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Tuskegee Airmen and the P51Mustang become “Red Tails”

Tuskegee Airmen and the P51Mustang become "Red Tails"

“The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps (AAC), a precursor of the U.S. Air Force. Trained at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama, they flew more than 15,000 individual sorties in Europe and North Africa during World War II. Their impressive performance earned them more than 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses; and helped encourage the eventual integration of the U.S. armed forces. SEGREGATION IN THE ARMED FORCES During the 1920s and ‘30s, the exploits of record-setting pilots like Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart had captivated the nation, and thousands of young men and women clamored to…
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Saluting those in black history about whom we may say, “Who?”

Saluting those in black history about whom we may say, “Who?”

“Oh, Miss Scarlett, I don’t know nuthin’ ’bout birthin’ babies”, Gone with the Wind, 1939. Thelma McQueen attended public school in Augusta, Georgia and graduated from high school in Long Island, New York. She studied dance with Katherine Dunham, Geoffrey Holder, and Janet Collins. She danced with the Venezuela Jones Negro Youth Group. The “Butterfly” stage name, which does describe her constantly moving arms, actually derives from dancing the “Butterfly Ballet” in a 1935 production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Her stage debut was in “Brown Sugar,” directed by George Abbott for whom she did several other stage shows. In 1939 she appeared as the…
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There is a reason February is Black History Month

There is a reason February is Black History Month

Be in the know… “Black History Month or National African American History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U. S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history. The story of Black History Month began…
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Let’s get this year started off right!

Let's get this year started off right!

One Simple Question You Should Ask Everyone You Meet -by Marc Chernoff “It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.”—The Invitation by Oriah  7 Billion Stories in the World I don’t care what you do or what you own.  I just want to know who you are.  I want to know your uniqueness, the experiences you’ve had and the lessons you’ve learned.  I want to know your story. What is your story?  Everyone has one.  And no two stories are exactly…
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Christmas Wish #5 Inspiration

Christmas Wish #5  Inspiration

Strongest Dad in the World  by Rick Reilly for Sports Illustrated “Eighty-five times Dick Hoyt pushed his disabled son, Rick, 26.2 miles in marathons. Eight times he’s not only pushed him 26.2 miles in a wheelchair but also towed him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while swimming and pedaled him 112 miles in a seat on the handlebars – all in the same day. Dick’s also pulled him cross-country skiing, taken him on his back mountain climbing and once hauled him across the U.S. on a bike. Makes taking your son bowling look a little lame, right? And what has Rick done…
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Christmas Gift #4 You don’t have to be a people pleaser.

Christmas Gift #4 You don't have to be a people pleaser.

“If you spend your life pleasing others, you spend your life.” ~Cheryl Richardson Looking back on my life, I came to realize that I spent quite a high amount of my precious time trying. Trying to be perfect. Trying to be appreciated and liked by everyone else around me. Trying to fit in with different groups of people so that I could feel accepted and approved. I can recall many situations in my life when I did things I didn’t really want to do to comfort or please others. I wanted people to like me. I expected them to give me the…
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Christmas Gift #3 Honoring Their Legacy

Christmas Gift #3 Honoring Their Legacy

My third gift to you this December is good news about seldom know contributions of WW II women pilots. When the U.S. was drawn into World War II, many citizens wanted to do anything they could to support the effort. It would take enormous air power to defeat the enemy in Europe and in the Pacific, and young men were answering the call in droves. Those unable to serve in the military took up the work on the home front, and women were needed to step outside of their traditional roles to fulfill the demand. The world would never be…
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Christmas Gift #2 Encouragement: From Sharecropper’s Daughter to Army General

Christmas Gift #2 Encouragement: From Sharecropper's Daughter to Army General

Clara Adams-Ender was born in Willow Springs, North Carolina in 1939, the fourth child of ten and grew up in a family of sharecroppers. Her parents were Caretha Bell Sapp Leach and Otha Leach.  She attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University earning her B.S. degree in nursing in 1961. After that Adams-Ender joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. She entered the service as a second lieutenant and received training at Brooke Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, Texas.   In 1963, she was assigned overseas, beginning as a staff nurse for the 121st evacuation hospital in the…
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Once Upon a Time 100 Years Ago

Once Upon a Time 100 Years Ago

“World War I is among the least documented wars of those covered by the Veterans History Project, and the number of collections relating its experiences is not likely to grow dramatically. Because all but a handful of WWI vets are no longer alive, oral history interviews are out of the question, so we must rely on the generosity of relatives and friends of deceased veterans to donate written accounts in letters, diaries, and memoirs, as well as precious collections of photographs. Every veteran has his or her own war, and each is the custodian of a unique story and memories. [1] …
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Loving and Being Loved: Self Compassion as a Pathway to Connection

Loving and Being Loved: Self Compassion as a Pathway to Connection

Many of us can probably remember a time when we fell madly in love, convinced that our beloved was our life’s crucial missing piece. Fiery for this new person, we believed that we must be with them in order to be happy! Of course, part of the human condition is the deep desire to be seen and loved. And so, when we are marinating in the hormone cocktail of serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine which fuel the early infatuation stage of the relationship, we are experiencing the very real effects of the “most addictive substance on earth.1” We are easily swept…
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