Monthly Archives: July 2011

Just imagine . . .

July 28, 1588: The Spanish Armada sets sail to overthrow England’s Queen Elizabeth I. We know the outcome of the subsequent battle, but for a moment just imagine what might have been if Spain had prevailed: The United States would … Continue reading

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Because we all need such reminders

“Has My Heart Gone To Sleep,” by Antonio Machado Has my heart gone to sleep? Have the beehives of my dreams stopped working, the waterwheel of the mind run dry, scoops turning empty, only shadows inside? No, my heart is … Continue reading

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A Better Class of Criminal

Most of the crimes that get reported these days seem to have been committed by people who are either incredibly brutal or intellectually deficient – or both. Perhaps this has always been the case, and the perceived abundance of fiends … Continue reading

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the gods are laughing at us

Given the abundance of human folly in the world, the gods are probably laughing at us most of the time, but today there is a particularly compelling reason for their amused contempt – a reason that, as usual, is the … Continue reading

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The Same Old Monkey Business

June 24, 1925 – A jury in Tennessee finds John Thomas Scopes guilty of teaching evolution in a high school biology class. “There is no adequate defense, except stupidity, against the impact of a new idea.” Percy Williams Bridgman, U.S. … Continue reading

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Arising . . .

“The Lake Isle of Innisfree,” by William Butler Yeats I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made; Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for … Continue reading

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A Coincidence Of Genius – 21 July

Though they are often accused of being prideful, Americans in fact often forget the wondrous scale of some of their major accomplishments, such as the Panama Canal, for instance, or the moon landing, or, more recently, the Space Shuttle. The … Continue reading

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On Track For A Lucrative Career

On July 21, 1873, Jessie James and the Younger brothers successfully engaged in the first of many train robberies. This was the start of a long and notorious career for these men, many of whom would die violently in their … Continue reading

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A Good Day For Dreaming

“America has tossed its cap over the wall of space.” John F. Kennedy July 20, 1969: Neil Armstrong sets foot on the moon. July 20, 1976: The Viking Lander I sets down on Mars. “Throw your dreams into space like … Continue reading

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Wine Recommendation – True Blue: Virage 2010 Napa Valley Rose’

Two of the things that I most enjoy when hiking in the Colorado mountains are the depthless blue sky over my head and the array of wildflowers at my feet, and during a recent visit to Boulder, I had an … Continue reading

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