We all know who Martin Luther King Jr. is. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) Today is the Federal holiday devoted to him. His most famous speech is “I have a dream.” He gave countless speeches. My favorite quote is in the illustration below. Let us celebrate his life and mourn his assassination. May his light live on.

This link shares more quotes from his speeches: https://www.weareteachers.com/martin-luther-king-quotes/



Sunday night and Monday morning the moon will be in rare form. A full moon—the Cold Moon. A Super Moon—the moon is closer to Earth than usual. And a lunar eclipse—the Earth moves between the Moon and the Sun. Get your cameras out!

The Cherokee also call the full moon, Cold Moon, Unolvtani, ᎤᏃᎸᏔᏂ. Wonder why? They perform the Cold Moon Dance. They also celebrate the arrival of the Sun’s Daughter—the morning Star—AKA Venus.

Conspiracy buffs claim that Minoans sailed from the island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea to the New World about 3,000 years ago. They even got as far as Kentucky and Tennessee. Interesting, but there were bunches of Indians around, my ancestors some of them. The artifacts are a little hard to prove, but I would be more impressed if the writing could be translated. (the Minoans’ language remains a mystery) Others have found a statistical similarity between the mitochondrial DNA (maternal DNA) between ancient Minoans and certain Indian tribes, especially the Cherokee. Let’s wait and see, but there are other reasons for the DNA.

One photo is of a supposed Minoan artifact from Drake Mound, Fayette County, Kentucky. The other photo is possible Minoan writing on the Bat Creek Stone, Loudon County, Tennessee. Judge for yourself—I remain the skeptic. (But I might have fun writing about it)

Barnard b (GJ 699 b) is a recently discovered Super-Earth planet orbiting Barnard’s Star, the 2nd nearest star to Earth. Barnard’s Star is a red dwarf, a cold star, so the surface of Barnard b is -238 F. Its year is 233 days, and it may harbor life under the ice.

The star is only 6 light years away, so pack your bags (bring some warm clothes). Send me some postcards. I am staying home, but I will write about it.


Release Date Announced

Stone Man
By Charles Suddeth
Print ISBN 9781939844620
EBook ISBN 9781939844637
Juvenile Fiction – Boys & Men/Legends, Myths, Fables-Native American/Historical-United States-General

Driven to Stone Man’s trail…

After U.S. soldiers attack twelve-year-old Tsatsi’s Cherokee village, his family flees to the Smokey Mountains. Facing storms, flood, and hunger, they’re forced to go where Stone Man, a monstrous giant, is rumored to live.

His family seeks shelter in an abandoned village, but soldiers hunt them down. Tsatsi and his sister Sali escape, but Sali falls ill and is kidnapped by Stone Man. Tsatsi gives chase and confronts the giant, only to learn this monster isn’t what he seems.

Their journey is a dangerous one. Will Tsatsi find the strength to become a Cherokee warrior? And will they ever find their family?

Release date – October 8, 2019



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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2018: JUSTICE – justice was used as “in search of justice” and as in supreme court justice.   

Ten top lookups

  1. Nationalism – The resurgence of nationalism in politics.
  2. Pansexual – Related to magazine interviews of singers. The new meaning has to do with sexual desire across a spectrum of gender/sexual identities.
  3. Lodestar – A leading star or inspiration. (after the death of a prominent politician)
  4. Epiphany – A trailer for a pop group drew interest to the word as the illumination of higher consciousness.
  5. Feckless – This word means worthless and was used in a political context.
  6. Laurel – Interesting because some people hear “yanny” when this word is pronounced.
  7. Pissant – This word is just what it sounds like. It was used concerning the Super bowl.
  8. Respect – the title of Aretha Franklin’s signature song. She died August 16.
  9. Maverick – John McCain’s nickname. He died in August.
  10. Excelsior – It means “higher.” Used in context with Marvel Comics.




Auld Lang Syne is Scots English and means “old long since” i.e. “times gone by.” Robert Burns rewrote an old poem and put it to an old melody. The rest is New Year’s Eve history.

Here are the lyrics to aid your partying:


Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne?

CHORUS: For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup! and surely I’ll buy mine! And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.


We two have run about the slopes, and picked the daisies fine; But we’ve wandered many a weary foot, since auld lang syne.


We two have paddled in the stream, from morning sun till dine; But seas between us broad have roared since auld lang syne.


And there’s a hand my trusty friend! And give me a hand o’ thine! And we’ll take a right good-will draught, for auld lang syne.



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