Category Archives: History

I Just Discovered More Postcards

My father was a prolific pack-rat, but he was not a hoarder in the popular sense of the word. When he wasn’t designing and building bridges and highways, he was collecting antiques and vintage stuff to sell. He actually sold … Continue reading

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Pondering Character

I heard the comparison during a late night interview shows on a network radio station back in the day. It may have been with Larry King or one of the other big-name broadcast journalists of the early 1980s. The interviewer’s … Continue reading

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Superlatives

During a break in the late morning activities, the replica bust of Augustus Caesar in a corner of the living room caught my eye. Due to my mellow mood, I contemplated the artifact. Augustus is considered one of the greatest … Continue reading

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Discovery

Tomorrow is Leif Erikson Day and I’m setting aside a bit of time to remember the vagabond Norwegian explorer. Arguably, Erikson and his band stumbled upon America nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus did. I use the word “discover” in … Continue reading

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Different Perspectives

I went part of the way down the rabbit hole of the American Civil War by chance on YouTube. Author and historian Susan Provost Beller gave an almost one-hour lecture about soldiering during that war. The 2002 talk was to … Continue reading

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l’Inconnu

There were no such places as Antarctica or Australia. Perhaps half of North America did not exist. That is, none of them existed in the mind of the French mapmaker who drew the antique map I pondered. I noted that … Continue reading

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Moon Day

Today is Monday, the day named after the Moon. Today is also Moon Day which happens to fall on Monday this year. Why wouldn’t I exploit these delightful facts today? This is a great time to contemplate our planet’s celestial … Continue reading

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