Hate — a four-letter word

In observance of Black History Month, we found this quote about hate by Coretta Scott King. Widowed when her husband the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, Mrs. King spent her life as a civil rights leader, author and activist and was an inspiration of dignity and unity. Given the discord in our nation, we believe that this quote should be read and remembered by all.



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To Be or Not …

(Infographic from the daily-sun.com)

(Infographic from the daily-sun.com)

You must have been hiding under a rock last week not to have noticed that April 23 was the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. From international celebrations to news programs, The Bard was honored for his plays, sonnets and poems.  The observance, of course, will continue through 2016 and certainly will lead to many people discovering that “what’s old is new.”

One doesn’t have to be a fan of Shakespeare to have been influenced by his works.  We found a delightful article in Entrepreneur magazine that features 15 of his most inspirational quotes, some of which you might choose to use in your own life.

Among our favorites:

Don’t take on too much: “Be patient, for the world is broad and wide.” — Romeo and Juliet

Meet deadlines: “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.” — The Merry Wives of Windsor

Anticipate success: “Fortune brings in some boats that are not steer’d.” – Cymbeline

Visit http://goo.gl/2xW6Ef  to read the complete article.

The fact that we are celebrating Shakespeare centuries after his death proves that great writing is timeless!


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Who coined phrase “Cold War”?

Philanthropist and financier Bernard Baruch coined the phrase "Cold War," first used in an address at the S.C. House of Representatives.

Philanthropist and financier Bernard Baruch coined the phrase “Cold War,” first used in an address at the S.C. House of Representatives.

On this date in 1947, the phrase “Cold War” was first used to describe the distrust between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Bernard Baruch, the famous financier and industrialist who advised U.S Presidents on foreign and economic policy, used the phrase “Cold War’ in an address to the S.C. House of Representatives. The occasion was the unveiling of a portrait honoring Baruch, a South Carolina native. The painting was to hang in the S.C. House of Representatives, and guests gathered for the event expected a brief talk from Baruch.

Instead, Baruch used the occasion to deliver a blistering attack on industrial labor problems in the United States.

“Let us not be deceived  — we are today in the midst of a cold war. Our enemies are to be found abroad and at home. Let us never forget this: Our unrest is the heart of their success,” he said, probably to the surprise of those in attendance.

The phrase immediately was seized by U.S. newspapers and magazines to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union — a war without bloodshed, but a war that would be fought via diplomatic and international relations for decades.




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Thoughtful Thursday: Remembering D-Day


How can any of us fully express gratitude to the thousands of veterans from the United States and our Allies who risked their lives and gave their lives when they landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, to begin the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control during World War II?

The invasion was known as D-Day, and Friday, June 6, marks the 70th anniversary of the historic military event that would bring the downfall of Germany.

By the end of June 6, 155,000 Allied troops — Americans, British and Canadians — had successfully stormed Normandy’s beaches. Several thousand were killed.

Many were young guys, much like Charlie Wilson whose story was told on the CBS Evening news last night. Mr. Wilson was only 18 years old when he landed on Utah Beach — a teenager in a tank. Despite being afraid that they would die, Mr. Wilson had faith, saying they were trained “… to surprise them and outsmart them (Germans).”

And they were trained to get off the beach as quickly as possible.

Leif Maseng of Chicago, Ill., was another 18-year-old when he enlisted in the Army. The young paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne was dropped into Normandy late at night before the invasion began. He found himself waist deep in a flooded field in Normandy and away from others in his division.

Mr. Maseng, who now lives in Columbia, S.C., eventually met up with his fellow paratroopers. They took part in the D-Day mission and later fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

In an article in The State newspaper, Mr. Maseng said that he had not wanted to go back until now. “It’s not a pleasant memory, and I drop it from my mind. But that is changing. I think I ought to see it now and remember what happened.”

Both Mr. Maseng and Mr. Wilson are in Normandy for the commemoration, expected to be attended by 5 million people and many world leaders.
These two men embody the bravery and courage of the Greatest Generation. At the beginning of their adult lives, they were called to do the impossible — and they were only teenagers! Yet, despite knowing that they could die at any moment, they were determined to give their all for their country. They changed impossible to possible and then to “done.”
Americans should carry the soldiers like Leif Maseng and Charlie Wilson in our hearts forever. They were on the front lines of liberating Europe and bringing an end to a terrible war.
They did what many in our nation wouldn’t do today. Because of their contributions and sacrifices — and those of so many others — we have the freedoms that we enjoy.
Humble to the core, these men don’t see themselves as heroes.

Mr. Wilson said he “would still go back if I had to today. I could still kick butt, if I had to.”

The Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, and I think it’s time to let others “kick butt.” But if weren’t for Mr. Wilson and Mr. Maseng and those who served during this dark time, our history might be much different.

God bless you and all of those who have served our nation proudly and continue to do so today!


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Thoughtful Thursday: Portrait of Resilience


Poet. Author. Dancer. Singer. Activist. Educator. Mother.

The death of Maya Angelou brought tributes and remembrances from around the world. Of all the accomplishments from her incredible life, I most admire Ms. Angelou’s resilience. No matter what peril, disappointment, slight or hurt that ever came her way, Ms. Angelou picked herself up and moved forward. She didn’t wait for others to come to her rescue. She was the rescue team. Often, she was a team of one.

She was determined not to let the trials and tribulations define her life. Ms. Angelou marched ahead, knowing that she was the one who would write her life’s story. The educator defined how her life would be remembered. And what a life it was — in large part because of her resilience.

Resilience isn’t a trait you discover that you had after you survived trauma or tragedy. Resilience is what took through that trauma and tragedy when you endured seconds, minutes, hours, days and months of heart break and sadness. Resilience lived in a place you didn’t know existed. Resilience is what took over when the pain robbed you of your good sense and hope, and resilience dragged you over the mountain that seemed too steep to face.

We can find strength in these words from Ms. Angelou: “I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.”

Life will go on without this great voice, but it won’t be the same.





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Thoughtful Thursday: The Bard at 450

BirthdayCandlesAt 450, The Bard of Avon is still going strong — at least among readers!

 And you thought the years were creeping up on you?

Consider William Shakespeare’s plight. He’s 450 years old.

Baptized at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon on April 26, 1564, Shakespeare is regarded by many as the greatest writer in the English language. Honoring the poet, actor and dramatist leaves us, shall we say, nearly speechless! What does one say to such a great wordsmith!

Therefore, we’ll give a simple shout-out: Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare! Your plays, sonnets and poetry have been read throughout the world and have touched the imaginations of millions!

How fitting that the celebration of Shakespeare’s birth and the observance of his death fall within the same month.

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” 

William Shakespeare, 1564 – 1616

 (Illustration by Tivery Lucky, freedigitalphotos.net)


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