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Thoughts from Dan

A Brief History of the NRA……

It was in 1938 that NRA President Karl T. Frederick spoke these words before Congress, “I have never believed in the general practice of carrying w...

Another First for the Purple Tree

The Purple Tree was recently notified that their application to become a benefit corporation had been approved.  In late 2017, Wisconsin passed Wis...

Who Plundered (dishonestly acquired) the Second Amendment?

Who Plundered (dishonestly acquired) the Second Amendment? It is my judgement that few cultural changes that have occurred in the past three decade...

A Test of Character

A Test of Character  It was Abraham Lincoln who said that “nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him ...

Thoughts for the New Year!

An interesting thing happened in 1888. A man of some note had the opportunity to read his own obituary. His brother had died, but the newspaper mis...

What Happened to Us?

Blog – What has happened to us? Indeed, what has happened to us? Less than 10 years ago the first African-American was elected President of our cou...

It Depends on What You Call It!

It Depends on What You Call It!

It Depends On What You Call It! One of the taglines we have had at the Purple Tree since its beginning is “Less About Me, More About We.”  Already ...

So why are we interested in civil behavior?

So why are we interested in civil behavior?

 So why are we interested in civil behavior? The Purple Tree has recently reintroduced another line of clothing that is meant to exemplify and enc...

Black History Month 2017: A Voice from the Past and a Present Reality

We have a new President of our country who introduced the 2017 Black History month with a re-introduction to Frederick Douglass by saying that he “...

A Reformation Thought Before the Elections (2016)

We are about to complete 499 years since the beginning of the Protestant Reformation in 1517. Many Christian churches, particularly Lutherans, are ...

Afraid of the light.

It was Plato (BC 427-BC 347) who said that “we can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when people are af...

How Could It Be Worse?

Difficult as it is to comprehend, it was announced on July 1, 2016 that income inequality in this country became even worse last year. (http://equi...