Monthly Archives: April 2011

The C&O Remembered

For the past few decades, my friend Paul and I have hiked along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal almost every week, except when it rains, snows, or is uncomfortably wet. Or when the lure of coffee and bagels is simply … Continue reading

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The Zound of Music

Deep down, I’m a Luddite. For those of you who may not know the term, it means I am generally opposed to rampaging new technology. In the past few decades, it seems as if incoming expertise does not have the … Continue reading

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War

The first war in which the not-quite-yet United States were involved in lasted 13 months. From July 1675 to August 1676, colonists were busily fighting an assortment of Native Americans, including the Wampanoag, Narragansett and Nipmuck Indians. Once that war … Continue reading

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Why Are These People Smiling?

The world’s most celebrated smile can be found in Paris‘ Louvre museum, protected by one or two armed guards and half-inch bullet proof glass. Variously known as La Joconde, the Gioconda, or the Mona Lisa, Da Vinci’s model with the … Continue reading

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Breasts!

That got your attention, didn’t it? Much more so than if I’d typed “Paul Gauguin” or “Post-Impressionism.” Breasts, three of them, to be exact, are shown in Two Tahitian Women, one of the French painter’s most famous works. The island … Continue reading

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This Way To the Camps

Neil Gaiman, the British author perhaps most famous in this country for his amazing graphic novels, has a recurring character who likes to question the existence of words. Is there, for example, a word for the sound pollen makes as … Continue reading

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Bad Things

Last February I wrote about the horrendous murder of Genevieve Orange who lived not far away from me. She was beaten to death and raped by Mark E. Lawlor, a pretty sorry excuse for a human being who had no … Continue reading

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