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The Pamela Positive: I Love What Howard Zinn Writes: Hope Is Not Certainty…But Being Open to Possibilities…

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I love how Howard Zinn focuses on maintaining the human spirit. Throughout his life dedication to combatting injustice, striving to help those marginalized, and being involved in a brutal World War, Howard held his views of hope.

“…I intend to be the voice of reasonable optimism, to figure out a passage through this tough time. To have hope, one does not need certainty, only possibility.”

Let’s keep our minds open to the great possibilities which abound before us.  There is always a way, a pathway, a new opportunity, a new possibility.  A New Hope!

Howard Zinn (1922-2010) was a historian, author and activist.  He was a pilot in WWII, an experience which shaped his outspoken opposition of war.  He was a professor of political science for many years at Boston University.  He is best known for his book, A People’s History of the United States, presenting history from the point of the view of the marginalized.

The Pamela Positive: I Love What Howard Zinn Writes: Hope Is Not Certainty…But Being Open to Possibilities…

I love how Howard Zinn focuses on maintaining the human spirit. Throughout his life dedication to combatting injustice, striving to help those marginalized, and being involved in a brutal World War, Howard held his views of hope.

“…I intend to be the voice of reasonable optimism, to figure out a passage through this tough time. To have hope, one does not need certainty, only possibility.”

Let’s keep our minds open to the great possibilities which abound before us.  There is always a way, a pathway, a new opportunity, a new possibility.  A New Hope!

Howard Zinn (1922-2010) was a historian, author and activist.  He was a pilot in WWII, an experience which shaped his outspoken opposition of war.  He was a professor of political science for many years at Boston University.  He is best known for his book, A People’s History of the United States, presenting history from the point of the view of the marginalized.

On James Garfield: Our President Who Was an Advocate for Black Rights

It’s amazing how people have similar thoughts in our world. Candice Millard, author of Destiny of the Republic, has released this biography on James Garfield. Garfield was assassinated after only 4 months in office, and therefore is not remembered as much. However, he was a strong advocate for black rights, as I had mentioned in my earlier post: “President Garfield Bans Wrinkles for African-Americans.”

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What We Can Learn from Japan’s Environmental Sustainability

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Where do you think the concept of environmental sustainability came from? Sometimes we think America is the “entrepreneur of all answers.” We innovate here, and I love that quality about our country. And while I’m proud of California’s increased consciousness about the importance of preserving our Earth, we usually have to look back to see where the truth started. Continue reading

My Most Popular Posts

I have compiled a list of the most popular posts on my blog. Be sure to check them out and share your favorite blog post, of mine or someone else, in the comment section below.

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Reasonable Optimism is about Hope, and Being Open to the Possibilities – Howard Zinn

I love how Howard Zinn focuses on maintaining the human spirit. Throughout his life dedication to combatting injustice, striving to help those marginalized, and being involved in a brutal World War, Howard held his views of hope.

“…I intend to be the voice of reasonable optimism, to figure out a passage through this tough time. To have hope, one does not need certainty, only possibility.”

Let’s keep our minds open to the great possibilities which abound before us.  There is always a way, a pathway, a new opportunity, a new possibility.  A New Hope!

Howard Zinn (1922-2010) was a historian, author and activist.  He was a pilot in WWII, an experience which shaped his outspoken opposition of war.  He was a professor of political science for many years at Boston University.  He is best known for his book, A People’s History of the United States, presenting history from the point of the view of the marginalized.

President Garfield Bans Wrinkles for African Americans

“If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should not grow old.”
— James Garfield, 20th U.S. president

This dear man started out with humble beginnings: No money, no father. His mother raised our future president singlehandedly in the early 1800s. And yet he rose to greatness, not letting the early ‘wrinkles’ of life dampen his spirit.

As a leader, he made revolutionary changes, at times forgotten. He championed anti-slavery in an unwelcome climate, by promoting slaves’ rights. He sensed that a 70% illiteracy rate of blacks could lead to disaster on so many levels, damaging to community and person. Bestowing these rights was the right thing to do. Through much promulgation, he was able to achieve a federal universal education policy.

Yet this educational policy occurred decades later in the late 1880s.

He didn’t let wrinkles hold him back.

Garfield was on to the next challenge. He installed African Americans in leadership positions. Frederick Douglass, John M. Langston, Robert Eliot and Blanche K. Bruce were placed in the federal government in senior positions. Keep in mind, Garfield is right in the midst of the Reconstruction… not a popular time for his initiatives.

But it was the right thing to do, and his policies for increased rights for people prevailed. Step over, ignore or smooth over the wrinkles. Keep moving forward.

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If you have a wrinkle in your life, don’t let it get you jaded. Don’t furrow your spiritual brow. Take a kind, firm, gentle stance for progress to be manifested in your life. Do so on behalf of yourself, of others and what is right in the world, and it will come.

Believe it,
Pamela

James Garfield (1831-1881) was the 20th president of the United States, following nine terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was raised on an Ohio farm by his widowed mother and older brother. He graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts and became an Ohio state senator, campaigning on an anti-slavery platform. He served as a Major General in the Union army during the Civil War, then became a congressman for the next 18 years. When he became president, Garfield’s inaugural address emphasized civil rights and civil service reform. He was president for only six months, and was assassinated in office. Garfield was married to Lucretia Rudolph and they had seven children, including James R. Garfield who followed his father into politics.