Life and Landscapes
A Natural and Cultural History by Ronald R. Van Stockum, Jr.
Approachable knowledge. Very entertaining!!
That was fun!! Good job. But Cheryl carried you!!
Fascinating! Ferdly says EXCELLENT!
Ferdly is fabulous!
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Romans 1:20
Interesting aside, the Rosetta Stone, which provided Jean-Francios Champollion the hard data to reconstruct a meaning for hieroglyphics, was of a part of an obelisk called a stela which posted officials decrees.
Very Nice Reginald. Thank you.
You are very sweet, Mimi. Thanks for listening. Go to the free tab and give The “Little Girl and the Stream” audiobook a listen… Reggie
The top of the Washington monument is crowned with a pyramid ion of made of what was at the time, the most precious metal in the world. Aluminum.
Reflects well too!
Engaging, thought provoking, educational and easy to digest!
Thank you Reggie.
I appreciate the photographs and the historical narrative.
You travel, I learn.
An intriguing and poignant mix of current nonfiction, past fiction, and sweet Tomorrowland plans to make. Big fans here!
Munfordville, KY….Who knew there were so many species, types of mussels….all would be good in a garlicky wine butter sauce. Seriously, very interesting and informative. 👍🏽👍🏽
“We are all, in one way or another, the children of Jules Verne.” – said Ray Bradbury.
“The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest.”- Kurt Vonnegut
Another fine article Sir. You write, I learn.
We learn together!
Viva La France or Verne. Loved it
Very well done, and very helpful in understanding what’s going on and what went on back in 1918 and how similar our two battles are. Thank you!
Thanks so much. In trying to find my own bead on the current tyranny of information (& Trumped-up misinformation), I researched how many in my own family fell to the 1918 pandemic. Just one, that I can confirm, the most creative, a musician, named for a Shakespearian character. Her granddaughter sent boxes of genealogical data, to clear her closets and shed the weight of family history. You’re right-on about the hubris of our era. None of us stand at a pinnacle, but are borne along a tide with all the rest of (known) life. As a member of CRT, I hope to chat in person one day. For now, I’ll hunker down on this hillside, circled by Hoosier Nat. Forest, and walk around the pond for its therapeutic effect. And garden. And sew facemasks to send friends working in senior healthcare sites. And Zoom with my adult kids. And crave time with my 4-month old g-girl!
WOW!!! Good for you!
Excellent my good friend.
Excellent podcast my friend.
Great job describing a complex subject, and with humor as usual! Thanks!
Just great!!! Sounding good too!!!
“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”
Love it… but who’s the beardless guy in the black shirt on the guitar? 😉
Some history of Kentucky in “one glorious summary.”
The chord progressions in this song have become favorites of mine.
I play them every week in various keys, usually in very slow tempo and sometimes with harmonicas.
Thank you for sharing this rockabilly version.
It is especially nice with two favorite musicians, Paul and Tom.
I don’t try to sing this but I do love the the lyrics and the Kentucky history.
One line which has baffled me somewhat is “from the Blockhouse they would come.”
I suspect this refers to the blockhouse that was at Fort Harrod?
Thanks, Darrell, I was thinking of several stockades, Stamford, Harrod and Painted Stone
Actually, The first mention of the I’d can be found in the Old Testament, Jeremiah 1:5, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart”
Reggie, when we were in first and second grade, we were next door neighbors and best friends at Camp Lejeune, NC. Our dads were in the Marine Corps. I have a picture of us, and maybe a younger brother of yours. Incredible how much you still look like that kid I lived next to . Congratulations on your many successes. Bob Colmer-Clearwater, Fl
Wow, Bob, that was a long time ago! My dad is still alive. Can you take a picture of the picture and send it to Rvs@vanstockum.com
Great podcast — I don’t remember the pro-war signs at Prep, but I distinctly remember that night of the first draft. But I couldn’t bear to watch the draft, going to a basketball game instead. On walking up the hill to my high-rise dorm, I saw windows breaking as male students threw their TV sets out the window upon getting the low number that they thought was a death sentence. For too many, it was. Seared into my memory. I was fortunate with the draft number 353.
