On the morning of Aug. 13, 1961, the residents of Berlin awoke to discover that the Communist government of East Germany had ordered the construction of a wall to divide the eastern and western halves of the city.
As a little girl, I was something of a tomboy. I played jackpot in the mud at recess, and my Christmas wish lists consisted of baseball mitts and remote controlled cars. Skirts were my mortal enemy, and, much to my parents’ chagrin, I was always unbearably uncooperative at the mall.
As a child I remember aimlessly running through my yard in constant pursuit of the graceful butterflies that fluttered their wings only a fingertip away from my youthful reach. My intent was never malevolent — quite the opposite.
For 35 days, the U.S. government remained shut down, marking the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. The world was seemingly reduced to a gridlock between President Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D.