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The President Killed by His Own Doctors

July 11, 2017

“If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should not grow old.” James Garfield

James Garfield marks our 20th president of the week. You’d think writing these presidential recaps would get easier. However, this week’s was rough. All I really want to do is tell you to go read THIS book! Right this second! Goodness, it’s amazing. It’s the most captivating book I’ve read all year. And I don’t know a better way to capture the character of President Garfield.

Candice Millard’s Destiny of the Republic is the most fascinating sketch on a president I’ve ever read. It makes me want to go tell the entire world about President James Garfield! That most Americans have hardly heard of him is a crime. Though he had the second shortest tenure in presidential history (William Harrison, at 31 days, was the first), his story should be mentioned in every history book from sea to shining sea.

Of course, all our presidents are fascinating in their own way. But James Garfield is extra intriguing to me for several reasons. The life he lived alone is worth learning about. Add in the extra dimension of how he even became president in the first place and you’ve got a page turner right there. But it doesn’t stop there.

His assassination was tragic, yes, but the real tragedy came after the assassin’s bullet struck him. Had he been an average soldier wounded in battle, many historians believe he would have lived. Unfortunately, James Garfield was no ordinary man. As the most powerful man in the country, his story took a different and tragic turn.

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Teaching My Children What the American Flag Means to Me

July 3, 2017

“And this be our motto- ‘In God is our trust!'” The congregation of my church belted out those words in the third verse of the Star Spangled Banner over the weekend. The verse permeated through me as tears streamed down my…

Obama’s Rhubarb-Strawberry Crumble Pie

June 30, 2017

It quickly became known in the White House that President Obama loved pie. This one, Rhubarb Strawberry Crumble Pie, was one of his favorites. According to one of President Obama’s pastry chef’s, they were always racking their brains trying to…

Watermelon Lemonade Recipe

Lemonade Lucy’s Watermelon Lemonade

June 29, 2017

This addition of watermelon to a classic American drink is a delightful twist. And if you know a thing or two about our 19th President of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes, you may recall the fact…

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The President Who Won by a SINGLE Electoral Vote

June 28, 2017

If you thought the 2000 election was bad–remember hanging chads?–just wait until you hear about this. The 1876 presidential election was the longest election process in our country’s history. It dragged on for four very long…

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Thomas Jefferson’s Garden Pasta Salad

June 27, 2017

Did you know that Thomas Jefferson was basically the master gardener? He grew 330 varieties of 89 species of vegetables and herbs at Monticello. So, I guess you could say this garden pasta salad would win over Thomas…

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Bush Family Walker’s Point Red Salsa

June 26, 2017

Every summer the Bush family heads to Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport, Maine to escape the heat of Texas. This red salsa is named after that summer retreat and belongs in a family favorite buffet lineup of fajitas, where they have…

Bush Avocado Dip

Bush Family Avocado Dip

June 26, 2017

It’s no secret that the Bush family likes their Tex-Mex! They make this avocado dip for their Empanadas. But a taco, tacquito, or even just tortilla chips would be perfect, too. This recipe was revised from…

The War Hero Tainted by Scandal

June 22, 2017

“Let Us Have Peace.” Ulysses S. Grant. Most Americans have heard of him. They know he was involved in the Civil War somehow. But they may not know much else. Not only was Ulysses S. Grant…

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Road Trips with Kids Survival Guide

June 20, 2017

I know I’m not alone in my feelings of hating being in the car, especially when it involves small children for more than an hour or two. Road trips with kids can be torture. You may…

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