Nan S. Russell
Author & Speaker

All posts in May, 2016

I am a colleague of Nan’s. I regularly post here about work, life and the mingling of the two.

There is a lot of noise bombarding our senses every second, minute and hour of the day. And so today, let’s take a few moments to be quiet and remember the brave men and women who gave their lives in the United States Armed Forces, giving us the freedom we have.

Memorial Day originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union Veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers. It is widely held the time of year was chosen because flowers would be in bloom across the nation.

By the end of the 19th century, Memorial Day ceremonies were being held on May 30 throughout the nation. It was not until after World War I, however, that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress.

God Bless America




freckles“You’d be so much prettier without those freckles,” my high school boyfriend commented as we walked hand-in-hand along a California beach. “Why don’t you try bleach cream?”

Those were stinging words to my 17 year old ego. Still, I researched the option, ultimately deciding I liked my freckles. His surface judgment about my looks stayed with me until I discovered he was only interested in the wrapping. In the end, I judged him shallow.

I realize that I’m judged by how I look, what I write, what I wear, what I eat, what I read, how I act, how I vote, where I live, who I know or don’t know, and a thousand other dimensions. We all are.

But it still seems unfair others might conclude I’m aloof when I’m only (continue reading →)

In the Scheme of Things