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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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Notes from 2017, part 1

This morning, at 2:44 am local time, the still point of the turning world became even more still. Like the gap between the end of an outbreath and the next inbreath, the earth paused.  From the depth of our longest … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget: Eugene V. Debs and American Socialism

Originally posted on Break The Code:
 “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…

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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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Presidents acting presidential

Our Public Broadcasting System is re-running a series on recent American presidents, first aired in 2013. I missed it then, but caught the second episode of “Kennedy” last night (you can watch the entire program here). The show was excellent. It … Continue reading

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100 Years Ago – The Battle of the Somme

“I’ve never met a grandson of someone who fought on the Somme, or a granddaughter, who hasn’t said to me, ‘My grandfather never recovered.’” – Sir Martin Gilbert, historian. One hundred years ago this morning, at 7:30am in northern France, … Continue reading

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Drinking in America: Our Secret History by Susan Cheever

The Pilgrims who came to America on the Mayflower were headed toward Virginia, where they had a land grant from King James.  Instead, they landed illegally in Massachusetts because they were running out of beer.  So says historian, Susan Cheever … Continue reading

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