Washington and Lafayette at Mt. Vernon
In honor of the anniversary of Bastille Day-
The Marquis de Lafayette, 19, arrived in the new world to join America’s revolutionary cause in 1777. Right off the bat, he made a powerful friend: George Washington instantly took a liking to the Frenchman and within a month, Lafayette had effectively become the general’s adopted son. Their affection was mutual; when the younger man had a son of his own in 1779, he named him Georges Washington de Lafayette.
The day after the storming of the Bastille, the Marquis de Lafayette became the commander of the Paris National Guard. In the aftermath of the Bastille siege, he was given the key to the building. As a thank-you—and to symbolize the new revolution—Lafayette sent it to Washington’s Mount Vernon home, where the relic still resides today.
-Diary entry of Louis XVI on Bastille Day
Source credits: Mark Mancini, Mental Floss, Google Images
memorial at u.s. capitol
“great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
photo credit: reuters, carlos barria
dried human tears (Smithsonianmag.com)
watching the january 6th capitol hill hearing
the most compelling, wrenching, and heartfelt testimony
i have ever witnessed
not one person immune from tears
i could not take my eyes off of them
and I am forever changed
questions must be answered and justice served
never to happen again.
“that’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt.” – john green
turned in my ballot
watched the first debate
went to sleep hopeful
’tis the season of change
i feel it in the air.
“you are not just for the right or left, but for what is right over the wrong.”
– suzy kassem, the writings of suzy kassem
herbert smith lived in hawaii in the 1890s
120+ years ago he took pictures of this bay surrounded by palm trees and small shipping huts
here is the bay many years later
on this date in 1959, hawaii became a state
i have yet to visit
but plan to spend time
in a hut
under a palm tree
on a bay
“coming to Hawaii is like going from black and white to color.”
-john richard stephens
Image credits: Bonhams/BNPS, IPTCDaily Mail, Matt Hunter, Herbert Smith
President Richard M. Nixon honors John McCain at the State Department
after McCain was released by the North Vietnamese in 1973
after more than five years as a prisoner of war.
RIP Senator John McCain
a maverick in the truest sense of the word
“I’ve tried to serve our country honorably. I’ve made mistakes, but I hope my love for America will be weighed favorably against them. I’ve often observed that I am the luckiest person on Earth. I feel that way even now, as I prepare for the end of my life. I’ve loved my life, all of it. I’ve had experiences, adventures, friendships, enough for 10 satisfying lives, and I am so thankful. Like most people, I have regrets. But I would not trade a day of my life in good or bad times for the best day of anybody else’s.”
-John McCain – from a letter he left to be read upon his death
“a hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.” bob dylan
image credit: washington post
caring for veterans shouldn’t be a partisan issue.
it should an american one.
– jennifer granholm