History

Killing the Rising Sun

By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

Bill O’Reilly usually irritated me when he was on the air, so I did not jump to read any of his “Killing” series of books. However, I was interested in learning a bit more about the Pacific theatre of World War 2 following my reading of “The Generals” by Winston...

The Times are a-Changin’

By Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®

What do the Watts Riots, Beatlemania, Kennedy’s Assassination, ZIP Codes, the Vietnam War, Cassius Clay’s first World Heavyweight Championship, South African Apartheid and Nelson Mandela’s lifetime prison sentence, Buffalo Wings, Martin Luther King’s “dream” speech...

The Crusades: the Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land

By Thomas Asbridge

Most Americans, I would wager, know of Richard the Lionheart through the various Robin Hood movies, as the king who was busy battling in the crusades while his brother ran roughshod over the English people he left behind. King Richard was indeed an important character...

Bankruptcy of America

By Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®

Love him or hate him, Donald Trump occupies 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for the next four years. He has been compared to the man honored on our $20 bill, Andrew Jackson, because both rode waves of populist support into the oval office. Like Jackson, it appears that he is...

A Valentine History

By Jaclyn Bender

Many people do not know the history of this romantic holiday but look to Saint Valentine. However, who was Saint Valentine after all? There were at least three different saints during the third century that had the name Valentine or Valentinus, which the means “strong...

The Wise Owl

By Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®

When I turned off the bridge and onto the levee an owl startled into flight, chased up the Brodhead Creek by four crows. I watched intently for the next quarter mile of my run as the crows chased the owl through the skies. But then the owl entered a wooded area on the...