Siobhan Kelleher Kukolic

Words to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see.

Tag: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Women have done some incredible things

Women have done some incredible things.

Marie Curie (1867-1934) was a physicist and scientist who discovered radium and was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize.  Rosa Parks (1913-2005) was a civil rights activist who helped change the world by refusing to give up her seat on the bus.  Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013) was the United Kingdom’s first female prime minister.  Lord Byron’s daughter Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) was a mathematician who was also the first computer programmer. Sappho (570 BC) was the first known female writer and Plato said she was one of the ten greatest poets.  Cleopatra (69BC-30BC) was the leader of Egypt when the Roman Empire was trying to take over.  The patron saint of France, Joan of Arc (1412-1431) fought for France against the English and led them to a victory at Orleans when she was only 17 years old.  Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) wrote the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin and was an anti-slavery advocate.  Lincoln said her book was a catalyst for the American Civil War.  Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) fought for women’s rights and was a key player in the suffragette movement to get the vote for women.   Continue reading

Trapped in an underground cave

People around the world held their breath as they watched the story of the 12 young soccer players and their coach trapped in an underground cave in Thailand.  We saw our own kids in those faces.

What happened next could be a microcosm of what we should wish for the world to be. Continue reading

Never give up

American abolitionist and author Harriet Beecher Stowe once said, “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”

Almost four years ago my now 14-year-old son qualified for the champ level of Irish Dance before his time.  Although he worked hard and grew a lot, he didn’t place when competing locally or recall for a medal at a major international competition since then.  Four long years. Continue reading

They hustled their hearts out

The soccer tournament was made up of teams of boys in Grades 6, 7 and 8.  The problem was that all our Grade 8 students were away on a school trip.  So my Grade 6 son was one of many younger boys who made the team.  As we gathered on the stands to watch them play yesterday, the rain was streaming down in sheets and the players were soaked.   Continue reading

For the first time ever, the Super Bowl went into overtime

Never say never.  For the first time ever, the Super Bowl went into overtime.

How many times in our lives have we been losing 28-9 at the end of the third quarter? Have we felt that we were too far gone to keep trying?  Have we thought to ourselves, I just can’t make it happen,  I’ll never succeed?

The New England Patriots were the favourite to win.  Yet the Atlanta Falcons were 19 points ahead with just one quarter left to play.  It seemed like the outcome was set. Continue reading

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