Category Archives: History

Notes from 2017 – Time to save Big Bird again!

Last week, the New York Times reported on administration plans to cut popular domestic programs, including funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The move would save $500 million a year, about 0.016% of the federal budget. Said Heritage Foundation … Continue reading

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Notes from 2017 – The dreams of our ancestors

My paternal great great grandfather Gustav, a farmer, was born in the Alsace-Lorraine, a region on the French/German border that had been fought over since the time of Louis XIV. As a young man, grandfather Gustav, his two brothers, and … Continue reading

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Notes from 2017 – An American hero

From his last speech, the day before he was assassinated…

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Notes from 2017 – The Hollow Crown

I invite everyone to look at the magnificent productions of three of Shakespeare’s histories on PBS, on a series entitled, The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses. I’ll have more of to say on this in days ahead, for … Continue reading

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Notes from 2017 – The war on what???

Piety and commercialism, two unlovely attributes, are rampant at this time of year, so it’s time for my annual Christmas history post. If you search on “Christmas” here, you’ll find some interesting info on things like the Ghostly Christmas tree … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget: Eugene V. Debs and American Socialism

Originally posted on southern nights:
 “Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.” —Mother Jones Most young people don’t even know who Eugene V. Debs (Socialist Populist, Founder of the IWW) is, much less that he was…

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Timely quotes from Reinhold Niebuhr

Neibuhr’s best known work, however, is the Serenity Prayer: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Continue reading

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Of cutting trees and the truths we cannot handle

The story goes that George Washington received a hatchet for his sixth birthday. With it, he damaged a cherry tree. When his father confronted him, young George said, “I cannot tell a lie. I cut it with my hatchet.” His … Continue reading

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