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Jackie Robinson : A different sort of try out

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In 1947, Jackie Robinson engineered the integration of professional sports in America by breaking the color barrier in baseball. Today is his birthday. Pivotal Moment in Spring Training During Spring Training in April of 1945, the Boston Red Sox held …

Happy 100th Birthday, Grandma Tubbs

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Meet Thelma Every year, at Christmas, we go home to Michigan to visit my wife’s family. And every year I get to see Grandma Tubbs, who lives with my in-laws. She moved in with Nicole’s mom and step-dad about 9 …

MLK Quotes

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“If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values – that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.” “A nation that continues year after year to spend more …

An Open Letter to Australia

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Dear Australia, First of all, I’d like to say that I have nothing but positive things to say about you. I’m impressed by the size of your country, which is also a continent. No other country can say that. That’s …

Reflections on Les Misérables :: Part 2 of 5 :: Why You Hate Javert

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Javert Javert is not the worst villain in the history of literature or cinema. And, frankly, with the way that Russell Crowe played him – with such woodenness that you wondered if he was channeling Hal-9000 channeling Ted Koppel channeling …

Like Father…

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One major benefit of having a family of in-laws that are alumni and current employees of the University of Michigan is the swag…

Reflections on Les Misérables :: Part 1 of 5 :: Fantine’s Terrible Sadness

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“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God.” – Jesus, in Matthew 5 “Heureux les miserables, car le royaume des cieux est à eux!” – Translation of Matthew 5 into French. The Single Best Moment …

Most Popular Blog Posts of 2012

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Every year, I look at the fascinating data provided to me by Google Analytics. Here are the Top 5 blog posts from the past year, based on total number of page views. 5. I Live on the Worst Street in …