Monday Morning Inspiration: First American Woman in Space

Sally Ride

Sally Ride's official astronaut portrait

Photo Courtesy: NASA

Sally Ride was born on May 26th, 1951 in Encino, CA. Older of two daughters, her interest in science grew at an early age. She went on to get a bachelor of science in Physics, a bachelor of arts in English, a master of science and a PhD in physics from Stanford University.

When NASA was looking for woman astronaut candidates in 1977, Sally Ride was one of the six women selected. She became the first American woman in space when she flew aboard Space Shuttle Challenger on June 18th, 1983.

She made two shuttle flights, and later became a champion for science education and a role model for generations. She wrote five science related children’s books and co-founded, Sally Ride Science, to encourage children, especially girls, to study science.

She died of cancer in 2012.

March is Women History Month & Women of Aviation Month.

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Sally Ride: First American Woman in Space

Monday Morning Inspiration #59

The Price
Whatever the freedom we own
Somebody has striven and tried for it;
By war through the years it has grown
By strength of the men who have died for it;
Each stone in the structure of truth–
Some one has made ready and right for it.
Some one has spent heart’s blood and youth,
Some one has been willing to fight for it.

                                                      Not always has blood been the pay
But always a price has been paid for it;
The worth of achievement to-day
Is gauged by the struggle we’ve made for it.
There need not be rancor or hate
Nor bitterness, terror and blight for it,
But nothing is worthy or great,
Unless you are willing to fight for it.

                                                     You cannot buy progress with gold
(You get but the emptiest shell of it);
But to win it and earn it and hold
You must go through the heat and the hell of it,
You must suffer the sweat and the pain,
You must toil all the day and the night for it,
For nothing worth while you can gain
Unless you are willing to fight for it.

                                                                                 –Berton Braley (Virtues in Verse)
Note: Berton Braley was born on January 29th, 136 years ago today in 1882.

Monday Morning Inspiration #56: Atlantis

When she opened her eyes, she saw sunlight, green leaves, and a man’s face.

She thought: I know what this is.

This was the world she had expected to see it at sixteen.– and now she had reached it– and it seemed so simple, so unastonishing, that the thing she felt was like a blessing pronounced upon the universe by means of three words:

But of course.

She was looking up at the face of a man who knelt by her side, and she knew that in all the years behind her, this was what she would have given her life to see: a face that bore no mark of pain or fear or guilt.

— Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)

Monday Morning Inspiration: Come from Away

Wonderful Show!

Based on real events from Sept 11, 2001 when 38 airplanes were diverted to the small town of Gander, Newfoundland in Canada, Come From Away, is a heart warming Broadway Musical, that captures the generosity of the residents of Gander who welcomed 7,000 stranded passengers.

Beverly Bass, one of the pioneering pilots (the first female Captain at American Airlines), was the captain of one of the 38 airplanes that landed there that day and whose character is portrayed in the musical.

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Beverly Bass
Fort Worth native Beverly Bass made Aviation History

Monday Morning Inspiration: Rise Up & Speak Up Or #TakeAKnee

Now is the time for Unity as  a Nation

and Rise Up to meet the Challenge!

or take A Knee or Two Knees for AMERICA! 

For have you forgotten?
“We hold these truths to be self-evident:
That all men are created equal;
That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights;
That among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
—Thomas Jefferson

Monday Morning Inspiration: Over the Rainbow



Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
There’s a land that I’ve heard of once in a lullaby.
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream,
Really do come true.

Someday I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops,
Way above the chimney tops,
That’s where you’ll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh why can’t I?

Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh why can’t I?


Note: Re posted from last year.