14 08, 2017

Real American History

2017-08-14T10:39:52+00:00

On Aug. 14, 1945, The New York Times headline flashed the welcome news the world was holding its breath to hear: Japan Surrenders, End of War! The related headlines come alive even today: All City 'Lets Go': Hundreds of Thousands Roar Joy After Victory Flash Is Received: Times Sq. Is Jammed: Police Estimate Crowd in [...]

Real American History 2017-08-14T10:39:52+00:00
27 06, 2017

Home From Italy

2017-06-27T09:29:02+00:00

My conclusions about this amazing country: God must be Italian, and heaven is any one of the countless gelato shops in every city.  And the piazzas. (No...not pizzas!) The ancient Romans and medieval Italians seemingly understood effective urban systems far better than many of our 20th Century city planners. Confession: I know nothing about the [...]

Home From Italy 2017-06-27T09:29:02+00:00
7 06, 2017

Liz Tolsma Talks With Mike Mizrahi About The Story behind The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race by Mike Mizrahi

2017-06-07T08:32:34+00:00

"What a fun and interesting title for a book, especially since my family and I were just in Chattanooga and will be back there frequently in the coming years as my daughter is going to school there. Please welcome Mike Mizrahi to the blog this week. Here’s a little bit about the release, The [...]

Liz Tolsma Talks With Mike Mizrahi About The Story behind The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race by Mike Mizrahi 2017-06-07T08:32:34+00:00
31 05, 2017

Post Memorial Day Thoughts—From a Baby Boomer Who Never Served

2017-06-05T07:55:16+00:00

Maybe it's my age, but Memorial Day automatically conjures up images in my mind of the brave, frightened souls who stormed the Normandy beaches that long ago June morning. Or the battle on Okinawa's Hacksaw Ridge, recently memorialized in Mel Gibson's movie of the same name. Sergeant Ed Reiff, USMC, around 1942. [...]

Post Memorial Day Thoughts—From a Baby Boomer Who Never Served 2017-06-05T07:55:16+00:00
19 05, 2017

Bicycle Camps For Disabled Children

2017-05-24T22:09:53+00:00

My wife and I were treated to an amazing day on May 18. We met some awesome kids who were learning to ride the bicycle for the first time in their young lives. They attended a weeklong bicycle camp in San Diego staged by a fantastic international organization called iCan Shine. I’m dedicating proceeds from [...]

Bicycle Camps For Disabled Children 2017-05-24T22:09:53+00:00
8 05, 2017

Hug a Teacher

2017-05-09T07:34:55+00:00

Many teachers rescued me through the years. I wish they were still with us so I could hug them and say thanks. Karen, my wife, alerted me that National Teacher Appreciation Week started yesterday, May 8, and today is Teacher's Day in America. So, I want to start this day by saying, THANK YOU, to anyone reading [...]

Hug a Teacher 2017-05-09T07:34:55+00:00
2 05, 2017

All You Need is Love 2.0

2017-05-02T09:55:36+00:00

I love Beatle music. You may have already discovered my mania. The other day the boys were singing for an audience of one inside my car... “All You Need is Love. (♫ Dont…da-da-da-da ♫). All You Need is Love.” The band sang this catchy phrase around fifty years ago on a BBC telecast that aired [...]

All You Need is Love 2.0 2017-05-02T09:55:36+00:00
24 04, 2017

Another Woman in My Life?

2017-04-24T07:08:46+00:00

Guilty. One with four legs. Kiki rescues my heart from the worry of the moment in so many ways. Many of you pet owners already know what I’m talking about. Read on. I actually have a point here. Some people don’t like the chains that come with caring for a pet. I get it. [...]

Another Woman in My Life? 2017-04-24T07:08:46+00:00
13 04, 2017

The Revenge of Old Glory

2017-04-13T07:41:08+00:00

Tomorrow, April 14, marks the 152 anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The tragedian John Wilkes Booth fired his shot and jumped from the President’s box to the stage. One minor detail made all the difference…he caught a boot spur on Old Glory, which had been draped across the box. Booth tumbled [...]

The Revenge of Old Glory 2017-04-13T07:41:08+00:00
3 04, 2017

Musings on the Beginning

2017-03-31T10:23:42+00:00

Whether you believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Or Allah. Or Buddha. Or you don’t believe in any higher power. The worlds of science and faith are coming closer than ever before to some agreement on the origins of the universe. If it was a “big bang” or a spoken word, the [...]

Musings on the Beginning 2017-03-31T10:23:42+00:00