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Patriot Day

On September 11, 2001, four planes were hijacked. The hijackers then deliberately flew three of the planes into two important buildings, the Pentagon in Washington DC and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York. The fourth crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The loss of life and damage that these hijackings caused form the biggest act of terrorism ever on United States soil. Nearly 3000 people died in the attacks and the economic impact was immense.

The attacks have greatly increased attention to national security in the United States. This has had huge implications for United States national and international politics. This is particularly true for the relationships between the United States and Islamic countries in the Middle East.

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9 September 2013 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 10 Sep

Word of the Week: "charlatan"

1. : quack 2
2. : one making usually showy pretenses to knowledge or ability : fraud, faker

8 September 2013 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 09 Sep

Constitution Day

On September 17, 1787 the Constitution of the United States was signed by our Founding Fathers. This document is now revered all over the world.

In 2004 Senator Robert Byrd passed a bill designating September 17th as "Constittution Day". The bill also requires that all institutions which receive federal funds must host an educational program to honor the day. To learn more about Constitution Day follow the link below:

To get your own FREE constitution downloaded to your phone visit this site:

The Daughters of the American Revolution (Mary Tyler Chapter) have created a display on exhibit in the UT Tyler Muntz Library. All are welcome to come view it at their leisure.

4 September 2013 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 05 Sep

Word of the Week: "adversity"

a state, condition, or instance of serious or continued difficulty or adverse fortune

2 September 2013 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 03 Sep

5oth Anniversary of "I Have a Dream" Speech

Today is the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. I was only 4 months old when he delivered the speech, but it seems as if I can remember it crystal clear. Of course I realize it's really because of how often the speech has been played since that day. Dr. King's speech is one of the most memorable speeches in the world. This speech still has impact on us today. We are still waiting for the whole dream to materialize. Dr. King was a man filled with love for humanity and love for freedom and justice. He sacrificed his ALL for a cause which he believed in.

A few years ago, I was honored with an MLK Humanitarian award. I reveal this not to boast, but to share. The award was given to me by the oldest Black Baptist Church in my hometown. I will always cherish it because of what it stands for. I still find it amazing to be considered worthy of being connected to an individual as awe inspiring as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was one of the most humbling experiences of my life.

As you go about your day today, think about persons in your life that are promoting Dr. King's dream. Let them know that you appreciate their concern humanity. Let them know their love is showing. Let them know that they inspire you!

If you would like to revisit the "I Have a Dream" speech, click on the link below.

27 August 2013 (All day) to 30 August 2013 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 28 Aug

Book Review

Lexi Smart wakes up one morning with a headache and finds that three years of her life have vanished! To add to her woes, she has also lost the two things in her past life that she valued most: her friends and her flat.

From the first page, the reader is captured. Sophie Kinsella’s "Remember Me" includes all the ingredients hopeless romantics love: a pretty protagonist; a handsome hero type; elegant living and mild adventure.

Lexi starts out as a very conventional young lady who is not happy with her routine life. She has a low paying job, a boyfriend we immediately want her to drop. Even his name is fitting – “Loser Dave”. Yes, it’s cheesy. Yes, it’s pretty predictable. You may even officially classify it as a “girly book”, but it is enjoyable.
The author has again pleased her fans with "Remember Me".

26 August 2013 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 27 Aug

Word of the Week: "ambidextrous"

1: using both hands with equal ease
2: unusually skillful : versatile
3: characterized by duplicity : double-dealing

25 August 2013 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 26 Aug

Word of the Week

: the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for

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11 August 2013 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 12 Aug

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is coming! This event will be celebrated September 22nd through the 28th. Banned Books Week is a week long event celebrating our freedom to read. It is backed by the American Library Association (ALA). Look for more on this event later!

11 August 2013 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 12 Aug

Book Review

Harold Fry is a very average, retired, British man. There is nothing exciting or out of the ordinary about him. In fact, if anything, his extreme ordinariness is the only thing that screams at the reader in the first chapters. Rachel Joyce's "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry", reveals to the world that we all can have an impact and make a mark in this world, if we follow our hearts.

The book starts with Harold sitting at the table having a most dull breakfast – toast. His (just as ordinary) nagging wife interrupts his thoughts with an announcement of, “Post!” signifying that he has mail. The letter is from Queenie Hennessy, a friend he has not heard from in years. It is this letter, which causes a shift in the story. Queenie announces in the letter that she is dying.

Harold writes a reply to the letter and then decides to walk to the post office to mail it. After passing a few post offices and speaking with people along the way, (in particular a young woman at a service station) Harold is inspired to walk to see his friend. He asks her to wait until he arrives. Harold is about to take a six hundred mile walk!

It is quite likely that after reading "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry", readers will be inspired to stop and “smell the roses” along the way.

11 August 2013 (All day)
Published by aravenell3 on 12 Aug