Book Review: James Loewen’s Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

It's always been stunning to me how much American history is left OUT of our history books, though I'm not so naïve as to wonder at the reasons -- there are many and most are predictable. But when I've asked people if they knew how Hawaii became a state or why Puerto Rico is not....

Dad’s Birthday, the Power of Positive Thinking & Some Perspectives Offered

Today was my late father’s birthday and I feel down. He’d be 84 today. Dad loved books and especially ones like Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking. He and I disagreed on much, including this type of book. But in honor of his birthday, I reread this book and am going to write a few words on it. However, true to form, just because I read it in honor and memory of my father doesn’t mean I’m going to treat this with kid’s gloves.