To the Children: Fading Recollections

In the summer of 2017, we drove west. Chicago faded slowly because we drove slowly. I didn’t have time or space to double-down my focus or attention on the magnitude of the moment. Whatever attention I could muster was used to keep us safe, sense the car’s performance, and navigate traffic. I wanted to live, to bear witness to the…

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US Expansion 1900 — Jingoism & Yellow Journalism — Cuba & Southeast Asia

                    Jingoism & William Randolph Hurst ·    First newspaper in 1887 (San Francisco Examiner – owned by his father) ·    Used investigative journalism & Sensationalist stories to increase circulation ·    Turned paper to profit in 2 years ·    1895 – in NYC bought New York Morning Journal ·    Lured experienced journalists…

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US History: The Missouri Compromise

THE MISSOURI COMPROMISE                   DETAILS: 1819: congress began debating the admission of Missouri to the US Basic issue: SLAVERY Northwest Ordinance of 1787 stated no state northwest of the Ohio River could be a slave state Missouri is not NW of the Ohio River Worried about another slave state – which would…

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A Wee Bit of Context

We moved to El Tremedal in October 2017. Who and Where were we before the move? Who knows, but he ain’t tellin’. No names here, okay? Where? Maybe. Whats and Whens, certainly. Whys? Likely they are found in the subtext. Details are littered throughout the posts. My wife and I (or is it “my wife and me”?) enjoyed a pretty…

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La Tormenta de Reyes

My 77 year-old mother arrived in Spain on January 4th. I am proud of her sense of adventure. Her trip to Europe began in Frankfurt, Germany, where she visited her granddaughter who is nearing the end of her first year of military service. Mother does not speak German or Spanish or any other “foreign” language. Furthermore, she has never traveled…

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