Meet Norton I Emperor of the United States of America

It was 1859 and a San Francisco resident, Joshua Abraham Norton, proclaimed himself “Norton I, Emperor of the United States” and “Protector of Mexico” with this written proclamation: At the peremptory request and desire of a large majority of the citizens of these United States, I, Joshua Norton, formerly of Algoa Bay, Cape of Good Hope, and now for the…

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The Decay of American Culture Illustrated by Google 2015 Search Trends

It seems that every generation in the United States perceives that the present situation is the worst it has ever been. People have been talking about how corrupt, sinful and immoral society is since before the founding of our country. This is true of other nations as well. There seems to be this built-in perception that society is in a…

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How to Spot an American Tourist When You’re Traveling Abroad

The United States, like everywhere in the world, has its own way of doing things. This includes how we speak, interact with others and the cultural and social norms we admire and those we find odd. Having been all over the world and seen thousands of my fellow countrymen checking out the latest and greatest many different corners of the…

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3 Trees in Virginia Tell Stories of Slavery, Faith and Freedom

Having lived most of my life in southwestern Virginia, I have a big place in my heart for this area of the United States. Being one of the first areas settled by Europeans coming into the “new world”, Virginia has a storied past and a rich history. It’s the place where George Washington’s Continental Army and their French allies defeated…

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Geronimo – Legend of the Last Apache Warrior

Growing up in the Gila (pronounced Heela) River valley of southern Arizona, my childhood was filled with the stories of famous Apache chiefs and warriors who once roamed the land. I loved the fact that as I rode my horse across the open desert, played among the ancient dwellings, and followed the trails etched into the mountains, that I was…

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