Category Archives: american history

Barbara Bush – A First Lady of First Ladies 🌹

I always admired Barbara Bush. In another lifetime (June 1990), I wrote this newspaper column about her. Sharing it now with apologies to the late Nancy Reagan, for whom I developed a fondness in her later years. 🌹 Advertisements

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Don’t Be Shocked – It’s Not Just About the Lights

In the old days (read “when I was a child”), most people called the electric bill their “light bill.” Because, lights were pretty much the primary leeches of that magic current flowing into the house. Even the logo for the … Continue reading

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Death of the American Dream 

Like a book not read, Like a song not sung, Like a prayer unsaid  Or an unknown tongue, The American Dream, one of faith and trust, Is growing old and gathering dust. A yellowed page in a history book, The … Continue reading

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Cultural Literacy – Best Learned From Movies andMusic 

Yesterday, coworkers in their 20s offered me Reese’s Pieces. In my best E.T. voice, I said, “E.T., phone home.” They just looked at me like they thought I had Tourette Syndrome. They are in their 20s. I don’t really expect … Continue reading

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“Victory Over Japan” Perspective of Someone Who Wasn’t There, but learned to fear “fear itself…”

Today marks the  anniversary of what they called “Victory over Japan Day” or “V-J Day,” when Japan surrendered in World War II, basically bringing that world conflict to an end on August 14, 1945. This occurred just nine days after … Continue reading

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August 13, 1961: East Germany Walled Out Democracy

On this date in 1961, the East German government began construction of the Berlin Wall to separate West from East Germany. It was the symbolic barrier between democracy and communism during the Cold War – the concrete version of “the … Continue reading

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