A war hero’s “Unbroken” bond with his biographer.


If you’ve followed my previous postings, I’m finishing up the audio book, ‘Unbroken’. I can’t get enough about this man’s life story. Thanks to a friend, we have this video from CBSNews which highlights Louis Zamperini and the author of ‘Unbroken’, Laura Hillenbrand. You can Google Louis Zamperini and find oodles of more information about him.


John F. Kennedy would have turned 95 years old today

John F. Kennedy would have turned 95 years old today. This photograph from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum shows him in Hyannis Port on Cape Cod with his brothers and sisters in 1928.

(To see more pictures of JFK as a child and as a young man, go to http://ourpresidents.tumblr.com/post/23996301152/on-this-day-president-john-f-kennedy-was-born)

What do you find most inspiring about the life President Kennedy?

Currently listening to . . . ‘Unbroken’

We took a trip to FL this past weekend and my husband and I started the following audiobook, ‘Unbroken’ by Laura Hillenbrand (also the author of ‘Seabiscuit’).

 It has been an amazing story and we have about 4 hours left to finish it up.

 I was familiar with Louis Zamperini and that he was an Olympian and that he served in WWII but had no clue about the torture he faced as a POW. The story is an emotional journey for the listener (or reader) and his time as a POW is not for the faint of heart.

The following link will take you to an article from the Wall Street Journal published in November 2010 prior to the book being published (2011).

 I encourage you to read the article and then click on the Interactive Graphics tab for a timeline feature.

Alabama’s Last Daughter of the Confederacy

Alabama’s Last Daughter of the Confederacy

The death of Norma Vivian Smith of Cullman, Alabama in January, at age 89, marked an end to the list of living daughters of Confederate veterans in Alabama. Smith’s father, Private Thomas Jefferson Denney, who was botn in 1843, served in Company H of the 31st Alabama Infantry. Captured on June 15, 1864 at Marietta, Ga., he was sent to the prisoner of war camp at the Rock Island Barracks in Illinois. He was about 22 when he signed the oath of allegiance, and was released on June 18, 1865. He survived until 1934, and Smith’s mother, Dora, was Denney’s fourth wife. According to the United Daughters of the Confederacy, there are 16 first daughters still living.

Civil War Times. June 2012, p 15.


The University of Virginia’s Center for Digital History has created an interactive website that demonstrates the power of GIS for everyday users. “VisualEyes” www.viseyes.org includes maps, images, charts, and text that enable the exploration, for example, of Thomas Jefferson’s travels in Europe, or the study of patters of slave ownership in Texas.

Source: American Heritage Magazine, Winter/Spring 2012. Volume 62, No. 1