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Mother Teresa, the Saint of Calcutta

(Note: This is the eighth essay in a series on “Notable Women.” This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News on January 15, 2022.) In an American culture increasingly driven by “The Self”, Mother Teresa’s unrelenting selflessness offers … Continue reading

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Soviet Union Ended but Russia Endures as Great Power

(Note: This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News on December 30, 2021.) Thirty years ago the flag of the Soviet Union was taken down from the Kremlin for the last time. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics … Continue reading

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Gives Honor to Our Unidentified Fallen

(Note: This essay was originally published as “Origins of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,” in the Newport Daily News on November 13, 2021.) This November 11 is the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown … Continue reading

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It Is Baseball Playoff Time

(Note: This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News on October 30, 2021, as “America’s Game has provided thrills for decades.”) Now is the time of year for Major League Baseball’s playoffs and World Series. Looking back over … Continue reading

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“Undaunted Courage” Shown in Lewis and Clark Expedition, Part II

(Note: This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News on September 30, 2021.) See Part I: https://zilianblog.com/2021/10/05/undaunted-courage-shown-in-lewis-and-clark-expedition-part-i/ Two hundred fifteen years ago this month, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, leading some thirty men and one woman of the … Continue reading

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“Undaunted Courage” Shown in Lewis and Clark Expedition, Part I

(Note: This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News on September 27, 2021.) Two hundred fifteen years ago this month, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, leading some thirty men and one woman of the “Corps of Discovery,” completed … Continue reading

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Despite 19th Amendment, Black Women Had to Fight for Vote

(Note: This is the seventh essay in a series on “Notable Women.” It was originally published as “Fighting to vote after the 19th Amendment” in the Newport Daily News on August 31, 2021.) In 1870 the 15th Amendment to the … Continue reading

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Hope for a Race-less America

(This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News (RI) on August 9, 2021.) With COVID in retreat, I recently took a three-day trip to our nation’s capital with 12-year-old grandson, Alex, to show him the sights and teach … Continue reading

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Bob Hope, Patriotic Entertainer

(Note: This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News on July 13, 2021.) Eighty years ago, Bob Hope, comedian, actor, singer, dancer, and author, broadcast his first United Services Organization (USO) show on the radio from an Army … Continue reading

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1896 Court Case Reinforces Segregation

(Note: This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News on May 18, 2021.) The Civil War ended slavery, but it did not end prejudice, racism and the unequal treatment of races in America. One-hundred and twenty-five years ago … Continue reading

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