a Motto

Ama Nesciri

Love to be unknown, and to be valued as nothing. This will be more beneficial and useful than to be praised by other people.

-Thomas à Kempis.


Today in History – September 25

Novelist William Faulkner was born in New Albany, Mississippi, on September 25, 1897. He spent much of his youth in Oxford where his father was employed as the secretary and then business manager for the University of Mississippi. The past is never dead. It’s not even past. From Requiem for a Nun, Act I, Scene … Continue reading “Today in History – September 25”

Florida Supreme Court: $300K Total Liability Cap for School Shooting Victims

Crosses and flowers hang on a fence outside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, near Parkland, Fla., in this file photo. —Brynn Anderson/AP September 25, 2020 Tallahassee, Fla. The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a school district can’t be forced to pay more than $300,000 total to the victims or their families in the … Continue reading “Florida Supreme Court: $300K Total Liability Cap for School Shooting Victims”

Today in History – September 24

Writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, best known for his classic American novel The Great Gatsby, was born on September 24, 1896, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Named for his distant cousin Francis Scott Key, author of the “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Fitzgerald was descended, on his father’s side, from a long line of Marylanders. His mother, Mary McQuillan, … Continue reading “Today in History – September 24”

Today in History – September 23

Mary Church Terrell—educator, political activist, and first president of the National Association of Colored Women—was born on September 23, 1863, in Memphis, Tennessee. An 1884 graduate of Oberlin College External, America’s first college to admit women and amongst the first to admit students of all races, Terrell was one of the first American women of … Continue reading “Today in History – September 23”

School district scrambles to find substitute teachers

September 23, 2020 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida school district is scrambling to find substitute teachers after a large number of full-time teachers chose to stay home as students returned to brick and mortar classes for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began. The Palm Beach County school district said 944 … Continue reading “School district scrambles to find substitute teachers”

Today in History – September 22

On September 22, 1862, partly in response to the heavy losses inflicted at the Battle of Antietam, President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, threatening to free all the enslaved people in the states in rebellion if those states did not return to the Union by January 1, 1863. The extent of the Proclamation’s … Continue reading “Today in History – September 22”

Vote expected on staggered reopening of Miami-Dade schools

September 22, 2020 MIAMI (AP) — Florida’s largest school district is proposing to have all willing students back in classrooms by Oct. 7, but a final vote was delayed by more than 18 hours of public comment. The Miami-Dade County School District proposed to have a staggered reopening of school buildings following the coronavirus pandemic. … Continue reading “Vote expected on staggered reopening of Miami-Dade schools”

Today in History – September 21

On September 21, 1595, Don Juan de Oñate’s petition and contract for the conquest of New Mexico was presented to Luís de Velasco, the viceroy of Nueva Vizcaya.  Already a wealthy and prominent man, he sought to turn the Indians’ wealth into his own and had requested the assignment after hearing rumors about golden cities … Continue reading “Today in History – September 21”

Today in History – September 20

On September 20, 1853, Elisha Graves Otis sold his first “hoist machines,” or elevators, featuring an automatic safety brake that he had recently patented. His seemingly simple invention—guaranteed to stop a rising platform from falling if the ropes that held it broke—not only launched Otis’s business, but made possible the development of passenger elevators. Elevators … Continue reading “Today in History – September 20”

Today in History – September 19

On September 19, 1819, English poet John Keats, inspired by the beauty of the changing season, wrote “To Autumn,” External a three-stanza ode to the splendor, bounty, and melancholy of fall. Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they? Think not of them, thou hast thy music too… John Keats, “To Autumn” Trees. … Continue reading “Today in History – September 19”