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Basilica of St. Louis

December 4, 2011


On this Second Sunday of Advent I thought I’d feature the Basilica of St. Louis and the story of watchful waiting by a western Indian tribe in the first half of the 19th century. A delegation of four Indians from a tribe west of the Rocky Mountains came to St. Louis in the Fall of […]

Montrose, Colorado: Sunday Sign

November 27, 2011


This week’s Sunday Sign gives a shout-out to lovely Montrose, Colorado.  I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Montrose a couple of times since my brother and his family moved there in 2008. Montrose is located in the southwestern quadrant of Colorado, in the Uncompahgre Valley, in lands originally populated by the Ute Indians. White settlers […]

Newt Gingrich & Mary Phagan

November 21, 2011


Newt Gingrich’s says child labor laws are unnecessary. When I read about his comments, I was immediately reminded of Mary Phagan, a young girl who worked in a pencil factory in Atlanta at the turn of the 20th century. Mary Phagan went to pick up her pay from her employer, National Pencil Company, and never […]

Jackson’s Military Road

November 20, 2011


This week’s Sunday Sign highlights Jackson’s Military Road in Northwest Alabama. The road plays a central role in the history of Northwest Alabama, from pioneer settlements to rock-and-roll iconography. The road itself was built by American soldiers under the leadership of General Andrew Jackson, following the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. The military road […]

Henry County, Missouri: Sunday Sign

November 13, 2011


This Henry County, Missouri historical marker is this week’s Sunday Sign:   Henry County, Missouri is in west central Missouri. I spent a couple of hours in Clinton, the county seat, in August 2010, where I enjoyed a nice sandwich and cake at The Ben Franklin Coffee House on the town square. Benjamin Franklin would […]

W-A-T-E-R: Helen Keller Can Communicate

November 6, 2011


I get chills just imagining what Helen Keller must have felt that day in 1877 when she felt the water flowing from a pump in Tuscumbia, Alabama as Anne Sullivan spelled the letters W-A-T-E-R into her hands.

A Piece of the Berlin Wall in Georgia

October 23, 2011


The Berlin Wall today is the symbol of the physical, cultural and social separation of the “East” and “West” during the Cold War era. From August 13, 1961 until 1989, the Berlin Wall was also the physical barricade between East and West Germany. This week’s Sunday Sign describes this small section of the Berlin Wall […]