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Everything You Need To Know About Me Is In This Photo

Unpacking my bookshelves, putting books in piles every which way. I will organize on the other end, once I’m moved into the new place. This particular pile caught my eye. Sometimes in the chaos of life you see something – … Continue reading

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Czeslaw Milosz on the “Conspiracy of Silence”

“In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot.” – dissident poet – and immigrant to America – Czeslaw Milosz, in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech. You can read … Continue reading

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For Holocaust Remembrance Day: Bear Witness

On May 27, 1942, a desperate and isolated Klemperer, feeling the vice of Nazi terror closing in around him, helpless to stop it, declared in his journal: “I shall go on writing. That is my heroism. I will bear witness, … Continue reading

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Get the Job Done

Members of the Women’s Mechanised Transport Corps push an ambulance out of some rough ground. September 04, 1940 (Photo by Reg Speller/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

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Happy Birthday, Benjamin Franklin.

A re-post for Benjamin Franklin’s birthday, born in Massachusetts on this day in 1706. This makes me so sad to post. On this week of all weeks. If you’ve read me long enough, then you know my feelings for our … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Alexander Hamilton

This is a post written in 2008, years before “Hamilton” mania overtook the world – and don’t get me wrong, I’m so glad it did. I almost can’t believe it’s happened. Thank you Lin-Manuel Miranda. To all of you newcomers, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, India on December 30, 1865. “I worshipped Kipling at 13, loathed him at 17, enjoyed him at 20, despised him at 25, and now again rather admire him.” – George Orwell, 1936 I think … Continue reading

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Review: Patriots Day (2016)

Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg are on a roll. Earlier this year came Deepwater Horizon (which I really liked), and now comes Patriots Day, about the Boston marathon bombing. Two gigantic movies in one year. (They also did Lone Survivor … Continue reading

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On This Day: December 16, 1773: “This Destruction of the Tea is so bold, so daring, so firm, intrepid, and inflexible, and it must have important Consequences, and so lasting, that I can’t but consider it as an Epocha in History.” – John Adams

On November 28, 1773, the Dartmouth sailed into Boston’s port. The ship was full of tea. There had already been trouble in Philadelphia when the ship had tried to unload its cargo. A ship had been blown away from the … Continue reading

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On This Day: “December 7, 1941 – A Date Which Will Live In Infamy.”

Today is the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The chilling telegram from the morning of December 7, 1941: Here is a cool fact about my home state, little Rhode Island: There are only a handful of … Continue reading

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