Giants of History: The Courage of Nathan Hale

Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays—second only to Thanksgiving, and probably tied with Christmas. It seems fitting to begin our “Giants of History” series with one of the heroes of the Revolutionary War. I considered exploring Thomas Jefferson—after all, he did pen the Declaration of Independence, the reason for our 4th of July … More Giants of History: The Courage of Nathan Hale

Diluted Patriotism in the Lake Champlain Region

The American flag flies high and proud in this part of the country, but the people here seem to have forgotten what it means. My hubby and I noticed it on our Memorial Day Weekend trek around upstate New York and western Vermont—Old Glory was flying outside virtually every farm house, painted brightly on fences … More Diluted Patriotism in the Lake Champlain Region

The Electoral College is an Essential Guardian of Liberty

After the Constitutional Convention that created our nation, Benjamin Franklin famously said we have “A republic, if you can keep it.” A republic is a representative form of government. Democracy is nothing more or less than mob rule—majority wins. The lessons of history teach us that freedom doesn’t survive in a democracy; sooner or later, … More The Electoral College is an Essential Guardian of Liberty

Yet We Have This Hope

Friends, I don’t know about you, but I’m losing hope. The two major candidates for president are arguably the most detestable individuals ever to seek public office in the United States. Party divisions are deep, mainstream media is centered on the horrible flaws of both candidates, and of late both campaigns are entirely focused on … More Yet We Have This Hope

Foundations of Greatness

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Often attributed to Winston Churchill, this timeless saying emphasizes that, though times change, and though human actions and desires may change in deed, humanity will never change in nature. If we are to understand the fundamental beliefs, assumptions, and problems of humanity today, … More Foundations of Greatness