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Will Rogers, pictured in Filmplay Journal, January 1922. (Public Domain image)

Historically Speaking: Will Rogers, prolific humorist and performer

Tom Morrow September 11, 2023
Today’s humorless “woke” culture makes it almost impossible for anyone to poke fun at anyone on the political spectrum without being shouted down by some portion of the population. That is to say, it’s a good thing Will Rogers isn’t tossing off his incisive barbs these days when so many folks search for reasons to be offended.
Gardening. (Photo by Anthony Wade via Unsplash)

EarthTalk: Fall prep key to spring garden success

Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss September 10, 2023
Preparing your garden in the fall is an important step to ensure it’s in ideal condition for the next spring. Depending on the size and scope of your garden, you might have a lot to do.
Julius Robert Oppenheimer is pictured in a 1944 Department of Energy photo. (National Archives Catalog)

Historically Speaking: Oppenheimer, ‘the destroyer of worlds’

Tom Morrow August 11, 2023
After more than a half century nearly forgotten in history books, the name of Julius Robert Oppenheimer, primarily responsible for the development of the atomic bomb, has been reintroduced to the public by way of a big-screen Hollywood film.
In the 1940s, movie star Hedy Lamarr was one of Hollywood’s most sought-after leading ladies. But away from the cameras, her passion for innovation spawned the wireless communication technology we take for granted today. (Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story)

Historically Speaking: The ‘world’s most beautiful inventor’

Tom Morrow July 9, 2023
For as much as she became known as “Hollywood’s most beautiful woman,” there was much more to the glamorous Hedy Lamarr than just her stunning good looks. Put it this way: without her, there might not be any of today’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and even smartphones as we know them ... not to mention her contribution to winning a world war.
Community. (Photo by Clay Banks via Unsplash)

Education Matters: The controversy over Diversity Equity Inclusion Belonging

Marsha Sutton July 8, 2023
We don’t give our kids enough credit. Give them the chance to learn our country’s history, which is both inspirational and disturbing, and have faith that they can be critical thinkers who can be empowered to participate fully and intelligently in shaping America’s future. Students want this, teachers want this, and communities need this.
Oceanside firefighters work to control a brush fire near West Coast Growers in 2015. (OsideNews file photo by Steve Marcotte)

EarthTalk: Is it really a good idea to use controlled burns to prevent wildfires?

Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss June 24, 2023
Burning parcels of land intentionally, known as controlled burning, has long been a controversial practice aimed at reducing the risk of larger uncontrolled wildfires.
Unity pride flag. (Photo by BrutallyHonestFREE via Pixabay)

Education Matters: Carlsbad Unified’s betrayal of the LGBTQ+ community 

Marsha Sutton June 14, 2023
As we move into summer, where policies about flying Pride and other flags will be developed and debated, I fully expect that the final Carlsbad Unified School District policy will prohibit all flags except the U.S. and California flags. I hope I’m proven wrong.
Performer and philanthropist Danny Thomas founded St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 1962. (St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital photo)

Historically Speaking: Danny Thomas, a man behind the fight against cancer

Tom Morrow June 3, 2023
For television viewers, the name “Danny Thomas” appears on-screen at least once daily. The name appears during St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital commercials in a plea for donations. You’ll see his name on the side of the hospital building as “Danny Thomas, Founder.”
Election Day. (Photo by Element5 Digital, Unsplash)

Education Matters: Digesting an affront to voter rights

Marsha Sutton May 17, 2023
When a governing body chooses someone who aligns most closely with their own and their superintendent’s personal priorities, but who doesn’t necessarily reflect the concerns of constituents, it is a tainted appointment.
Peace in nature. (Photo by Sage Friedman via Unsplash)

Living Creatively: Experience peace through nature

Barbara Basia Koenig May 10, 2023
After any difficult time in our life, it helps to do things that get us back to a place of peace and quiet, one that gives us space to begin healing and restoration. To feel whole and well again, perhaps we can take a few moments each day to rewind our thoughts.
A Sears catalog cover from the early 1960s. (Goodwill image)

Historically Speaking: The nation’s first mail order general stores

Tom Morrow May 10, 2023
Before there were roads connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific and Mexico to Alaska, you could buy goods delivered via railroad freight and/or the U.S. mail. This was more than a century before the Internet, all courtesy of the mail-order catalogs of the Montgomery Ward and Sears & Roebuck companies. It was the Amazon of yesteryear.
Tom Morrow, then a young writer from Iowa, at the worlds largest Buddha in Japan. (Tom Morrow photo)

Historically Speaking: Confessions of a writer

Tom Morrow April 16, 2023
Each of us has or will experience a good amount of history as life takes us from one day to the next. Do an assessment of your own life ... you might be surprised.
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