Pictures – Laura in Town for her 16th Birthday Celebration

In celebration of her 16th Birthday, Laura came to Virginia for a visit. Arrives at the airport: A little R & R: Downtown to the museums with Grandpa. The Hope Diamond, Butterflies and a little History: Dinner at our favorite Mexican Restaurant An evening at Cirque du Soleil A Family Afternoon for visits and tractor […]

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Book Review – The Black Military Experience in the American West

  This is one of those wonderful books that I have only as a consequence of my friendship with Jim and his wife who run the Alla Book Store in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is really quite a treasure as it was printed in a limited edition of only 100 copies. There are several […]

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Book Review – My Grandfather’s Son, Clarence Thomas

    There is no better introduction to this book than the words on the dustcover: “My first trip to Washington had been to protest the Vietnam War. But now I was part of the decision-making apparatus of the Federal Government – the tiniest possible part, to be sure. But a part all the same. […]

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Book Review – Memoirs of a Slave Trader, Theodore Canot

I have not a clue where I found this book but it’s just the kind of book I love to read –  real life by a real person with all the real details, unpalatable as that might be, associated with life. No ugly detail left out….and this one has a lot of ugly details.   That book […]

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Book Review – The Alaskan Eskimos, Report of the Fifth Thule Expedition 1921-24

    There is a bit of background to this book that is needed to place it properly into perspective: In the works of Joseph Campbell, The Masks of God, there is a quotation from the first volumn that has had great meaning to me: “sila ersinarsinivdlugo – Be Not Afraid of the Universe” When […]

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Book Review – The Coming of Rome – John Wacher

This was a relatively short volumn, less than 200 pages but jammed full of details related to the state of England before the invasion by the Romans (first by Julius Caesar) and then the impacts of that invasion before the Romans finally evacuated the island 300+ years later. I had a bit of difficulty following […]

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