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Is this in code?  Really!  Take another look.  By the time you get to line 3 you should see that, in fact, it is just another way of writing. What’s the point?  Your mind is the most powerful tool in … Continue reading

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Like your job? Like your doctor? Have you thanked your grandmother lately?  (Or your great-grandmother if you are a millennial.) You should say a little prayer of thanks to those women because they made that job and that doctor possible. … Continue reading

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I’ll bet you didn’t know that Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” was based on a real bird.  It was a raven (no surprise there) – flesh and blood – owned by Charles Dickens named Grip. The bird could parrot sentences … Continue reading

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If you live in New York you will have no problem recognizing the Flat Iron Building. Modest by today’s standards, it was the first modern high rise constructed with a steel frame.  As it was being constructed people would stand … Continue reading

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This is one of those historic photographs that would never make a book – much less an article – but is an on-the-ground important glimpse into the past.  What you see here is an Alaska Gold Rush shot of a … Continue reading

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Just across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas, a booming metropolis of 26,255 in 2010, is the Mexican city of Piedras Engrams, a town of 163,000.  (Piedras Negras translates as “black stones” for the coal in the area.)  In 1943, … Continue reading

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Jean Lussier was the ultimate entrepreneur. In 1928, he went over Niagara Falls in rubber ball six feet in diameter, seen here, lined with inner tubes.  He survived the falls – or, rather, Falls – and proceeded to sell pieces … Continue reading

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Mary Dyer was the first woman in American history to be hanged. In 1685, she defied a law in the Massachusetts Bay Colony which made it illegal to be a Quaker.  She was arrested and banished from the colony with … Continue reading

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This was Mary Katherine Goddard, one of the first women publishers in America.  She ran a newspaper, bookstore and the Baltimore Post Office and, as printer, actually printed the Declaration of Independence. She, her mother and brother printed the first … Continue reading

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These were the remains of “Big Nose George” Parrot in 1950, half a century after he was hanged. Sort of. In fact, he was skinned – after death – and his hide turned into a pair of shoes which are … Continue reading

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