I too lived through the 60’s & early 70’s in protest, wonder and celebration. My outlet had finally arrived from a culture that stifled my existence by demanding conformity to a way of life that I disagreed with at the very core of my soul. The outlet, the brotherhood, that was lived and believed in, fell prey to time as fire cools without a flame. Only an ember that brightens within the few of us who remember with passion the call to live beyond the fenced yard of safe and secure. I sense within the movement of then that is rising to be heard. Spoken through art, music and the poet’s word, we still want to be heard, but they still aren’t listening nor do they understand.
Interesting articel on science and summer storms, I enjoyed reading this.
Opps typo, article spelled articel !@#?
Awesome!! Each of the soloists is so talented and powerful! And you are all great as unit! Bravo!!
Great read, Reggie. The evolution of our alphabet and mathematics out of the need to maintain crop records and land ownership is indeed fascinating
Thank you for your thoughtful writings.
I liked it. Very interesting synopsis. I worked 18 years in the Cabinet, retiring in 2018, so I saw a few memories, and a lot of new information.
I saw an error, in the Endnotes; Peter Goodmann spells his last name with two “n”s.
Thanks, Susan. Sorry, Peter. I am fixing that right now!
Fascinating and very comprehensive read, Reggie!
Thanks for posting this summary and timeline! I was asked to prepare a very short history of the Division of Waste Management recently, and it’s amazing how much of this information is being lost.
Thanks Dale, your history of the division would be most welcome! Reggie
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond is a marvelous book if people want to learn more of the connections between colonization and the role germs played in that process. Another good book on the topic is 1491: New Revelations of the America before Columbus by Charles Mann
Great article … sitting inside in a smoke filled world out here in California, it shows the many sides of how vulnerable we are …
Fascinating. This kind of story should have been published in newspapers so people could understand the context of what we’re dealing with here. Bravo!
I can only imagine what it took for scholars to figure the Mayan calendar out, unless there were modern-day Mayans who understood it.
Interesting. It is amazing what they knew and how they might have known it.
First one of yours I’ve read. Cannot detect any political bias. Good.
In the military or any public office your oath is to protect and serve all Americans regardless
of race, religion, sex, creed, and so forth. Wish this applied to the media who makes more
money on lies, rumors, and innuendos than often more boring facts.
Terrific history! I’d known some of the story, but your details really filled in some gaps. And your questions about what we’d have done…. I wonder…. Bravo. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
Very well written. I am probably the only person who will comment that the 1918 Influenza had anything positive about it. My grandfather(1900-1977) was a young Marine at Parris Island. He caught the first wave of the flu and survived. He was big for the time, 6 ft. at age 17, and was being trained to be a machine gunner, a job that would most likely have gotten him killed. Since he had survived, he was told he was immune and now was a hospital orderly. He said the Base Hospital had expanded into a gymnasium filled with cots. There were no ventilators, or respirators or oxygen therapy any kind and no antiviral drugs. All through daylight hours, he and the other orderlies carried out the dead as they passed. The ones who died at night were left in their bunks until first light. They were kept as comfortable as possible until they rallied or died. Nurses were busy writing letters for those who were lucid and could speak. He said that at that time, two Marines accompanied every deceased Marine home to his family and attended the funeral. I get the feeling that there were other complete wards on this base full of people who were completely miserable, unfit for duty but not on death’s door. What my grandfather described sounded like the Plague, 50% mortality or more. I know that the death rate was actually in the single digits so he must have been working in the triaged ‘dying ward’. If Covid is as deadly it will kill over 2 million Americans . I don’t think that will happen, and I guess we can take some comfort from that.
Sad to think our tradition of ugly Americans goes back so far.