This Day in History – May 17

This Day in History – May 17

May 17 1444 – Painter Sandro Botticelli is born 1510 – Italian painter Sandro Botticelli dies 1527 – Panfilo de Narvaez departs Spain to explore Florida with 600 men. By 1536, only four survive 1540 – Afghan chief Sher Khan defeats Mongol Emperor Humayun at Kanauj 1630 – Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi sees the belts on Jupiter’s surface 1681 – Louis XIV sends an expedition to aid James II in Ireland, leading England to declare war on France 1749 – Physician Edward Jenner is born 1756 – Britain declares war on France 1769 – George Washington criticizes “taxation without representation” 1792 – Merchants from New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street 1803 – John Hawkins and Richard French patent the Reaping Machine 1814 – Denmark cedes Norway to Sweden 1827 – Future President Andrew Johnson marries Eliza McCardle 1829 – 1st Chief Justice of the US, John Jay, dies 1836 – Chess player Wilhelm Steinitz is born 1836 – British astronomer and discoverer of helium, Joseph Norman Lockyer is born 1863 – Union General Ulysses Grant continues his push towards Vicksburg at the Battle of the Big Black River Bridge 1866 – French composer Erik Alfred Leslie Satie is born 1873 – Writer Dorothy Richardson is born 1873 – Author Henri Barbusse is born 1875 – The first Kentucky Derby is run in Louisville 1875 – 14th Vice President of the US, John C. Breckinridge dies 1881 – Frederick Douglass is appointed recorder of deeds for Washington, DC 1885 – The Apache chief Geronimo flees an Arizona reservation, panicking Arizona settlers. Geronimo raided settlements for supplies and remained...
Escaping the Echo Chamber

Escaping the Echo Chamber

Have you ever been called an insulting name, blocked, kicked off Facebook, or Twitter? Do you have a collection of choice insults that have been hurled at you? I do! Have you been “doxxed?” Doxxing occurs when a person is stalked on the internet and their identification is put in the public domain in order to put them in a position of weakness. It has happened to me; in fact, I have even had my life threatened.  Sometimes it hurts your feelings, scares you, or just chafes your behind. I have to say that I have developed a pretty thick skin. Now I usually end up laughing and sharing these posts with my posse, and as we cackle about it, however, I am quietly doing a perimeter check. People are purposely trying to rile folks up, and it’s working. It’s working because we continually choose to respond and act, instead of ignoring them. I have been developing a simple protocol for myself: I assess and respond either by my silence, or I carefully stay factual with my words. I ask myself three things: Is it true?  Is it kind?  Is it necessary? However, just because it is necessary, does not mean we need to be ugly about it.  I will say…there are those who are “triggered by my boundaries” and are abusive. I opt out of those conversations. That’s when I press” block.” At first, I thought that it was intense because of the upcoming election. However, the level of this intensity is still growing. Insults have begun to be artfully perpetrated with an extra sense of self-satisfaction. I am...