Category: Barbara Pattee

All Love Is Created Equal

In 1958, Richard Loving drove his fiancé Mildred Jeter from their home in rural Central Point, Virginia to Washington, D.C. to get married. Then they returned to Virginia to live. A few weeks later, the county sheriff arrived in the middle of the night to arrest the couple for breaking the miscegenation laws.   Miscegenation, …

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October 6, 2016 Blog

“Life is always going to be stranger than fiction because fiction has to be convincing, and life doesn’t.” – Neil Gaiman “Passenger Jet Lands in the Hudson.” That “Miracle on the Hudson” headline filled the front pages of many newspapers, not the pages of a novel. I recently saw the movie “Sully,” which recreated U. …

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Trip of a Lifetime – Australia and New Zealand: Part 5

Tuesday, April 5: Our group gathered in the hotel lobby for a visit to a predominately Maori school, Kaitao Middle School in Rotorua. Kaitao is a recipient of Grand Circle Travel donations. Roger again acted as our chief for purposes of introductions. A few selected students and staff welcomed each of us with the traditional …

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The Trip of a Lifetime: Australia and New Zealand Part 3

Thursday, March 24: After a hot breakfast and a short coach ride, our tour group boarded the Great Adventures Catamaran for a ride to the Great Barrier Reef. Several of us chose not to snorkel at the reef and disembarked at Green Island. We rode in a glass bottom boat and took the Island Rainforest …

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Happy Anniversary, M & M’s®

There was complete silence in my classroom. All eyes were on me. The look of disappointment on the faces of the students was heartbreaking. “I’m sorry, children,” I said. “The principal is in charge.” The week before a planned party, our principal made an unexpected announcement over the PA system. “There will be no Christmas …

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