I can’t wait to get on the road again

The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines.

American journalist, Charles Kuralt, was born on this day in 1934 (died 1997)

I’m old enough to remember when we sat at home and watched the evening news. So, I can remember the segments of “On the Road” with Charles Kuralt. Kuralt traveled the country in a motor home for some twenty-five years, visiting the towns and sites that you wouldn’t see by traveling the interstate.

I’ve never wanted to do the same. I mean, at least not in a motor home, or what we’d call and RV.

Still, I’ve come to enjoy getting out on the back roads and wish I could do more of it.

I used to have a job that had me flying around the country two or three times a month. Those days are long gone.

These days, I sometimes get to travel the back roads with the day job. I got to do that recently with a trip to Luray, Virginia. It made me want to do more of the driving through the winding roads through the mountains. It made me want to spend more time walking through the old towns with quaint shops and restaurants.

I had the chance to have a meeting and lunch at Gatheering Grounds in Luray. A charming coffee shop/cafe in an old store front.

I need to do more of that. In m free time.

Luray is, of course, known for the Luray Caverns which have underground walkways, and the Great Stalacpipe Organ. I didn’t visit the caverns on this trip, but may have to the next time.

Granted, it was the day job that took me there, but I look forward to the time when perhaps the day job can be traveling around to these charming little towns. There’s much to be said about getting off the commercialized, well trodden path.

I don’t get to do it often enough. But, when I do, I’ll write about it here.

The Election of Jefferson Davis

The Jefferson Davis Memorial, Richmond, Virginia

 

If the Confederacy fails, there should be written on its tombstone: Died of a Theory.

Jefferson Davis

On this day in 1861 the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis as its president.

Davis represented Mississippi in the United States Senate and House of Representatives prior to becoming president of the Confederacy. He also served as United States Secretary of War under U.S. President Franklin Pierce from 1853 to 1857.

Davis was born in Kentucky, but grew up on his brother’s large cotton plantations in Mississippi and Louisiana. Prior to the Civil War, he operated a large cotton plantation in Mississippi where he owned over seventy slaves.

Davis opposed secession, he believed in the states’ right to leave the Union. He was not considered an effective leader and some consider that to be the reason for the weakness of the Confederacy.

Davis was captured in 1865 after fleeing the fall of Richmond. Accused of treason, he was imprisoned for two years at Fort Monroe. By the late 1880s, Davis encouraged reconciliation and called for Southerners to be loyal to the Union.

Davis died on December 5, 1889. Although initially laid to rest in New Orleans in the Army of Northern Virginia mausoleum at Metairie Cemetery, in 1893 Davis was re-interred in Richmond, Virginia at Hollywood Cemetery, per his widow’s request.

 

William and Mary

On this day in 1693 the College of William and Mary was founded under a royal charter “make, found and establish a certain Place of Universal Study, a perpetual College of Divinity, Philosophy, Languages, and other good arts and sciences…to be supported and maintained, in all time coming.”

It was named for reigning monarchs King William III and Queen Mary II and is the second oldest college in the United States (after Harvard University, 1636) and the oldest in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

According to Wikipedia: William & Mary educated American Presidents Thomas Jefferson (third), James Monroe (fifth), and John Tyler (tenth) as well as other key figures important to the development of the nation, including the fourth U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall of Virginia, Speaker of the House of Representatives Henry Clay of Kentucky, sixteen members of the Continental Congress, and four signers of the Declaration of Independence, earning it the nickname “the Alma Mater of the Nation.”

In other news, American composer, conductor, and pianist, John Williams, was born on this day in 1932. Williams is known and recognized for film scores that include the Star Wars series, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman: The Movie, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones series, the first two Home Alone films, the first two Jurassic Park films, Schindler’s List, and the first three Harry Potter films.