When “OK” Became Kewl

This is too good to ignore. On this day in 1839, the term “OK” became part of United States vernacular. It stands for “oll korrect,” a popular misspelling of “all correct.” As kiddos today use “kewl” for “cool” and “DZ” and “these,” young folks back then did the same kind of thing. Go figure. The…

This Day in History: Laura Ingalls Wilder Dies

Famous storyteller of 19th-century prairie life, Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote the Little House children’s series. On this day in 1957, Wilder died in Mansfield, Missouri. She was 90 years old. I’m working my way through her books. They are a delight no matter how old you are. If you ever watched the “Little House on…

Photo Friday: February is Black History Month

Whether or not you’ve seen the movie Hidden Figures, you need to know about Katherine Johnson (1918-2020). She was a NASA mathematician whose calculations helped astronaut Alan Shepard become the first American to reach space. Her work also played a crucial role in John Glenn’s successful orbit of the Earth during the Friendship 7 mission.

Photo Friday: Fall of Berlin Wall

December 9 was the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. These section are in front of the Topography of Terror history museum in Berlin.

What You Might Not Know about Thanksgiving Day (U.S.)

Take a break from your holiday preparations and soak up some fun Thanksgiving trivia. Use these to steer the dinner conversation away from politics! The pilgrims didn’t eat turkey at the first Thanksgiving. Instead, the menu consisted of duck, eel, fish, goose, lobster, venison, and oysters. Yum. They also likely ate pumpkins and cranberries, but…