"These things don't go together. You must be a unified human being, either good or bad. You must diligently work either on your own reasoning or on things out of your control - take great care with the inside and not what's outside, which is to say, stand with the philosopher, or else with the mob!" -Epictetus, Discourses, 3.15.13 … [Read more...] about Thought of the Day
Texas has been ruled over by different countries and had different capitols throughout those years. There was a temporary capitol at San Felipe de Austin until it was moved. When Texas gained its independence on March 2, 1836 the first official capitol of the Republic of Texas was Washington on the Brazos. It remained the capitol of Texas for only three years before switching to a new city. The other cities chosen as capitols were Harrisburg, Galveston, Velasco, West Columbia, Houston and … [Read more...] about Texas History – How many Capitols has Texas had over the Centuries?
John F. Kennedy was an American politician who served as the 35TH President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. Notable events that occurred during his presidency included the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the establishment of the Peace Corps, the Space Race, the building of the Berlin Wall, the African-American Civil Rights Movement, and the increased U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. Kennedy was the … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump? John F. Kennedy
"Above all, it is necessary for a person to have a true self-estimate, for we commonly think we can do more than we really can." -Seneca, On Tranquility of Mind, 5.2 … [Read more...] about Thought of the Day
“In the 1850s the U.S. investigated ways to move military equipment over land to protect the California goldfields. Camel caravans were deemed a possible solution.” (pg.159) The Department of War proposed importing camels to use for military services. Camels have great stamina, they can go days without water, they could eat prickly plants along the road, and they can carry up to 900 pounds, it was for these reasons they thought the camel was a good option. In 1855, Congress designated $30,000 to … [Read more...] about Texas History-Operation Camel
Background Contrary to what many may think, the 1845 incorporation of Texas into the United States wasn’t a simple transition of authority. In fact, it was a part of a settlement agreement to end the Mexican-American War, which was resulting in mounting political pressures against the U.S. federal government. Much of the conflict started as a border dispute between the United States and Mexico. At the time, Mexico had large stretches of land that went through modern-day New Mexico and … [Read more...] about Texas History – The Purchase of Texas
There are few figures that have captured the American imagination as characters of justice, integrity and above all virtue. Most would go so far as to say that John McCain was one of them. Born in 1936 at the Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone, McCain grew up in a military culture and followed in his family’s footsteps by pursuing a career in the military. He was deployed to Vietnam and was a prisoner of war to the Viet Cong. After returning to the United States … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Champ or Chump? John McCain
Texas is larger than the combined area of France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Switzerland (roughly 268,597 sq. miles!). The length of Texas is around 790 miles, and it is nearly around 773 miles in width. So, if you are planning a little road trip around the Lone Star State, be prepared to travel 12+ hours, and bring lots of snacks! … [Read more...] about Texas Trivia – How big is Texas actually?
Who was Teddy Roosevelt? Most people know Teddy Roosevelt as a President of the United State. However, most people do not know that Teddy Roosevelt was home-schooled most of his life until he attended Harvard University. At Harvard, Teddy studied natural science and was very involved on campus. Soon after Teddy graduated, his father died and he inherited a great sum of money. With his inheritance, Teddy decided to attend Columbia Law School. While in law school, Teddy started to get involved in … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Champ or Chump? Teddy Roosevelt
In January 2020, the world was devastated to learn about the sudden and tragic death of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant due to a helicopter accident. The former shooting guard spent his career with the LA Lakers until his retirement in 2016. At the time of his death, Bryant’s incredible net worth was estimated at $600 million, thanks to his business dealings and his 20-year career in the NBA. As the second richest NBA player of all-time, behind Michael Jordan, Kobe’s estate plan is a subject of … [Read more...] about Famous Estates – Champ or Chump? Kobe Bryant