Happy Birthday Alabama

I went to an exhibit at the Huntsville Botanical Garden honoring the 200th birthday of Alabama.  It gave a brief overview of our history and a look at what is in store for Alabama in the future.

1700 to 1815 – Europeans explored the area and disrupted the sovereignty of the Indian nations.

1815 to 1860 – Alabama was a rugged frontier, but during this time period it changed to an ante-bellum society.

1860 to 1875 – The Civil War raged throughout Alabama.  It divided families and communities.

1875 to 1940 – Alabama saw a period of massive growth due to iron and coal mining.  This opened the way for a boom in higher education.

1940 to 1965 – Alabama went thorough a cultural transformation due to WWII and the Civil Rights movement.

1965 to 1990 – Rocket scientist from Germany moved to Alabama.  They helped create the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville.  NASA and other government agencies set up locations in Alabama.

1990 and Beyond –  Alabama has a diverse and global reach that will help it succeed well into the future.


Shark Attacks of 1916


This book is about a series of shark attacks that occurred around New Jersey in 1916.  It covers the events by looking at multiple aspects of what happened and what might have caused a rouge shark to behave in such a manner.

The author gives a brief and easy to understand description of the evolution and biology of sharks.  It looks at what makes the shark unique and its place as an apex predator in the ecosystem. 

The author also explains what was happening in history during the early 1900s and the societal norms of the time.  This was a time of change and more people were entering the ocean for leisure than had ever done before in American history.

One of the most gripping parts of the book was how the author delved into the personal lives of each of the victims.  He talked about their family history, their work or school career, and the long term effects each attack had surviving family members.

This was an interesting and educational book to read.  I found it riveting and would highly recommend it.


National Tattoo Day

Today is National Tattoo Day, so I have some advice for your first tattoo.

  • You get what you pay for
  • Find something meaningful to you
  • Never get a tattoo while under the influence 
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions
  • Don’t get a tattoo because of peer pressure 
  • Follow the aftercare instructions 
  • Start small
  • Carefully consider the placement of your tattoo
  • Enjoy the experience 

How to Know Yourself

Questions to help you get to know yourself.

  • What makes you happy?
  • What do you hate doing?
  • What are you afraid of doing?
  • What accomplishments make you proud?
  • How do you want to be remembered?
  • How can you make the world a better place? 
  • What are your core values? 
  • Who are your role models? 
  • What can you learn form your failures? 
  • For what are you thankful?
  • What do you dislike about yourself?
  • What do you like about yourself? 
  • What are you life goals? 


Rules for a Better Life

These are my rules for a better life.

  • Be polite 
  • Take time to enjoy the little things
  • Keep your promises 
  • Smile more
  • Be grateful 
  • Do your best 
  • Don’t compare yourself to others
  • Get enough sleep
  • Always be learning 
  • Be humble 
  • Admit your mistakes 
  • Forgive yourself and others 
  • Be helpful 
  • Spend time with family and friends
  • Live within your means 
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle 
  • Be honest 
  • Pay attention to the world around you
  • Listen to people