“Life is a great adventure…accept it in such a spirit.“
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At 43, Roosevelt became the youngest president to serve, after the assassination of Pres. McKinley. Grief led him to explore and love the wild American west as a young man and conservationism became a part of his legacy. He preserved hundreds of millions of acres of public lands, such as the Grand Canyon.
“A people fired … with love of their country and of liberty, a zeal for the public good, and a noble emulation of glory, will not be disheartened or dispirited by a succession of unfortunate events. But … may we learn by defeat the power of becoming invincible.”
On October 25, 1764, Abigail Smith marries John Adams, a union that spans the American Revolution & independence, presidencies, and continents. Anti-slavery and pro-women rights, Abigail remained not only a key advisor to her husband, the nation's second president, but friend of Pres. George Washington, his wife Martha, & Pres. Thomas Jefferson.
“It’s critical to participate in our democracy…If we can do it from space, then I believe folks can do it from the ground too.”
As voting has started in some form in over half of the states, NASA astronaut Dr. Rubins plans to vote from space this year - She did so as well in 2016, when she also became the first person to sequence DNA in space. NASA astronauts began voting in elections from space in 1997.
“My mother told me to be a lady, and for her that meant be your own person, be independent.”
Called the court's "feminist icon," Justice Ginsberg began her law career fighting for gender equality, and in 1993 became the 2nd woman on the Supreme Court (there's been 4 of 114). Her mother, who passed away before she graduated from high school, inspired her education and drive. Justice Ginsberg died at age 87.
“I was given an opportunity and sometimes that’s all you need to prove yourself.”
Sgt. Maj. Thomas “Patrick” Payne received the nation's highest military honor for helping to rescue approx. 70 hostages from ISIS terrorists. He is the second living service member to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq. He named his son Josh after his teammate, Master Sgt., Joshua Wheeler, who was killed during the operation.
“When Americans lend a hand to one another, nothing is impossible. We’re not about what happened on 9/11. We’re about what happened on 9/12.”
Parness founded New York Says Thank You in the aftermath of September 11 to provide help to communities specifically in the wake of disasters. Since 2003, the nonprofit organization has sent 700,000+ volunteers to help rebuild communities around the world.
“They need to think more about the people instead of about the party.”
Parton in a wide-ranging interview on faith, politics and resilience, plus what her daddy paid the doctor who delivered her (hint: not money). If you need an inspiring read, with a dash of news, heading into your weekend? This might just be it.
“Knowledge is like a suitcase that I carry with me, it is a treasure.“
96-yr-old Giuseppe Paterno recently became Italy's oldest college graduate. Paterno grew up in Sicily, served in the navy during WWII, and became a railway worker before his love of reading led him to sign up for classes at the University of Palermo in his 90s, graduating top of class (despite his age & a global pandemic).
“I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe…Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.”
Congressman Lewis wrote an essay shortly before his death for The New York Times to publish on the day of his funeral, which took place today in Atlanta: "In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way." Read More:
“Don’t be afraid to let people know what it is you want to do with your life. Don’t be hesitant. Be confident.”
A son of a Marine, Regis Philbin served in the Marines during the Korean War - he credits another Marine for giving him the push he needed to pursue show business. He started in a prop department, rising through the ranks to set the Guinness World Record for the most hours on camera. He passed away at age 88.
“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic…Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”
“Live your life.”
After 3 mos. battling COVID-19 Broadway performer Nick Cordero, 41, passed away. His wife, Amanda, updated & inspired many with her positive, faith-filled posts (w/their infant son Elvis) & #WakeUpNick movement of supporters singing Nick's song "Live your life." CDC: The median age for U.S. COVID-19 cases is 48.