Category Archives: First Ladies

O, FOR HISTORY: Abraham “Jack” Lincoln II

Abraham and Mary Lincoln only had one of their four sons to live into maturity. Their eldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln (August 1, 1843 – July 26, 1926), would marry, celebrate the birth of three children, and prosper as an attorney, US … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: Nixon resigns

August 8, 1974, my family was vacationing in Myrtle Beach. I was in the pool that evening when Mother came to the rail of our second-floor motel room, “Darin!  Hurry!”  I am certain I asked the reason and an exchange of … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: A few interesting tidbits on the actual burning of The White House

I’ve known for many years that First Lady Dolley Madison did not personally save the large portrait of George Washington. This Washington Post article is a nice account of events. Canada didn’t burn the White House. And Dolley Madison needs … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: Art on The White House

I have a deep passion for presidential history and White House history.  I tripped across an old article of an artist’s take on various rooms in The White House. An Artist Visits The White House Past Another artist captured the Blue … Continue reading

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Bucket Lists…

When the movie, THE BUCKET LIST, came out in 2007, the title worked its way into our vernacular.  One friend, an art teacher nearing retirement, will comment on various photos I post on Facebook that she is adding another item … Continue reading

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Presidential Sites

I can never get enough of presidential or White House history.  97% of my Netflix rentals or instant watches are of documentaries – mostly having something to do with presidential or US History. This morning, I made a quick list … Continue reading

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LINCOLN: my reaction

I felt like a kid, tonight.  In fact, it felt like I had the excitement of all my birthdays and Christmases all combined. Quintin and I met Brian Pollock at The Greene to watch the movie I’ve waited several years … Continue reading

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Mock trial finds Mary Todd Lincoln was not insane

Mock trial finds Mary Todd Lincoln was not insane Re-enactment at presidential museum finds former first lady wrongfully committed By Jason Nevel Posted Oct 01, 2012 @ 10:44 PM SPRINGFIELD — Jurors in 1875 made the wrong choice in committing … Continue reading

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Visiting Presidential Sites…

Since I was very young, I’ve immersed myself in presidential history, and have loved visiting historical sites associated with our nation’s leaders.  Today, my friend, Jeff Carter, and I were discussing our bucket lists of places to visit, and I … Continue reading

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Morton: ‘Willie’ was second Lincoln child to die young

From The Northwest Herald… Morton: ‘Willie’ was second Lincoln child to die young

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Sam Waterston's Remarks at Monticello, July 4th, 2007

Sam Waterston�s Remarks at Monticello, July 4th, 2007 It’s wonderful to be here and a privilege, indeed, to congratulate you, the heroes of the moment in the great work of making and sustaining a government that derives its authority from … Continue reading

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Just a Thursday…

This morning had me hopping – doctor appointments, pick up prescriptions, and rush back home to teach a 10:30am lesson! Began the day with tons of energy, and by Noon, I was alternating between reading and napping. The heat, even … Continue reading

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We… Hold… These… Truths…

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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The Wright Connection: A musical journey

Although I am a passionate historian, I must admit that I was rather lazy in my study of Dayton history. Normally, I am on top of my historical surroundings, and learn as much as possible. However, when I moved to … Continue reading

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Sunday With The Lincolns…

4:00am found me wide awake this morning, but I managed to return to two more hours of sleep. After feeding Logan and Flyer, I settled down to write the morning’s entry on this blog site, and by 9:30am I was … Continue reading

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John Adams… the miniseries

JOHN ADAMS, the HBO miniseries. Continue reading

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John Adams

The day seemed to drag… I felt drained, and exhausted for no apparent reason. I accomplished little until it was time to teach – and that perked me up, greatly. Jackson Lockhart came to pick up Sophie from her lesson, … Continue reading

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From The First Lady…

A Mother’s Day message from First Lady Michelle Obama… (from WhiteHouse.Gov) Dear Friend, There’s no way I could ever measure all that my own mother has done for me. She is my rock. She pushes me to be the best … Continue reading

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"Happy Birthday, President Truman!"

As a child, my grandmother frequently reminded me that she shared a birthday with President Truman, and that her 21st birthday was dually celebrated with VE Day! So here is a birthday tribute to one of my favorite presidents (don’t … Continue reading

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New photo of Mrs. Lincoln….

I discovered this photo of Mary Todd Lincoln. I had never seen this photograph, supposedly taken in Springfield, 1860.

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…Vote For The WRIGHT BROTHERS…

Vote for the Wright Brothers to represent the State of Ohio at the United States Capitol! From March 20 through June 12, 2010, Ohioans can cast their vote on who should be honored in Statuary Hall in the Capitol building … Continue reading

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"When Irish Eyes Are Smiling"

Last night, I sat propped up in bed like I was the King of England, typing away at my laptop resting on the hospital table (a great purchase so that I can work from bed in the mornings and late … Continue reading

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…Uncle Ted…

This morning I woke at 6:15am and pressed the On/Off button on the television’s remote control. There was a video showing the White House silhouetted against the rising sun… but the flag was lowered to half-mast. Within seconds my racing … Continue reading

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…Two Cathedrals…

This morning, while working at my desk on LOVE IS ETERNAL, a musical about Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln, I watched and listened to my all time favorite television program, THE WEST WING. This morning offered two episodes: the first … Continue reading

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Catching my breath…

I feel as though I am finally catching my breath for the first time in a month. Where do I begin? Well, I am vocal director for Beavercreek High School’s production, The Pajama Game. The director and I are up … Continue reading

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