Diving into the Constitution: Amendments XXIV through XXVI

I came of age in the 1960s and lived through the events described here with growing understanding and passionate involvement. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK was shot and when the lunar landing was televised. I voted for the first time in 1969. My children were born in 1973.… Continue reading Diving into the Constitution: Amendments XXIV through XXVI

Diving into the Constitution: Amendments XXII and XXIII

  Welcome to this week's blog post. We are moving into the modern era with World War II and the post-war period. By this era, the Constitution for the United States of America had endured more than 150 years - quite an accomplishment! Nevertheless, our leaders were still making changes to the "Law of the… Continue reading Diving into the Constitution: Amendments XXII and XXIII

Diving into the Constitution: Amendments XX and XXI

Friends, this post is a long one. So much happened between 1920 and 1940 to change our country from a democratically-elected Republic to a socialist, controlled economy that I can only scratch the surface here. If you have been following this series, you will recognize that the changes made under the New Deal were like… Continue reading Diving into the Constitution: Amendments XX and XXI

Diving into the Constitution: Amendments XVI through XIX

  More than 40 years elapsed (1870-1913) between the ratifications of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Amendments. Much changed in America. The Industrial Revolution took hold, the cities grew, and the Democrat and Republican parties were established as the main forces on the American political landscape. Behind the scenes, however, were two much more powerful developments,… Continue reading Diving into the Constitution: Amendments XVI through XIX

Diving into the Constitution: Amendments XI and XII

In the last post, I discussed how the Congress passed and submitted to the States in 1789 twelve Amendments to the Constitution for the United States. Ten of these Amendments were ratified effective December 15, 1791 and became known as the Bill of Rights. The next two Amendments came relatively shortly thereafter: the Eleventh Amendment… Continue reading Diving into the Constitution: Amendments XI and XII

Stuck Inside

During the cold winter months – and especially when the roads are icy and covered with snow – it’s hard to get outside to walk or hike, cycle, play sports, and so forth. Shoveling and spreading ice melt is certainly a form of exercise, but most of us would prefer something a little more enjoyable.… Continue reading Stuck Inside

Gifts from the Heart

Many of you may be familiar with Dr. Gary Chapman’s book, “The Five Love Languages”. In it, he explains that each of us has a different way of feeling loved. He outlines five love language categories and says that these hold true across all ages, genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds. I have a very special sixth… Continue reading Gifts from the Heart

#diylife

My favorite hashtag is #diylife. It is a standard, a motto, a declaration, a goal, a cause. It is the perfect description of my personal lifestyle and the support I offer to others. It encompasses empowerment, individuality, freedom (not license, but individual liberty exercised responsibly in a civilized society), and accountability to self and others.… Continue reading #diylife

MONEY!

You KNEW I had to talk about finances as the New Year begins! Wellness definitely includes a sense of confidence when it comes to finances, but many people think they just can’t make headway so they give up trying and then have some level of constant stress in mind, body, and spirit related to money… Continue reading MONEY!