Monthly Archives: August 2011

Barbies, birds, and bird brains

When approached from an unconventional perspective, coincidences can sometimes be productive of interesting insights. For example, two events occurred on 13 August that on first consideration seem to have little to do with each other, but when juxtaposed in an … Continue reading

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A Time for Vengeance

August 9, 1842: The United States signs the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, which settles several border disputes with Canada, including the boundary between Maine and New Brunswick – but not in America’s favor! We actually folded in a stare-down contest with Canadians! … Continue reading

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The Canal/Starvation Island: A Remembrance

7 August 1942: American marines land on Guadalcanal, thus initiating the first Allied ground offensive in the Pacific theater. For the next four months they would contest the island with their Japanese adversaries under conditions that are almost impossible to … Continue reading

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Motown to Notown: An Elegy for Detroit

Examine the postcard below, which depicts Detroit in 1950: Despite its slightly idealized detail, this representation is essentially accurate: At the time, Detroit was the sixth-largest city in the United States and the seventh-richest city on the planet. It was … Continue reading

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What it watches . . .

For Dougal Tukten Neralich, now a resident of Seattle. Just something to think about when you are walking on that beautiful beach, son. “The Eye,” by Robinson Jeffers The Atlantic is a stormy moat; and the Mediterranean, The blue pool … Continue reading

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Because sometimes we should all remember that other America – the one that could have been

August 1, 1794 – The Whiskey Rebellion begins in western Pennsylvania. “After the Industrial Revolution, All Things Happen at Once,” by Robert Bly Now we enter a strange world, where the Hessian Christmas Still goes on, and Washington has not … Continue reading

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