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President McKinley

The Assassinated President Historians Gave the Shaft

September 18, 2017

You don’t hear much these days about former President William McKinley (er, well, aside from the whole mountain in Alaska thing). But William McKinley, in his day, was as popular as they come. His assassination, six months into…

Lilli Nehring

Teaching Children Their Smile Can Change the World

September 6, 2017

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” Mother Teresa I had so many things on my to-do list this past week, so many…

Benjamin Harrison

The Centennial President with the Icy Personality

August 21, 2017

Back in my White House staffer days, I used to give friends tours of the East and West Wings. It was one of my favorite perks of my job. As we strolled through the Green Room and…

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How to Get a Lifetime National Park Pass for Cheap!

August 16, 2017

Do we have any National Park enthusiasts? We know you’re out there! That’s our parents up there in that photo at Mount Rushmore National Memorial with some of their grandkids. And as much as they don’t like…

Teaching kids love

Teaching Our Kids Love Conquers Hate

August 14, 2017

“Can you believe they’d hang a sign like that in an elementary school?!” my neighbor fumed. I was embarrassed to admit that I had a hard time noticing what was wrong with the sign. “Hate has…

The Only President to Marry in the White House

August 9, 2017

“Whatever you do, tell the truth.” Grover Cleveland If tabloids existed back in the 19th century, Grover Cleveland would have made all the covers. Cleveland was known for his honesty and even quickly rose through the…

How the Most Distrusted Man in America Became President

July 25, 2017

“No man ever entered the Presidency so profoundly and widely distrusted, and no one ever retired … more generally respected.” Alexander McClure Have you ever completely misjudged someone you didn’t really know? Maybe they had a…

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…

American Flag

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…

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