When Radio Ruled

  WHEN RADIO RULED  When I came of age, television had invaded our lives.  Ed Sullivan showed us the Beatles, and the nightly news showed us the daily body counts of the dead in Vietnam. Civil Rights, and the Women's Movement.  Revolution in our culture.  Rebellion in our generation.  But change had had preceded us.  [...]

George Washington at Twenty-One

GEORGE WASHINGTON AT TWENTY-ONE Do you remember when you were twenty-one? When you thought you were so incredibly strong. You soon enough began to feel the power in your future begin to weaken, as you prepared yourself for the long run. George Washington of the monument was once twenty-one, and a provincial officer set to [...]

George Washington Before the War

GEORGE WASHINGTON BEFORE THE WAR Before that later, more famous war. The revolutionary one. I'm talking here about the earlier, less talked about war. The one not as well known. The"French and Indian War." James Fenimore Cooper wrote about it in "The Last of the Mohicans." You saw the movie. You remember Hawkeye. "No matter [...]

The Forum Romanum

THE FORUM ROMANUM Perhaps you've been there before, or just wanted to go. You know, "Et tu, Brute?" That was Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Don't we learn most about ourselves and our history through Shakespeare and the Bible? That is what Orson Wells thought, but he also thought we were being invaded by Martians. At least [...]

Making Soap in Shelby County

  MAKING SOAP IN SHELBY COUNTY I teach the four general categories of organic compounds in my Junior College class. "Organic" originally meant that such a compound was produced by life forms. Not always the case, but a good enough definition for this essay. The four categories are carbohydrates (simple sugars, starch, cellulose), proteins (amino [...]