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. [...]
BATHSHEBA, ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S GRANDMOTHER One of them. Lucy Hanks, from Virginia, is the other [more on her family later]. Bathsheba Herring Lincoln was the wife of our Abe's grandfather. He was killed in Kentucky by Native Americans in 1786. Abraham, father of Thomas, and father of our Abraham. Bathsheba, like the biblical mother of King [...]
THE OTHER ABE AND HIS SON MORDECAI History lies just down the road. The turnpike of rolling time that runs right through your own lifeline. The one right there in front of your door. In my case, it is Shelbyville Road, originally cut by Squire Boone [Daniel's brother] in the late 1700s. An escape route [...]
GEORGE WASHINGTON'S RELIGION So many of us want to believe that the great man thought as we do. That Washington believed in the same things as you. A belief system of one who was a family man, a farmer, a great military leader, and our first President. A role model. And one lifted up [...]
Realism Finds its Way!
Realism is Born!
THE PANDEMIC WE DON'T WANT TO RECOGNIZE It was caused by a virus. Still is. Two, actually, both species of the Genus Lentivirus. And it is a "retrovirus." Tricky in its ability to fool a host cell. Your cell. Here's how. When the virus passes into a human cell, it releases its genetic material within. [...]
"A PLAGUE ON YOUR HOUSES" That was William Shakespeare in his play, "Romeo and Juliet," written in 1592. [Act 3, Scene 1]. Appropriate at this time of our pandemic. For Europe had, by Shakespeare's writing, already suffered two hundred years of the Black Death! Let's investigate. The "Plague" is caused by a lowly bacterium, one [...]
GEORGE WASHINGTON'S FIRST JOB He had maybe a sixth grade education. And not in the same way we go to classes. His father died when he was eleven, leaving him as the oldest child, to care for his mother and siblings. But he set about learning with a focus on fulfilling his ambition. He wanted [...]
"Early one morning, the children grabbed their utility belts and hurried down the creek to the old quarry. Flint flakes were to be the object of their mission. And the hunt for the past enabled its reliving. They discover paw prints in the cracked mud, and track the animal while continuing their search for pieces [...]
Introduction This is a journey log. One of culture, history, and scientific exploration. A recognition that, when we focus on the significant, we often ignore the peripheral things of interest. And there is much to learn about in those places. I love Kentucky, its people, its culture, and its landforms. And I love the fact [...]