Manuel is a male given name originating in the Hebrew name עִמָּנוּאֵל (Immanu'el), which means "God with us." It was possibly brought from the Byzantine Empire (as Μανουήλ) to Spain and Portugal, where it has been used since at least the 13th century. Manuel is popular in Spanish, Portuguese and German.
Three 7 Legends: 7th Grade & High School
"To everything there a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven..."
-Book of Ecclesiastes 3:1
Utica, NY, is some 240 miles or 386 kilometers from New York City via Amtrak Lakeshore Limited which originates at Union Station in Chicago. On Lakeshore in the night many of us slept (I could hear the guy next to me snoring...after we were both fully awake in daylight we became fast friends) while we cruised along the south shore of Lake Michigan, the Mohawk River, and the Erie Canal, following a famous Native American Highway. Reaching New York State the next day, the train passes through the Finger Lakes region to Albany, capital of the Empire State. In Albany, the train splits into two separate trains, one heads east to Boston; the other, which we stayed aboard, continues south to New York City. The new train station in Albany is across the Hudson river from city of Albany. There is long "smoke" break in Albany...
Heartland: Chicago & Burlington
Midwest America consists of 12 states in the north central United States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Illinois is the most populous of the states and North Dakota the least. A 2012 report from the United States Census put the population of the Midwest at 65,377,684.
Chicago is the most populated city in the American Midwest and the third most populous in the entire country. Other large Midwest cities include (in order by population): Indianapolis, Columbus, Detroit, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Omaha, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Wichita and St. Louis.
Vibrant and energetic, Chicago is the commercial, industrial and cultural core of the Midwest and has always been a major national transportation hub. At Union Station, eight Amtrak long-distance routes and seven regional corridors connect passengers to and from cities and towns across the country. In the heart of America. Here you'll see
Chicago, on Lake Michigan in Illinois, is among the largest cities in the U.S. Famed for its bold architecture, it has a skyline punctuated by skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. The city is also renowned for its museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago with its noted Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works.
Chicago is a leading distribution center for manufactured goods flowing in all directions. Its importance as a commercial center is underscored by the Merchandise Mart, the world’s largest commercial office building with over 4 million square feet of floor space.
The many regional food specialties (in addition to Chicago Deep Dish Pizza!) reflect the city’s ethnic and working class roots. Chicago’s spirit is also exemplified in its unique architecture; it is here that the word “skyscraper” originated with the first one built in 1885. The arts and sciences are alive with an abundance of world-renowned theaters and museums.
And Chicago is clearly a sports town with baseball’s Cubs and White Sox, hockey’s 2013 Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, basketball’s Bulls, and football’s Chicago Bears (known around here as “Da Bears”). The city is home to historic Wrigley Field, one of baseball’s oldest parks, and one of the tallest buildings in the U.S., the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) is next to Union Station.
RUST BELT refers to an economic region of the United States concentrated in the formerly dominant industrial states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. By the 1980s, the Rust Belt became what the Dust Bowl had been to an earlier generation—a symbolic name for a devastating economic change. The 1984 Democratic presidential candidate, Walter Mondale, is generally credited with coining the term. During the campaign, Mondale, the former vice president from Minnesota, attacked the economic policies of incumbent Republican president, Ronald Reagan, stating that the president was "turning our great industrial Midwest and the industrial base of this country into a rust bowl." The media, however, repeated and reported the notion as "Rust Belt," and the phrase stuck as a good description of the declining industrial heartland, especially the steel-and automobile-producing regions in the Northeast and Midwest. The phrase became synonymous with industrial decline in the once-dominant U.S. heavy manufacturing and steel industries.
Although thirty-five states produce steel, the large steel plants in the Rust Belt faced particularly hard times because they relied upon large, unprofitable, and outdated open-hearth furnaces. Many were sulfur-burning, coal-fired plants, which had difficulty meeting stringent environmental regulations on smokestack emissions. Layoffs occurred even as worldwide demand for steel grew. Other countries, in particular Japan, met this demand with lower-cost and sometimes higher-quality steel. The American steel industry rebounded by developing low-cost, highly automated minimills, which used electric arc furnaces to turn scrap metal into wire rod and bar products, but the minimills employed fewer workers.
Following the Mississippi River as part of his expedition to explore the Louisiana Purchase, Zebulon Pike in 1805 landed at the bluffs below town of what would become Burlington and constructed a fort.
The first American to purchase a lot, John Gray, bought the right to choose the town name and named it for his hometown of Burlington in Vermont.
Prior to 1868 passengers crossed the Mississippi by ferry here, or in the winter walked across the ice.
"This town [was] originally called Flint Hill- the Indian name was Shoquokon, Flint or Rock Hill. [It is] beautifully elevated, situated on the west side of the Mississippi River, a place of very considerable business. The town is very well built. Houses are good, generally taste[ful], brick dwellings. A great many handsome residences on the more elevated parts of the bluff. The number of inhabitants between 3,000 and 3,500. ... Was the first seat of government after the formation of the Territory of Iowa. The view of the city is extremely picturesque from the river. The main part of the city is situated like an amphitheater formed by the surrounding hills, beautiful buildings and private residences on the eminences around. From the location of Burlington it must always be a place of considerable trade. The city is well built [in the] modern style, a very intelligent population... The river here is over 3/4 of mile wide and steam ferry boats constantly plying between this and the Illinois shore.— Maj. William Williams
Iowa's nickname, "The Hawkeye State," has its roots in Burlington. At Judge David Rorer's suggestion, publisher James G. Edwards changed The Iowa Patriot newspaper's name to The Hawk-Eye and Iowa Patriot in tribute to his friend, Chief Black Hawk. Rorer is said to have found the name in James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans, but Edwards proposed the nickname to "...rescue from oblivian [sic] a momento [sic], at least of the name of the old chief.
The Midwest receives the nickname of "breadbasket" because of the abundant cereal crops it produces for the United States and the world; these crops include wheat, corn and oats. The history of staple cereal crop production in the Midwest dates back to the 1700s. The fertile soils of the Midwestern states and availability of cheap, abundant land proved suitable for launching a large-scale farming effort, ultimately leading to high volume production of predictable and reliable crops.
North of New York City in the mountains lies the liberal city of Peekskill, New York, in Westchester County. The small City's inspired Arts District is a favorite for art lovers along the Hudson River's Creative Coast Line. Its galleries and artists are one of the City’s most enduring attractions and they run the gamut in creative works of art in all their mediums. No matter the season or weather. Peekskill is friendly, enjoyable and delightful . . .
Black History Month
No matter the denomination the singing of spirituals is always spectacular in America's black churches. This one being in rural Williamsburg county, SC., with population of less than 35,000 people The closing with the congregation singing "A-Men" and pianist took our breaths away. We loved it...
Kingsburg "Mother's Yard" and Birthplace