“Know Thyself” – Socrates

know thyselfHappy Monday, All!

Yes, the Fourth of July Week Celebration has come to an end for many friends and families across this nation, and even other nations who know “how we roll”! Not only is the United States of America one of the youngest nations on the Earth, but it’s history intertwines many different ethnic groups, if you will. One friend had posted an article on a social network about “How Native Americans Celebrate the 4th of July”! Do you think that could be interesting?!

In the aftermath of the crash of flight “214”, I believe it was, there are multiple investigations being launched to determine the cause of such a surrealistic looking incident. The flight, which left Seoul en route to San Francisco had maybe only 3 casualties after losing its tail upon contact with the runway. Today is also the 66th Anniversary of the Roswell Incident which has been speculated to have been a UFO landing on Earth there! Believe it … or not!

As some of us navigate our way through probably one of the biggest trials of this decade so far, State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman, others may prefer to stay away from any information related to this incident. While sides were formed nearly immediately after the murder occurred, especially since the Sanford, FL police department did not arrest and charge Zimmerman until several civil rights activists got involved to challenge the “Stand Your Ground” law, there has been less and less visible support for Zimmerman. I heard one person say … actually a few more than one … that if Zimmerman goes free, there will be race riots in and around Miami. It doesn’t make sense to me to have a “race riot” in the first place, but less sense that it be staged in Miami – a very volatile terrain where previous riots erupted between the African American community and the Latino community there. Would a race riot solve the problem? I think not! Florida politicians, including Frederica Wilson, seek to dismantle the controversial law.

Our motto here at Educational Excellence is “Know Thyself”. Since I have been writing these e-mails and inserting them into EE’s blog, I have explained and clarified what my goal is. If we can touch one or two hearts, minds …. even spirits with these pieces, my work is done. Perhaps, we can connect two or more folks! Many of you have responded favorably and this is why I continue, as well. In my journey, I have met different people and I would like to mention a couple of them now. The first one is Larry T. Woody, room mate and team mate at St. Paul’s School where we both received our secondary educations. “Woody” has written a book called, “In Black and White”. You can find it at iUniverse’s “bookstore” (www.iUniverse.com/bookstore) , the same one I utilized to self-publish my books. He has compiled a story based in fact and starting in his own neighborhood in Baltimore and carries us on a journey through his eyes, including when we met at St. Paul’s.

The second person I wanted to mention and endorse is Adonis Hoffman’s e-book entitled, “The Almighty’s Dollar”. It covers biblical interpretations of today’s “Mighty Dollar Bill”. You can get a copy here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DOW5TN4. Now, hopefully, you all are getting a glimpse of what Educational Excellence is all about. I continue to open my cyber space pages to those of you who are interested. I thank each of you for giving me the opportunity to “touch your soul”, perhaps. I also appreciate any feed back that you may offer, and, feel free to send me an e-mail, especially if you would like to be removed from the list.

Wishing each of you a wonderful Monday and a peaceful and successful week ahead.


John I. Cook, Director

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