on president’s day
remembering those placemats that taught us about our country
“justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity,
those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice.”
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
Ochopee has one 131-mile mail route that serves more than 900 residents. The mail route covers deliveries in three counties and includes delivery on the Miccosukee Indian Reservation. The tiny building used to serve as a storage shed for irrigation pipes for a tomato farm but was pressed into service as post office after the Ochopee general store/post office was destroyed in a fire in 1953.
“another success is the post office, with its educating energy augmented by cheapness and guarded by a certain religious sentiment in mankind; so that the power fo a wafer or a drop of wax or gluten to guard a letter, as it flies over sea, over land, and comes to its address as if a battalion of artillery brought it, i look upon as a fine meter of civilization.”
-ralph waldo emerson
stand up for the u.s.p.s
credits: patrick riley, naples daily news, luke franke, orlando sentinel
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
what an adventure it would be to travel on the ‘make america kind again’ bus
“human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the figure of a free people.
a nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States
The designer of our current 50-star flag was Robert Heft. It was 1958 and there was some talk that Alaska and Hawaii were going to officially become states 49 and 50. One of his high school teachers capitalized on the current events of the day and had his students design a new flag incorporating the two new states. Inspired by Betsy Ross, (and cutting up his parents’ flag), Heft did just that, arranging the stars so it wasn’t very evident that he had added any. His teacher gave him a B-, saying that the design was unoriginal. When Heft balked at the grade, his teacher told him that if he could get the flag adopted by Congress, he would bump the grade up to an A. Heft jumped at the opportunity, sent the flag to his congressman, and after a long campaign and a refusal to give up, he ended up getting the flag approved. Heft got his ‘A’ as promised. Since then, Heft’s original homemade flag has flown over every single state capitol building, over 88 U.S. embassies, and over the White House for five administrations. He is now deceased, but has left behind a design with 51 stars ready to go if the need arises.
happy 4th of july!
credits: mental floss, quora, wiki, readers digest
stand up and vote.
“small differences in a system of great power can have enormous consequences.”
― noam chomsky
dog image credit: iggyjoey.com
“if all the cars in the united states were placed end to end,
it would probably be labor day weekend.”
image credit: national toy museum (record for world’s longest line of toy cars)
“you have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks and soldiers who file by the white house in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy and the flies die from happiness. you may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”
happy birthday u.s.a!
image credit: savorthebest.com