When Did Thanksgiving Begin? It’s Complicated!

The first “Thanksgiving” was a 3-day harvest festival celebrated by the original English colonists in 1621. After enduring a terrible sea voyage, brutal winter, and multiple deadly diseases, the remaining colonists were thankful that they had survived! Indeed, they wouldn’t have survived a second year if the Wampanoag Indians, whom they invited to the festivities, … Read moreWhen Did Thanksgiving Begin? It’s Complicated!

Do You Have Too Much Optimism?

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it.” Lou Holtz, retired American football player This was the answer to a cryptogram puzzle that I once completed. My first reaction was, “Yes, that’s probably true!” and my second was, “That is SUCH an American statement!” Americans, on the whole, are … Read moreDo You Have Too Much Optimism?

Why Do Americans Love the Microwave?

Microwaves are very common in the U.S. because they are fast and convenient. In fact, in 2006 only DVD players and digital televisions were sold in greater numbers than microwave ovens and ranges! Americans typically use microwaves to heat up food that is leftover from another meal. Since these are commonly made of a wide … Read moreWhy Do Americans Love the Microwave?