TIAA #5: “Acknowledge”

This is a tale about making a conscious effort to avoid stereotyping white people in the objective to eliminate systemic racism.

The City of a Saint & Good Herbs

Today, you might be familiar with this city by a few of its popular nicknames, including: San Fran Frisco City by the Bay SF Fog City Of course, we all call it “San Francisco“! Formerly known as Yerba Buena (Spanish for “Good Herb”), the City by the Bay — originally founded and established in Mexico…

A Needle Like No Other (Factoid #5)

SEATTLE FACTOID #5 When the Smith Tower was erected in 1914, it remained the tallest building not only in Seattle or Washington State, but on the entire West Coast of the United States! In 1962, the record was broken by yet another structure in Seattle, one that has become world renowned and probably the most…

The Tallest Tower for Roughly 421,000 Hours (Factoid #4)

SEATTLE FACTOID #4 When it was erected in 1914, Seattle‘s Smith Tower was the tallest building along the West Coast of the United States. Smith Tower would remain the tallest for nearly 50 years until it was eventually usurped by another building in Seattle for the same title. Which building was it? Tune in next…

Legacy of a King

The United States has only one county in the entire nation named after Martin Luther King, Jr. Read about this significant milestone in his lasting legacy.

Juneau, You Know?

According to my WordPress statistics, this will be my 50th article for this blog. To celebrate this achievement, I thought I would share some trivia about America’s 49th state, just to be quirky and offbeat. Alaska’s capital city is Juneau. With a population slightly above 32,000, the capital is more of a small town than…

Deciphering the Significance of “Singapore”

The City The name “Singapore” was adapted by the British from its original Malay name, “Singapura”, which means “Lion City”. I had often read books and magazines about the great Lion City, established on an island at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. I was fascinated by its history and how it transformed itself…

Our City of Shikaakwa Today

Established 184 years ago, the city named “Chicago” is derived from a French rendering of the Native American word shikaakwa, translated as “wild onion” or “wild garlic”, from the Miami-Illinois language. The first known reference to the site of the current city of Chicago as “Checagou” was by Robert de LaSalle around 1679 in a memoir…