Category Stories

Girls & Boys Town

In 1917, Father Edward J. Flanagan, a Roman Catholic priest and Irish immigrant, borrowed $90 from a friend to open a home for wayward boys in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. Flanagan had worked with down-and-out men who were often too lost to change. He saw that the problem needed to be addressed at the root, when […]

Colin Powell Biography

We will be posting stories and articles about the great Colin Powell, so we wanted to start with a short biography. Colin Powell Biography Courtesy of colinpowell.net Early Years Colin Powell was born April 5, 1937 to Luther and Maud Powell. Luther and Maud were Jamaicans who immigrated to the United States. Born in Harlem, Colin would […]

Originally posted on The Jamestown Comet.:
Deer In Headlines By Gery L. Deer Probably the most famous photo of Truman. (Photo by W. Eugene Smith//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images) I’ve always been interested in politics and, given how public I am in some ways it’s not unexpected to have people come up to me and ask…

Jason McElwain: Boy with Autism Wins the Game

On Saturday night, March 4th, at Rochester’s Blue Cross Arena, the Greece Athena basketball team won the Class AA high school basketball title with a 54-51 win over Irondequoit. Steve Kerr broke a 51-51 tie with 20 seconds to go, connecting on a three pointer. Afterward, team manager Jason McElwain said it’s his “dream come […]

It’s not all doom and gloom: positive characteristics of Generation Y

Originally posted on changing my mind:
Media coverage about Generation Y tends to be negative. Young people are made out to be feckless, workshy; their heads full of pipe dreams and their mouths full of double-negatives. This is not reflective of the young people I come into contact with. Tamara Erickson’s article on the characteristics…

How Well Off We Are Compared to the 80% Impoverished

If you woke up this morning with more health than  illness, you are more blessed than the million who won’t survive the week. If you have never experienced the danger of  battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture  or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 20 million people  around the world. […]

The Sack Lunches

I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight. ‘I’m glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will get a short nap,’ I thought. Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats, […]