Confessions of a Blogger

As a blogger, I have a few things to confess.

  • I have reused old blog post.  It’s rare, but it has happened.
  • I think about blogging all the time.  As things happen during the day, I wonder if there is a story there that would make a good blog post.
  • I have embarrassed Gwen on several occasions, because I was taking pictures of her doing mundane things in public places.  What can I say?  I had a great idea for a blog post.

If you would like to make a confession, let me know in the comment section below.


Strangest Mascot Ever

According to the Oxford Dictionary, a mascot is “a person or thing that is supposed to bring good luck or that is used to symbolize a particular event or organization.”

I think Delta State University in Mississippi has the strangest mascot ever.  Their mascot is okra.  Why in the world would anyone want a slimy vegetable to symbolize their school?

What is the strangest mascot you ever heard about?  I am sure there are some really weird ones out there.


Restless Legs Syndrome

Today is Restless Legs Syndrome Awareness Day.  I know Restless Legs Syndrome sounds like some crazy made up disorder, but it is real.

My mother has dealt with Restless Legs Syndrome for over a decade and it does cause a great deal of pain and suffering.

I created this info-graph to explain the disorder and the treatment options.


The Indian Heritage of Americans


I was reading The Indian Heritage of Americans by John Franklin Phillips and I was struck by how much my European ancestors owe to the American Indians.

The early European settlers would have died of starvation.  They were ill prepared to farm the land and had no idea what crops would grow in this country.  American Indians took pity on the strangers and taught them what and how to farm.  They saved the lives of countless people.

In some ways we even owe the American Indians for helping America establish a democratic form of government.  The American Indians were already using a form of democracy when the Europeans arrived.

A few of our founding fathers believed it was impossible to unite the colonies and form a united nation.  Benjamin Franklin disagreed and said:

It would be a strange thing if Six Nations of ignorant savages should be capable of forming a scheme of such a union and be able to execute it in such a manner, as that it has subsisted for ages, and appears indissoluble; and yet that a like union should be impracticable for ten or a dozen English colonies, to whom it more necessary and must be more advantageous, and whom cannot be supposed to want an equal understanding of their interest. 

Unfortunately, the generosity of the American Indians was not repaid with kindness.  The Europeans decided to annihilate them.

The American Indians had many great qualities and they are deserving of our respect.