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The Shirley Place

January 15, 2012


The Shirley Place in Northport, Alabama is featured as this week’s Sunday Sign: Related Posts The Sunday Sign is a weekly feature of The Ben Franklin Follies.

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 […]

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.

Helen Keller Inspires

September 25, 2011


Helen Keller's words remind us that we can choose to soar. We don't always choose our circumstances, but we do choose how we respond to those circumstances. Don't sleepwalk through your life. Choose to soar.

Elizabeth Edwards (1949-2010)

December 7, 2010


I’m saddened by the news of the passing of Elizabeth Edwards. Can’t say it better or differently than I wrote here: From my Facebook post yesterday, Dec. 6, when I first learned of Elizabeth Edwards’ poor prognosis: Elizabeth Edwards is a woman of strength, class and grace and I hope, when faced with life’s challenges, […]