A Once in 350 Years Opportunity

French carpenter Gaspard Boucher of the town Mortagne in the province of Perche landed in Quebec in 1634 or 1635. His oldest son Pierre was thirteen. Gaspard worked for Jesuits on their farm at Notre-Dame-des-Anges. Pierre received his education from the Jesuits. When Pierre was fifteen years old, he went to live with the Jesuits […]

Celebrating the 4th of July a Century Ago

In thinking about what to write about the 4th of July, I decided to scour the Library of Congress for photos of Americans celebrating Independence Day. Soon I realized that several of the photos I found were approximately a century ago. For example, here is a scene from a 4th of July parade in Alaska […]

The Gift of Gumption

When you think about what you want to teach your children, don’t forget about good ole gumption. By gumption I don’t mean Merriam Webster’s first definition of “common sense,” but the second: initiative and enterprise. Think of ole Noah Webster himself. There was a man with gumption. He created a dictionary all by himself — before […]