Monthly Archives: September 2012

So Many Khans

Today is the 797th anniversary of the birth of Kublai Khan.  He was a grandson of Genghis Khan, the great conqueror.  Kublai Khan took over the role of ruler of the Mongolian Empire from his older brother in 1260 CE. … Continue reading

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Equinox Today

I enjoy keeping track of the orbital events of our home planet.  Each of the markers of the year’s four quarters have kept me fascinated for as long as I can remember.  Perhaps it’s because of my Scandanavian heritage?  In … Continue reading

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Simple Vases …Floral Friday

It was time to rearrange a couple of my shelves and locate some hidden dust.  In the process, I discovered several small and medium vases that had become forgotten in the crowded inventory.  The vases got the old soap and water … Continue reading

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America’s First Gasoline Powered Auto

It was on this date 119 years ago that the very first American built gasoline powered automobile had its very first road test. Charles Duryea and his brother J Frank Duryea took their contraption out for a spin to find … Continue reading

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Chaplin, A Victim Of The Red Panic

Officially sanctioned U.S. paranoia of the late 1940s and the 1950s caused much grief and hardship among liberal thinking people and much of the entertainment industry in those days. After the end of the second world war, the defense establishment … Continue reading

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Greta Garbo

Her story should have been one of those fabled rags to riches success fables that the positive thinker promoters like to tell.  But I don’t remember any of them being about Greta Lovisa Gustafsson, better known as Greta Garbo. Greta … Continue reading

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Son Of The Gamblin’ Man

After enjoying each of the books by Mari Sandoz that I’ve brought home from the Norfolk Public Library this summer, I told myself, I’ll write just one more review. Well, the latest read has only increased my enthusiasm for more.  … Continue reading

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