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Walt Whitman Poems: This Dust Was Once the Man. The more familiar poem that is an ode to Lincoln’s death is Whitman’s O Captain! My Captain! Abraham Lincoln with Allan Pinkerton and Major General John Alexander McClernand at the Battle of Antietam. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This simpler poem, however, captures it all.   This Dust Was Once the Man   This dust was once the man, Gentle, plain, just and resolute, under whose cautious hand, Against the foulest crime in history known in any land or age, Was saved the Union of these States.   Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892) Related... (Read More ...)

What Will Be the Presidential Debate Topics? The Presidential Debates are now such a part of our national elections that they are closely watched as many people get their first sustained look at the Presidential candidates. Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard M. Nixon during the first televised U.S. presidential debate in 1960. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There will be three Presidential Debates this year: October 3, 2012: Domestic policy, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado October 16, 2012: Domestic and foreign policy, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York October 22, 2012:... (Read More ...)

Who Wrote the Uncle Remus Book? Joel Chandler Harris wrote down stories he heard from African-Americans, starting with his days as a teenager on a  Georgia plantation during the Civil War, that became a series of Uncle Remus books. Beloved by children for generations, at the time they were notable for Harris’s attempt to write down the dialect of the story-tellers. It is perhaps no surprise that my husband, born and bred in Georgia, should have a dog-eared copy of a book written by an Atlanta Constitution editor. My husband’s copy of Uncle Remus Stories is copyrighted 1947, when he was... (Read More ...)

My Great-Grandfather’s Name Was Abraham. Both my uncle on my mother’s side and my grandfather on my father’s side gathered extensive family genealogical records. This year, to celebrate my 65th birthday, my Texas-based brothers decided to gather their families with mine near Boston, where one of my sons lives. During the week, we drove to Guilderland Center, near where my father was born in Schenectady, New York. Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There is an historic house, the Mynderse-Frederick House, there that used to belong to a... (Read More ...)

Abraham Lincoln My mother chose my first name, Carol, so there would be no derivatives. Perhaps, it was because her name, Elizabeth, had so many derivatives – Liz, Liza, Beth, Ellie, Bett, Betsy, and the one she settled on, Betty. She took a lie detector test once and the technician, to get a baseline reading, asked her, “Is your name Betty.” “No.” He turned off the machine. She explained, “My name is Elizabeth. People call me Betty. So, for me no cute or teasing playground names. No annoying rhyming names. I was not born near Christmas, so it was not related... (Read More ...)