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TALE OF THE CHEROKEE PHOENIX

THE CHEROKEE PHOENIX was the first Native American newspaper printed in its own language. Its story begins with the Cherokee polymath Sequoyah in 1821 and, with a lamentable hiatus, continues … Continue reading

March 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

RECALLING THE AUSTIN MINI MOKE

WHO CAN FORGET the Mini Moke? Certainly not me, because had it not been for this minimalist offspring of the Austin Mini, I would likely not be writing SimanaitisSays today. … Continue reading

March 30, 2020 · 1 Comment

COVID-19 AND THE SEASONS—PRELIMINARY SCIENTIFIC THOUGHTS

SCIENCE—NOT “FEELINGS” or hunches—should guide our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 20, 2020, Science, the weekly journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, published “Sick … Continue reading

March 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

MY SOCIAL DISTANCING THE RING OF THE NIBELUNGEN

LIKE SO MANY other organizations, cultural and otherwise, the Metropolitan Opera has cancelled the remainder of its 2019-2020 season, including all performances and, hence, Live in HD transmissions. Met Streaming. … Continue reading

March 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

ASSESSING OUR LADY

THE GOAL OF RESTORING Paris’s Notre Dame cathedral by 2024 has encouraged scientific analyses of this historical building. Science, March 13, 2020, devoted a major article to these endeavors. Here … Continue reading

March 27, 2020 · 2 Comments

OUR NATIONAL ADDLED UNCLE

IT IS A concern when an addled uncle upsets family gatherings with irrationality on one thing or another. It is even more an embarrassment when our national leader behaves this … Continue reading

March 26, 2020 · 4 Comments

MOUSER DESCENDANTS MAKE GOOD IN MADAGASCAR

THE ISLAND OF Madagascar in the Indian Ocean has no indigenous cat populations. But it does have an elusive feline twice the size of a house cat. Researchers say this … Continue reading

March 25, 2020 · Leave a comment