How a US teacher showed – not told – a crucial history lesson

In honor of US Independence Day, here is the true story of how a schoolteacher from Robinson High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, USAgave the most graphic and powerful history lesson I’ve ever heard of. Please share it on: thousands, if not millions more school children could learn something very valuable from it.  

HTWB US vets

This was shared with me by Janet M, my cousin and a special needs teacher in Toronto. (Original author unknown, but this has been verified as a true story by Snopes.com.)

A history lesson no-one could ever forget

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With all our good wishes on Memorial Day, USA – thinking of you

DSC_0721May they never be forgotten.

Why you gotta love politicians

With elections due soon in the USA and the UK, to name but two, let’s be refreshed by these canny thoughts from people most of whom have been around the political block many times. Thanks to my good friend Laurence H. from London, England and Los Angeles, CA, for sharing…

Why you gotta love politicians

If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.
~Jay Leno~

The problem with political jokes is they get elected. 
~Henry Cate, VII~

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office
~Aesop~

If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these State of the Union speeches, there wouldn’t be any inducement to go to heaven.
~Will Rogers~

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
~Nikita Khrushchev~

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it.
~Clarence Darrow~

Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.
~Author unknown~

Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.
~John Quinton~

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.
~Oscar Ameringer~

I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them.
~Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952~

A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.
~ Tex Guinan~

I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
~Charles de Gaulle~

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.
~Doug Larson~

There ought to be one day — just one — when there is open season on senators.
~Will Rogers~

What are your favourite thoughts on why you gotta love politicians?

Please share!

And should you be interested in learning more on how to express more effectively your political and other thoughts, check this out while you’re here…

 

When a city has been torn apart, what writing expresses feelings best?

How do you write from the heart about a calamity – the Brussels Attacks – that has just stunned you into shock and silence?
HTWB Belgian flagYesterday’s tragedy in Brussels, Belgium – coming just over 4 months after the even more hideous atrocities 200 miles away in Paris – has resulted in a deluge of words written by journalists and their editors, mostly capitalising on the shock-horror elements that sell newspapers and please online advertisers.

But ironically, these words fail to express what the average person really feels. Here’s why. [Read more…]

Progress 101: what a century it has been!

Many thanks to my good friend and fellow author Diana F. in Idaho, USA, for sharing this amazing list of where we were only 101 years ago.

Progress 101: what a century it has been!

In the overall picture of this planet, 101 years is a mere blinking of an eye. Yet in this “blinking,” so much has moved on alarmingly. For example, see how we were back then and compare it with where we are now… [Read more…]

Health and safety rules for the Battle of Trafalgar

As you probably know, here in the UK we recently acknowledged the 205th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar – to quote Wikipedia:

The Battle of Trafalgar (21 October 1805) was a naval engagement fought by the Royal Navy against the combined fleets of the French and Spanish Navies, during the War of the Third Coalition (August–December 1805) of the Napoleonic Wars (1803–1815). The battle was the most decisive naval victory of the war.

Here we join Admiral Horatio Nelson and Captain Thomas Hardy on the eve of the great battle…

Health and safety rules for the Battle of Trafalgar

“The rum ration has been abolished, Admiral. It’s part of the Government’s policy on binge drinking.”

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