Onward and Upward

I recently informed my wife that I was thinking about shutting down this blog. “I thought you shut it down a long time ago,” she replied. It’s hard to argue with the facts. When I started this blog, I rattled off twelve posts in the first two months. By comparison, I’ve published just seven posts Read More …

Autumnal Equinox

Since today is the autumnal equinox, I though I’d share this cool illustration that I found while exploring the amazing Chronicling America website. I found the image in an old issue of The Times (Richmond, Va.) from September 23, 1900. You can view the image in its original context by clicking here. Meanwhile, if you want to Read More …

Rock of Ages

Scientists have discovered an ancient piece of the Earth on a ranch in western Australia.  Using highly specialized equipment, a team of geochemists led by John W. Valley analyzed a single grain of zircon crystal and determined that the grain is around 4.374 billion years old, give or take a few million years.  That makes Read More …

“Please call Stella…”

“I have traveled more than anyone else, and I have noticed that even the angels speak English with an accent.” ~Mark Twain For reasons I can’t entirely explain, I have always loved accents.  Jersey shore, eastern Tennessee, southern California, South Beach, Louisiana bayou, Fargo, boogie-down Bronx, Liverpool… you name it, I love them all.  It Read More …