“The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.” ~ by Elizabeth Hardwick
I developed a love for reading as a young child. The characters in the various books became my friends and together we had many adventures. I visited far away places and learned about many different cultures from the past and present. Reading instilled in me a strong desire to travel the world.
History is not always what we imagine...
Abraham Lincoln will forever be known as the President who, by signing the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, abolished slavery. What many fail to realize is that, as wonderful as this act was, President Lincoln's motivation and reasons for doing this was more militarily strategic.
Also, even though they were granted freedom on January 1, 1863, many freed slaves did not know that they were free until June 19, 1863.
On March 6th 1957, under the leadership of their then Prime
Minister Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and later first President, the Gold Coast became the
first African nation to declare their independence from European colonization. The
newly freed nation selected the name Ghana to represent their unified existence.
The choice in the name was not arbitrary nor by accident. Ghana means “Warrior King” and was also the name
of one of Western Africa’s greatest empires. Ghana’s successful
bid for freedom led to the empowerment of several other African nations to demand
and receive their own independence.
During a recent visit to New York City, I thought I'd checkout some of my old stomping grounds. One of my favorite places was the Boardwalk at Coney Island.... Hurricane Sandy caused some damage to the old place, but the city and private patrons restored it and made it even better. Fortunately, we happen to be in town during their grand re-opening of this famous landmark.....
My niece had heard stories, but never been to Coney Island, so this was a perfect time to introduce her to Coney Island, and re-acquaint myself with an old friend.
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
~ by Augustine of Hippo
Take a trip with me to the Land Of The Rising Sun…..
Host to the Olympic Games in 1964 (summer) and 1972, 1998 (winter).
Tokyo, the current capital, is a thriving metropolis of with skyscrapers, five star hotels, museums, one-stop-shopping, technological marvels, and trains that leave and arrive on schedule.
Kyoto, one of the ancient capitals,, is filled with beautiful historic temples and shrines.
“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of trueeducation.” ~ by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In honor of African-American History Month
I’d like to feature two favorite authors.
I, Too ~ by Langston Hughes 1902–1967
I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”
“The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.” ~ by S. Gudder
Do any of these phrases sound familiar?
“The math I am learning in school is never going to be used in real life”
“I hate math”
“Math is too hard”
“ I do not have any math homework (translation: I don’t understand it)”
As a parent and educator, I have heard these phrases and more whenever the topic of math is mentioned. A firm grasp of mathematical concepts, though necessary, can be scary at any age.