Revolutionary War Hero Margaret Corbin

It’s July and fitting that this month’s history posts be about Margaret Cochran Corbin, born November 12, 1751 in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, A U.S. Revolutionary War Hero, Margaret Corbin was the first woman paid a soldier’s pension by the Continental Congress. Early Life Born to Robert Cochran, an Irish immigrant, and his wife Sarah, Margaret was orphaned at the age of five. While she and her brother were away from home, Native American’s raided her home. Her father died, and they kidnapped her mother. Her mother’s brother adopted her and her brother. Married Twenty-one-year-old Margaret married John Corbin from Virginia in 1772. Presumably they moved to Pennsylvania. The Revolutionary War Her husband joined the Pennsylvania Artillery in 1775 or 1776.  A matross, an artilleryman, John served on a cannon crew. Margaret, like many other wives at the time, became a camp follower. Camp followers cooked, cleaned and repaired clothes for the soldiers to earn money. They also cared for the sick and wounded. And camp followers brought the soldiers water to drink and to cool the cannons. The soldiers called these women, Molly Pitcher. John manned one of two cannons at Fort Washington on November 16, 1776, when George Washington […]

15 Inspirational Quotes for Tough Times

Pandemic life is tough. Add on inequality, unemployment, and the steady erosion of a lifetime of saving it’s difficult. Now add on the ordinary difficulties of life: chronic illnesses, family stresses, and home and vehicle maintenance—it’s a lot. Anxiety is high. High enough that sometimes innocent words blow up into something else. But mankind has been through a lot. You’ll get through this, too. Here are some inspirational quotes for tough times to remind you that you can do this. On Being Tough Tough times never last, but tough people do. – Robert Schuller The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.  —Seneca In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive. – Lee Iacocca On Ways to Think Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.  – Marcus Aurelius You don’t have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you.  – Dan Millman If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. –Mary Engelbreit […]

Worldwide Crises Got You Down?

Worldwide crises got you down? As if the pandemic, protests, and political shenanigans aren’t enough, now we have more killing and natural disasters. It’s a lot. The worst part is that none of it is over. And it won’t be for a while. So in case you need a reminder of how strong and awesome you are, here are a dozen quotes to help you hold on. What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.– Ralph Waldo Emerson Courage Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher You are Braver than you believe, Stronger than you seem, and Smarter than you think. ― A. A. Milne Christopher Robin Courage isn’t having the strength to go on—it is going on when you don’t have strength. – Napoleon Bonaparte Strength Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that’s what makes you strong. – Sarah Dessen Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, […]