The Vietnam War: Three Life Lessons Learned

Photo by Tom Fisk There are, indeed, no winners or losers in a war. War ushers out the best and worst in humanity.  As we watch a mini T.V. series about the Vietnam War, it is a masterpiece. If you like History or War documentaries, a Vietnam war mini-series is one suggestion to add to your watch…

Learning About Toponymy: How Place Names Evolve

Monique Elias’s Faces and Places in the World is a lovely book for children to learn more about geography and place names, which led me to discover more about toponymy. Derived from the Greek words topos and onoma, meaning “region” and “to name,” respectively, toponymy is the study of place names, how they evolved throughout the years, where they came…

Life Hack: 6 Things To Do When You Are Feeling Discouraged

Photo by Quintin Gellar We would not appreciate the highs if we did not experience the lows. We all deal with discouragement at some point in our life. It is part of what makes the human experience rich—the highs and the lows.   Discouragement, disappointment, failure, and setbacks—are all things that can aid us if we…

California Gold Rush And The Start Of California Industry

Photo by I Love Pixel California’s pre-gold-rush economy was certainly rudimentary. Some historians have gone further, arguing that it was stagnant.  James W. Marshall, the construction overseer of a sawmill at Sutter’s Mill in California territory, literally struck gold on January 8, 1848. James’ discovery of trace specks of the valuable metal at the bottom…

Five Black Architects That Shaped America’s Architectural Legacy

Photo by Ryan Morris These architects’ expertise, talent, and diligence undeniably laid the groundwork for today’s Black design professionals. And we are here to give our respects in honor of these people. Black architects in this day and age were the fruit of the continuous fight for equality in the socio-political change in America. These…