little evidence has survived about the early flags of our nation. The modern spirit of American patriotism did not exist then, and the affection of citizens was primarily for their own colonies.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 • Posted July 11, 2014
I have observed some of the FIFA World Cup soccer games with interest. They reminded me of a story I read some years ago about a little soccer player: I was watching some little kids play soccer. These kids were only five or six years old, but they were playing a real game; a serious game—two teams, complete with coaches, uniforms, and parents.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 3, 2014
It is common practice in our schools for the students to stand at attention facing the flag of the United States, place their hands over their hearts and to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. They learn the words at a very young age and continue to recite them through their high school years.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 26, 2014
You might have heard of him by the nickname “Stonewall,” but his real name was Thomas Jonathan Jackson. He was only 37 years old when he began his Civil War experience as a major for his native state of Virginia. Two years later he was dead, but during that 24-month period this quiet Presbyterian had caught the imagination of men so firmly that even today his principles and methods are the admiration of soldiers everywhere.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 • Posted June 19, 2014
I was just minding my own business watching my two boys, Derek and Shane, play in a church-league softball game when the behind-the-plate umpire split the seam out of his pants. “Hey, Mac!” he hollered. “Take over for me while I change my britches.” With that, he was off. The opposing team was ahead by one run in the bottom of the seventh and last inning.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 12, 2014
A woman was waiting at an airport one night, With several long hours before her flight. She hunted for a book in the airport shop, Bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop. She was engrossed in her book but happened to see, That the man sitting beside her, as bold as could be, Grabbed a cookie or two from the bag in between, Which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene. So she munched the cookies and watched the clock, As the gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 • Posted June 6, 2014
As graduation approached, a high school senior wrote on the whiteboard, “11 days until graduation!!” Someone drew a line through “graduation” and changed the sentence to read, “11 days until freedom!!” In one U.S. History course a study packet was prepared and handed out to the students. It was designed to help students prepare to pass the state required “End of Course” exam.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 • Posted June 5, 2014
I started the eighth grade in Monterrey, Mexico. My brother Jay was in the third grade and Dale was in the second grade. Our school was located downtown near La Purisima Catholic Church which was a local landmark. Our home was located in the suburb of Colonia Vista Hermosa, some distance away.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 23, 2014
While serving as principal of an alternative school, I was holding a parent conference. In attendance were a tall, athletic student and his mother. Representing the school, besides myself, was a counselor, an assistant principal and a former Marine drill sergeant who served as one of the boy’s teachers. In the course of the meeting the boy swore at his mother.