Hunt for the USS Alligator

Civil War Sub

Somewhere in the waters off the coast of North Carolina, a search is underway for the US Navy’s first submarine, the Alligator. The submarine was built in 1862 in Philadelphia.

It’s is considered one of the Civil War’s great maritime advances, which includes the Confederate submarine CSS H.L. Hunley (raised a few years ago), and the ironclad, USS Monitor.

Pioneering Innovations

The 47-foot long “secret weapon” included several pioneering advancements, including:

Diver’s lockout chamber Air […]

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Living Your Dream

Dreams Fulfilled

All of us have dreams.

We dream about what we want, what we want to be, what we want to accomplish, who we want to be with, where we want to travel, or visit and so much more.

Dreams serve as our fuel for daily living. Having a dream or a goal to kick start our day is important–at least for most of us.

Jot Down Your Dreams

Having an end-game in mind helps us […]

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Facing Down Our Demons

Mental Stength

Sometime in our lives, we must confront adversity. How we respond reveals the strength of our character and attitude.

Facing the Unknown

“We’ll get through this,” said the woman sitting in the booth behind me.

“Exactly how is that going to happen?” her companion responded. “I just wanna crawl in a hole somewhere. I’m not sure I can handle what’s coming.”

I had no idea what they were talking about. But when their voices dropped […]

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Invasion of the Carpetbaggers


One of the most turbulent and controversial times in 19th century America occurred following the Civil War when so-called carpetbaggers traveled South. Northerners who got involved in the civil and political issues after passage of the Reconstruction Acts of 1867 were labeled carpetbaggers.

Two Types of Carpetbaggers

The term carpetbagger was popular because this group supposedly carried all their property in satchels made of carpet-like material.

There were two type. Some were true reformers […]

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