In case you hadn't noticed, there was a resurgence of interest this past year in my great-grandfather, William Howard Taft, 27th President of the United States and the only President also to serve as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Throughout American history, political family dynasties have not been uncommon. However, these families have not always acted in unison. In fact, in some cases American political families have been split asunder by divergent political loyalties.
The continued fascination with my great-grandfather's weight points to the fact that tolerance and acceptance of obesity remain a diversity issue in our society, particularly in workplaces (including, apparently, the White House).
For as long as the Accidental Locavore can remember, lollipops have been a Christmas tradition in my family. It's a tradition that has gone on in my family for decades, with friends and family coming over to help on the first Sunday in December.
It's tragically hard to win hearts and minds overseas when we don't even recognize what's in our own hearts and minds. We think we're pure of heart, but "civilizing" missions based on military occupation inevitably contain a heart of darkness.
Thanks, Federal government, for the funny circular scar on my arm from my childhood vaccination. It means that I, and a lot of other kids, didn't get polio and wind up severely disabled or dead. Don't think I don't appreciate it. And thanks for the Internet I'm using right now.
We could learn a lot from the election of 1912 where a third and fourth party shook up the foundations of corporate control. It's a disgrace that 100 years ago the United States could run an election with far greater choices than it is capable of running today.