Perhaps because of the plurality of the attacks—four planes, three locations, and two landmarks of national significance—no single name summed up the tragedy of 9/11 better than the date itself. Today “September 11″ refers the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, and the plane crash outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It means the extinguishing of thousands of innocent lives in a single morning.
But long before 2001, in fact before the pilgrims …Read more
And when the tenants come to pay their quarter’s rent They bring some fowle at Midsummer, a dish of fish in Lent, At Christmasse a capon, at Michaelmasse a goose; And somewhat else at New-yeres tide, for feare their lease flie loose.
Gasciogne, Posies (1575)
September 29 is the Feast Day of the Archangel St. Michael and All Angels.
The archangel Michael is featured prominently in both the Old and New Testaments, as well …Read more
Before embarking on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
Today is the (observed) birthday of the man whom many believe to be the greatest teacher ever, Master Kung, K’ung Fu Tzu. Or as he’s known in English: Confucius.
Compared to his legacy, the circumstances of his life were somewhat underwhelming.
He was born in 551 BC in Lu, China, into a poor, once noble family. His …Read more
There are two separate holidays on September 25, celebrated in 4 hemispheres, that collectively mark the beginning and the end of colonialism.
Balboa plays "wave-jump" in the Pacific
Vasco Nunez de Balboa was 26 in 1500. It was only 8 years after Columbus’s first voyage, and the young Spaniard sought adventure in the New World. Balboa joined the crew of an expedition headed west to Hispaniola (Cuba) and on to Colombia with the …Read more
We have 11 different official languages but only one word for the wonderful institution of braai. It’s braai in Xhosa, it’s braai in English, it’s braai Afrikaans…All it calls for is come with your friends and family, have a little fire, and braai…That should make you proudly South African.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu
The 24th of September was once known as Shaka Day, in honor of the Zulu …Read more
In 2008, National Day in Saudi Arabia was a muted celebration. It coincided with the end of the holy month of Ramadan, one of the most auspicious times of the year. And in Saudi Arabia, when it comes between the state and Islam, Islam has the first, last, and every word in between.
Islam is not just the official religion of Saudi Arabia, it’s the only religion. The law of the land is …Read more
Fourth Friday in September
The flag of New Mexico honors the 'Four Directions'
The fourth Friday in September is known as Native American Day in California and across much of the United States. California recognizes over 100 tribes, more than any other state in the nation.
The original resolution establishing “American Indian Day” was signed by Governor Ronald Reagan in 1968.
30 years later, the California legislature declared:
An emphasis on freedom, justice, patriotism, and representative government …Read more