8 Historical People Who I Love to Get Coffee With

8 Historical People Who I Love to Get Coffee With

A few of my most inspirational figures, who are yours?

Citizens! Its time for another historical article! Ready for an adventure?

Well this time I'll go to a few different eras and places to talk about historical people and events i'd love to see and parttake in.

1. All the Founding Fathers

Well I'm aware Jefferson wasn't much for guests.. and John Adams and Hamilton will probably love to start a debate with me over something random. Edward Rutledge can probably carry on a good conversation. I'd love to meet my own ancestor Peter Slater who was involved in the Boston Tea Party as well. There were so many interesting personalities from the founding fathers whom we made "larger than life" but i'd love to meet them as humans, enjoy their quirks and grab a coffee.

2. Robespierre, Saint-Just, Desmoulins, and Danton

Yes, send me right into the heart of the French Revolution. This topic has been so Hollywoodized (see Misunderstandings from the Most Dramatized Revolution article of mine) and these personalities so villainized in the anglophone world. I'd love to meet up before the Reign of Terror. I really would enjoy discussing Robespierre's writings with him and seeing why he arrived at certain conclusions, i'd love to get a coffee with Saint-Just, and read some of Desmoulins' articles and share my own articles with him.

I'd probably even take a trip to Versailles and hang out with Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI for a day to get their side.. although as a phrygian cap wearing republican I'm not sure how long that would last..

3. Taduesz Kosciuszko

Cool guy from Poland who was involved in 3 different revolutions. We would talk cultures, and in 5 different languages- it would be so much fun! I'd love to hear his insights on my culture since he was in my country during Saratoga. He also woke up every morning at 4am to read the Bible, so maybe we'd have a Bible discussion?

4. William Wilberforce and the Clapham Circle

I'd love to be part of their deep discussions, about human rights and ending the slave trade. I love Wilberforce's determination and would enjoy meeting his friends- Barbara, the Thorntons, Pitt, Clarkson, etc as well. He was always told he couldn't do it, but with persistance he did and made the world a better place.

5. Emilia Plater

Cool Polish noblewoman who helped lead a revolt against the Russian Empire's occupiers.

6. Charles Jeanne

my historical hero! All of his life he was an idealistic believer in liberty, and the republic. He was involved in the 1830 revolution and the 1832 rebellion. See "Why My Favorite is a Little Known French Revolutionary" for more information. He had deep convictions, and alot of passion and energy. I'd love to talk with him, get coffee and find out more about the June Rebellion since its not often talked about except in Les Miserables.

7. Jean Moulin

uniting socialists, communists, libertarians, conservatives, republicans and everybody else against the Nazis. Can't be that hard right?? Seriously, i'd love to find out more about the French Resistance negotiations.

8. Lech Wałęsa

Well actually I have talked with him! Emailed him that is. Really cool modern historical figure. Led the largest peaceful protest movement in history, and is the main reason for the fall of the Soviet Union. He is an interesting character, and I loved reading his autobiographies. He actually is one of the reasons I learned Polish, and is one of the inspirations for the character Lech Wałzyński from The Insurrectionists.

Do you have any historical or famous people who are your main inspirations? would you want to meet them?

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They Are Some Of The Greatest Human Beings You Will Ever Know

Always is no exaggeration, you'll always need your grandma.

"A grandmother is a remarkable woman. She's a wonderful combination of warmth and kindness, laughter and love. She overlooks our faults, encourages our dreams, and praises our every success."- Author Unknown

They Are Your Biggest Fans:

Maybe even beating out your parents for that title...grandmas are truly your number one fans. From tennis matches, to softball and volleyball games, to the countless dance recitals and competitions, it always made my heart smile to look out from the stage or the court and see my grandma sitting there. She didn't have to be there sitting on uncomfortable bleachers, she wanted to be, and it always meant the world to me; even if I didn't express it at the time.

They Are The Greatest Porch Swing Companions:

One of my favorite and greatest memories of growing up is sitting on the front porch swing with my grandma. From the time when my feet didn't quite touch the ground sitting in the swing and hers did, to my feet touching the ground and her legs getting just a little bit shorter. All of the years in between provided some of the best advice, and were some of the many moments I wish that I could have recorded. There were less hours on the swing as I got older and busier, but I always know exactly where to go if I ever need to. Moving away for college, I realize just how much I miss being eight or nine sitting on the front porch swinging and talking for hours.

