Category Archives: History

A Surreal Time

It feels surreal that in 2017 there should be demonstrations in favor of white supremacy and nationalism.  Did these men study history at all in school?  Do they have any sense of obligation to the generation that fought against and … Continue reading

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Different Visions

Jean and I attended the Women’s March in Boston last Saturday, one of 600+ marches worldwide, to promote a very different vision than that of President Trump.  It was exciting to be part of a crowd of 175,000 people, women, … Continue reading

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Fools Rush In…

I have nearly finished reading War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy for the even more enjoyable second time around.   It is an awe-inspiring commentary on the human condition and great storytelling as well.  I think that Volume 4, Part 3 … Continue reading

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Themed Travel: the Rockefellers and the Roosevelts

Chaucer opens his Prologue to the Canterbury Tales by telling us that with the prospect of Spring (“Lent” in old English) peoples’ thoughts turn to pilgrimages.  For a longtime pilgrimages would be the only form of travel beyond the local … Continue reading

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The Big Read: When the Emperor Was Divine

The City of Attleboro, Massachusetts, where I have lived for 24 years, participates in the annual Big Read, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts ( It is a community wide program of reading and discussing together a book … Continue reading

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FDR – a book review with the 2012 elections in mind.

In the 1930s the U.S.A. was in the worst economic crisis of modern times.  By the 1940s the nation faced unprecedented wars on two fronts.  The country was in desperate need for leadership and was willing to elect a presidential … Continue reading

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The Struggle For Religious Freedom in the Seventeenth Century

An invitation from the Attleboro Historical Preservation Society to speak about Baptist history and the English roots of our community led me to research and give a talk on the struggle for religious freedom on both sides of the Atlantic during … Continue reading

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