Friday

Hello! How are you this bright Friday? Here in Tidewater Virginia we’ve been having 70 degree days for almost the entire month of February. At first I resisted (because Spring. Ugh.), but now I’m resigned, and dare I say, delighted about the weather. Playing ultimate frisbee with your entire cohort, while a breeze blows and your […]

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What’s Going On

I’m always a little ashamed of these posts, because of course they mean that I haven’t blogged in a long time. They also mean, however, that I’m back with a vengeance. So, hello! I’m back. Cue the traditional theme music: My second (and final) semester of my history Master’s program has just begun. And guess […]

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Canaries in the Coal Mine

During these horrible times, I haven’t known what to say about what’s going on in our country. Because I hardly recognize this place anymore, though I know darkness has been broiling, hardly under the surface at all, for years. Decades. And because whenever I’ve begun to compose a Facebook post, a blog post, it has […]

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Friday (On Tuesday)

I’ve been gathering interesting stories for a few weeks now, meaning to compile them for a Friday post.  But then I wanted to write about my 2015/16 readathon, and then I wanted to complain about why it’s unacceptable to talk about the weather in D.C. I got sidetracked, in short, and meanwhile the links I […]

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History Notes: Maya Poison Flasks

Let’s talk about history today.  Let’s hunker down against this immature spring wind that’s been tossing our hair all week and talk — or shout, if you prefer — about something old. First, I have to tell you about the Library of Congress’ Exploring the Early Americas exhibit. It’s sort of the Ringo Starr of […]

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Friday

A poem I love.  One word: hips. Donate those sentimental-but-frankly-hard-to-look-at items to the Museum of Broken Relationships.  I would send a Beanie Baby, an Oscar Meyer Wienermobile Whistle, and stacks of mixed CDs. Interloping owls invited to stay in a museum’s rafters … only at the Smithsonian. Using stories to teach history is more effective […]

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6 Podcasts

I walk to and from work every single day. It’s a 25-minute jaunt each way, time I value for waking me up in the morning and winding me down in the evening.  That’s not to say I stroll along, smiling pleasantly at the fleet of birds scuttling over the sidewalk in front of me before […]

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What I’m Reading

The Aviator’s Wife, by Melanie Benjamin Synopsis: Written from Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s perspective, it tells the story of her courtship and marriage to Charles Lindbergh, and of her own accomplishments as a pilot and writer. Review [so far]: I generally prefer to read biographies about historical figures rather than novels about them (might as well […]

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Last Week Tonight

Last week was A Week.  Some weeks we gaze at the news from afar, and other weeks we lift it up and carry it on our shoulders. I don’t think I can say much about Cecil the Lion that hasn’t already been said.  Yes, it was unthinkably cruel — not to mention illegal.  Yes, those responsible should […]

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