This week's family photo...
At the age of 17, my great-grandfather deserted the U.S. Army, packed his belongings into a rucksack and made his way by foot to Lockport, New York. He changed his name to John Gates during a stop in Ohio, married my great-grandmother in Buffalo and raised five children of his own. He didn't tell anyone--not [...]
I meet the most interesting people on planes. On one flight to Buffalo, a woman taught me about the seven chakras, explained why she believed her sister was possessed by a demon and provided me with her business card (and told me about the history of her reusable water bottle company, too). I met a [...]
Kentucky's State Capitol Building // Frankfort, Kentucky A random fact about me: although I'm currently teaching in an elementary school, I actually majored in political science and public policy in college. I have always loved politics and history--making family history the perfect fit--and I try to incorporate these topics in the examples I provide in [...]