“525,600 minutes – how do you measure, measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee. In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife. In 525,600 minutes – how do you measure a year in the life? How about love? …Seasons of love.”
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Larson wrote these lyrics for the famous Broadway play "Rent"- a retelling of the opera "La Boheme" - in NYC during the HIV epidemic. Larson, 35, died from an aortic aneurysm the day of the play's first public performance, 25 years ago today. Rent went on to earn international acclaim, a Pulitzer Prize & a Tony Award.
“In playing ball, and in life, a person occasionally gets the opportunity to do something great. When that time comes, only two things matter: being prepared to seize the moment and having the courage to take your best swing.“
Known as one of the best baseball players ever to play the game, Aaron broke records and racial barriers in his 23-year career. Admired for his athleticism and advocacy for civil rights, Aaron surpassed Babe Ruth's all-time home run record in 1974, and went on to hold the record for more than 30 years until 2007. Aaron died peacefully in his sleep on Friday.
“For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it
If only we’re brave enough to be it.”
The first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate continued a tradition of a featured inaugural poet (past poets incl. Maya Angelou & Robert Frost) – Gorman made history as the youngest to ever appear. The 22-year-old once suffered from a speech impediment (as did Pres. Biden).
“Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation.”
On the stormy night before he was killed, Martin Luther King Jr. addressed a church in Memphis, Tenn. in a speech “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop." Nearly 20 yrs after his death, America celebrated its first Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in 1986. You can read/listen to two of MLK Jr's most famous speeches on source page.
“I have such an emotional connection to Christmas. And it wasn’t about the gifts. It was just about the hopefulness of the holiday season…”
Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is back at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 more than 25 years since its release. Carey now has more time at #1 than any other artist, including The Beatles. She's also the only artist with a Hot 100 #1 in 4 different decades. BTW... She didn't even *want* to do a Christmas album in 1994 when she ended up writing her now-famous anthem.
“We are a great nation. We are a good people. We may come from different places, hold different beliefs, but we share in common a love for this country, a belief in its limitless possibilities…”
Pres-Elect Biden after the Electoral College formally elected him the 46th U.S. president. In his speech, Pres-Elect Biden detailed his victory, promising to prioritize fighting the pandemic and economic recovery. The new Congress will formally recognize the votes January 6th - Inauguration Day is Jan 20, 2021
“God does not say that bad things aren’t going to happen, but He does tell us, when they do, we’re not alone.”
Starr, Mayor of Mount Vernon, Ohio offering one perspective about a live Zoom performance featuring famous actors, such as Bill Murray, reading the Book of Job - a Bible story about faith & perseverance during struggle. The event, featured a virtual town hall open to all, intended to spark reflection during 2020.
“The ultimate definition of success is you could lose everything that you have and truly be okay with it. Your happiness isn’t based on external factors.”
Hsieh, the 46-yr-old former CEO of Zappos, died Friday from injuries sustained during a house fire. Viewed as a revolutionary business leader, Hsieh ('Shay') led Zappos to change the shoe sale industry forever despite not regularly owning more than 4 pairs of shoes. Amazon bought Zappos in 2009 for $1B+.
“What happens at your house is more important than what happens at the White House.”
National radio host & best-selling author Dave Ramsey responding to those either exuberant or depressed from the U.S. presidential election. The personal finance expert, advises followers to pay down debt. One side effect of the pandemic? Data shows Americans have saved more, paid debt and improved their credit ratings.
“If the federal government weren’t so huge…such a behemoth of unimaginable size and power…we wouldn’t be so polarized and fighting over it. We need to return to state and local rule and get the fed out of our daily lives.”
As the first woman to represent the Libertarian ticket, Jorgenson says her role in 2020 mattered. Campaigning between teaching psych classes at Clemson University, Prof. Jorgenson is on track to get 1% of vote. Analysts have differing opinions on which candidate this helped or hurt - read more on our source page.
“Scientists believe that the moon has water, and this is a big deal, because if the moon has water, it probably has sparkling water, and if it has sparkling water, it probably has at least a few appetizers and a decent wine list.”
A hilarious read for a serious time. We learned of water on the moon the same week a Blue Moon arrives on Halloween (a blue moon or a second full moon in one month arrives once every 2-3 years), a full moon on Halloween (once every 19 years). Read Jason Gay's full piece on our source page.
“Life is a great adventure…accept it in such a spirit.“
At 43, Roosevelt became the youngest president to serve, after the assassination of Pres. McKinley. Grief led him to explore and love the wild American west as a young man and conservationism became a part of his legacy. He preserved hundreds of millions of acres of public lands, such as the Grand Canyon.