Category Archives: Personal

An Intimate Past?


A debate has been taking place among historians for many years about the nature of the past and perceptions of it, both by historians and by the larger public. Some have insisted that it is, and I find this term … Continue reading

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Mormonism and the Founding of Nauvoo


During the bitter winter of 1838-1839 some 5,000 Latter-day Saints crossed the Mississippi River from Missouri and settled in western Illinois. Since the organization of the Mormon church almost ten years before, this group of religious pioneers, led by Joseph … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Whites of their Eyes”


The Whites of their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle over American History. By Jill Lepore. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010. There is a war being waged over American history. Sorry if you weren’t aware of it, … Continue reading

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Robotic Emissaries to the Stars


Five spacecraft from Earth are currently moving out into the stars. After their operations cease, these spacecraft will continue to coast indefinitely. None of them will come close to any known stars, and it is unlikely they will encounter any … Continue reading

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Mormon Militancy and the Conflict in 1840s Nauvoo?


The non-Mormons of Hancock County, Illinois, in the early 1840s probably disliked the Mormons from the first, in the same way that most Americans have generally disliked what they have viewed as religious fanaticism, but they were initially disposed toward toleration … Continue reading

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Using Analogs


It is a truism that every person in every organization ever created uses history to make decisions on a daily basis. This is essentially accomplished through the use of analogy, suggesting that some issue under current scrutiny is like, may … Continue reading

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A Truly Hilarious Cartoon on the Apollo/Saturn Stack


This cartoon from the XKCD website helps explain with considerable humor the awesomeness of the Saturn V. It uses onlty the most common words in English to rescribe the stack. You may find the original here. Enjoy!

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“That’s Life”: Something Fun for the New Year


“That’s Life” is a terrific song describing the ups and downs everyone experiences. It seems appropriate for this new year. It has been recorded by a panoply of singers over the years, some of those versions have been memorable. Written … Continue reading

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Something Fun for a Friday: USAF Flash Mob at National Air and Space Museum


On November 29, 2016, the U.S. Air Force band visited the National Air and Space Museum for a holiday flash mob performance. Really fun. Enjoy.

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Wednesday’s Book Review: American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America”


American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America. By Chris Hedges. New York: Free Press, 2007. Sinclair Lewis once wrote, “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.” Former New … Continue reading

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