Some More Reading for Martin Luther King Day

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Today, I planned on looking at Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, but in terms of the civil rights leader’s views as an anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist. However, it turns out that many others had the same idea. What more could I add?

At the very least, I would like to share a number of the articles I found, as most were published today. Then I would like to talk about why this underrated aspect of MLK is so important in this day and age.

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Labor Day 2017: Four Work-Related Articles

Labor Day, working hard, work smart, productivity

This year, I wanted to share a few links for Labor Day. Recently, I have come across some links with a work theme. I came across one while working on my latest Famous Sayings post (#77 — Working Hard or Hardly Working). Another article led to yet another and a blog post.

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Why Do We Use Fireworks on the Fourth of July?

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How did fireworks become a fixture in the United States? And in particular, why are they in heavy use on the Fourth of July?

Well, in order to answer the question, we must look at the history of fireworks. The history of fireworks is commonly traced back to ancient China.

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I Want to Commemorate Juneteenth

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It’s June 19 where I am, so I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about the holiday known as Juneteenth in the United States.

Unfortunately, Juneteenth is rarely discussed overall, although it is a paid holiday in Texas and it is celebrated in 45 states.

In all honesty, I never knew about this holiday until I read about it in a newspaper after I had graduated high school. In history books, the Emancipation Proclamation was cited as marking the end of slavery. Nary was there a mention of Juneteenth.

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Some Reading for Martin Luther King Day


So, today is Martin Luther King Day in the United States. The national holiday is celebrated on the third Monday in January. The way the holiday is set up now allows it to coincide with MLK’s birthday, which is on the 15th but the holiday was originally set on the fourth Monday in January.

The holiday is recognized to some degree in all 50 states, but it took until 2000 for it to be recognized at all the in state of Arizona (What gives? Don’t you want another day off?)

According to, some states recognize Martin Luther King Day along with other holidays.

  • In Arizona and New Hampshire, the day is combined with Civil Rights Day.
  • Idaho recognizes Human Rights Day.
  • Wyoming recognizes the day as Wyoming Equality Day.
  • Some states celebrate it along with Robert E. Lee’s birthday …

Anyway, I thought I would use this space to talk about a few articles I found today.

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“Only Give What You Want Most.”

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Have you heard someone tell you to “Only give what you want most”?

Since it is the first day of Winter and we are getting closer to Christmas and the beginning of Hanukkah (nod to my readers who celebrate the holidays), I wanted to look into this idea for one of my featured posts. However, it doesn’t look like this is a famous saying at all, although I’ve heard of it.

This is a stupid little rant but please bear with me. I’m talking part in Write Anything Wednesday, doggone-it!

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In Observance of Veterans Day 2016

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This has been a difficult year and week to be certain. Many Americans are decrying the result of the presidential election, which is understandable. But I wanted to take the time to observe Veteran’s Day and learn more about it.

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