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Celebrate Earth Day at a National Park

Here are some great tips and tricks for family fun in our national parks! Enjoy: There are few more beautiful places to picnic than our national parks, which also offer other ways to spend quality time with your family: Exercise: You can run, hike, bike, swim and even do yoga in our national parks! Bring lots of water and wear light-colored clothing to keep you cool. The Healthy Parks, Healthy People program also offers organized activities for families and children. Learn: National parks are our country’s biggest classroom, protecting and preserving our vast landscapes, history and culture. And Parks for Play is a National Park Foundation program that offers educational family activities in 35 of our national parks. What To Bring: o   Bring a hat and sunglasses to protect you from the sun o   Don’t forget a camera o   Bring a bag or backpack filled with the essentials – water, snacks and a map of the park   I recently wrote you about the launch of Find Your Park, a new campaign celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service and encouraging the next generation – and those who already know and love the parks – to get up, get out and Find Your Park! The White House, First Lady Michelle Obama (see below), Mrs. Laura Bush and celebrities including Bill Nye and Bella Thorne are also lending their efforts to the initiative. Share your family stories and photos on social media with #FindYourPark and go to FindYourPark.com to find your local park. With more than 400 parks across the country, there’s one closer than you think!   Cite this… (new...

Jackson, Andrew

Andrew Jackson US President – 1829-37 Birthdate: March 15, 1767   Born in a backwoods settlement in the Carolinas in 1767, he received sporadic education. But in his late teens he read law for about two years, and he became an outstanding young lawyer in Tennessee. Fiercely jealous of his honor, he engaged in brawls, and in a duel killed a man who cast an unjustified slur on his wife Rachel.More nearly than any of his predecessors, Andrew Jackson was elected by popular vote; as President he sought to act as thedirect representative of the common man. Jackson prospered sufficiently to buy slaves and to build a mansion, the Hermitage, near Nashville. He was the first man elected from Tennessee to the House of Representatives, and he served briefly in the Senate. A major general in the War of 1812, Jackson became a national hero when he defeated the British at New Orleans. In 1824 some state political factions rallied around Jackson; by 1828 enough had joined “Old Hickory” to win numerous state elections and control of the Federal administration in Washington. In his first Annual Message to Congress, Jackson recommended eliminating the Electoral College. He also tried to democratize Federal officeholding. Already state machines were being built on patronage, and a New York Senator openly proclaimed “that to the victors belong the spoils. . . . ” Jackson took a milder view. Decrying officeholders who seemed to enjoy life tenure, he believed Government duties could be “so plain and simple” that offices should rotate among deserving applicants. As national politics polarized around Jackson and his opposition, two parties...

Valentine’s Day Proposals

Valentine’s Day is a classic time to make the move and propose to the one you love. There are many ways to pop the question. Here are some of the ways we’ve heard about through the years that we thought were romantic or over the top.

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