The Wisdom:

Only one of the many many things they have to offer you. They are full of so many stories, life lessons, and possible answers to your problems. You learn to appreciate the wisdom more and more as you get older. You realize that just as you are getting older, they are too. I recently bought a journal called My Grandma In Her Own Words. Inside the pages are questions to ask your grandma such as, "What is your earliest childhood memory?" I can't wait to spend the whole summer filling it.

Are They Not The Cutest:

I say this at least twice a week...she is the cutest human being alive. Their style, to the fabulous music they listen to, to everything in between. My grandma walked at least 16 miles in Washington D.C. in loafers and the cutest vest/scarf combo I've ever seen... that woman, let me tell ya. On a serious note, whenever I'm told I look a little bit like my grandma, I LOVE it. I take pride in the fact that someone sees a little bit of her in me, because she is gorgeous.

You Have No Idea How To Live Without Them:

Quite simply, they are one of the most influential women in your life. From being little, to being a newly minted adult, I still call my grandma almost everyday; sometimes just to hear her voice. They are some of the greatest human beings you will ever know. They make you a better person, all while showing you an unconditional love that only they can.

All the love in the world for you, sweet woman.

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An Open Letter To My "Team"

A week I'll never forget.

Last week, I had the amazing opportunity of going on a Service and Justice Experience spring break trip to Marion County, South Carolina. Since returning, I've been trying to pinpoint what I've learned, trying to find a particular moment or teaching that resonated with me, but I've found that I can't. There are no words to describe all that happened last week, so instead I've chosen to write this article as an ode to all that I encountered and felt in my seven days in Marion County.

It's been less than a week since we journeyed back to campus and I'm missing Marion already.

Whenever I see one of the people I traveled with around campus, I can't help but light up and smile, and I think it's because something magical happened last week. It had to be the combination of the beautiful community we were exposed to in Marion, the service with Habitat for Humanity, we were able to do, and of course, the people we served alongside with.

When people ask me how my trip was, the first word that comes to mind is "fun", but I don't think that word really does the trip, or everyone there, any justice.

Yes, the trip was fun, but it was also thought provoking, full of fits of laughter and moments of determination and hard work, and so much more.

Team, thank you to every single one of you for making the trip what it was. In one of the notecards that someone wrote for me, they commented on how the trip would not have been the same without me being there. As cliché as it sounds, I believe this to be true- we all come from different backgrounds with our own idiosyncrasies and character traits.

I truly feel that if even one person had been missing, the group dynamic, and thus experience as a whole, would have shifted.

I think what really stood out to me was the amount of love that surrounded all of us in everything we did. When Morgan asked us during reflection one night, Where did you see love today? I found myself with countless examples, from the patience of master nailers with us newbies, to the countless times a friend braided my hair for me, to a simple check in of "how are you doing" at any given moment.

Love and the sense of community were at the forefront of everything we did last week, especially when working on the house or connecting with the people in Marion.

Thank you all for helping solidify my belief that every action in life can be traced back to love.

I felt the love everywhere we went and through everything we did. However, what I found even more beautiful was how, when taking a step back, I was able to observe the love around me. As I spoke about during reflection one night, there was a moment where I was lying on the grass, separate from everyone else, watching you all play Frisbee.

While this situation may sounds trivial and mundane, I think the impact this moment had on me speaks to the gratitude this trip formed in me for the little moments.

It was the way that you all were interacting with each other. Closing my eyes, I heard nothing but laughter and cheering and words of encouragement. All you were doing was throwing around a Frisbee, yet I could find so much of God's love in that moment.

You all have a special place in my heart, and I only hope we continue to grow as a team.

Here's to morning devotionals, Max's daily lessons and coordinated Coke commercials. Here's to 6:15 wake up songs (Final Countdown anyone?), 12 am What Do You Meme? games (because pizza, of course) and the sardine round that took half a century. Here's to surprise birthday cake(s), handprints on walls, walls being painted and walls being raised. Most of all, here's to ridiculous stories, laughter, moments of reflection, vulnerability, and tears, and everything in between.

Thank you all for bringing your whole self to this trip, for sharing, and as a result, for teaching me a great deal about what it means to live in community and to build not only a home, but a second family.

Here's to you, here's to us, team.

Good deal,


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