Veteran’s Day – More than fighting

This Veteran’s Day I am thinking about the legacy of veterans that goes beyond wars and weapons, to the ideas that compel people to take up arms, and to the wisdom that is gained through experience, especially such transforming experience as war. Germany, in the early 1930s, was a shithole country. Not that our currentContinue reading “Veteran’s Day – More than fighting”

On This Day – The Sutton Hoo Helmet

On this day in 1939, over 500 fragments of a helmet were discovered on the property of an English woman named Edith Pretty who had hired archeologists to excavate 18 burial mounds located on her property.   The pieces were originally reconstructed in 1946 and put on display in the British Museum. In recognition ofContinue reading “On This Day – The Sutton Hoo Helmet”

Independence Day

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with anotherand to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankindContinue reading “Independence Day”

Eleazer French’s Arm

  At a 90th Birthday Party for my Aunt Lorraine last weekend, my cousin Bob loaned me a book that looks like something out of an old movie. Genealogical History of the French and Allied Families, written by Mary Queal Beyer in 1912, is the kind of book they just don’t make anymore. Even then,Continue reading “Eleazer French’s Arm”

Mark Twain’s Joan of Arc

 “By far the most extraordinary person the human race has ever produced.” Mark Twain on Joan of Arc When Mark Twain wrote Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc in 1896 he was 61 years old and madly in love with his teenage heroine. While reading this book more than a century later, it’s hard notContinue reading “Mark Twain’s Joan of Arc”