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Monthly Archives: February, 2022

DOWN EAST CHATTEH PART 2

THIS CONTINUES SHARING MY favorite New England expressions and phrases, as compiled by Charles Fry Haywood in his Yankee Dictionary. Parson’s Nose. Haywood is both succinct and technical on this … Continue reading

February 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

DOWN EAST CHATTEH PART 1

WHEN I RECENTLY UNEARTHED Charles Fry Haywood’s Yankee Dictionary, I naturally turned to René, Maine pal/family member to learn which of these New England expressions were familiar to her. Published … Continue reading

February 27, 2022 · 1 Comment

A MAN, HIS THINGS MECHANICAL—AND HIS SISTER VERA

GEORGE EDWARD MILLIGEN was born in 1910; he died in 2004, shortly after which his collection of things mechanical was auctioned by Bonhams at the Goodwood Revival Sale 2004.  Here … Continue reading

February 26, 2022 · Leave a comment

SHELDON LEONARD: “HI’YA, BUD. C’MERE….”

I WAS WATCHING BOGART and Bacall in To Have and Have Not; not for the first time, I note. This time around, though, I recognized another cast name. His face … Continue reading

February 25, 2022 · 2 Comments

AIRWAYS OF AMERICA—1933 PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE FOLLOWED a 1933 airways route from New York to San Francisco, based on A.K. Loebeck’s book Airways of America Guidebook No. 1 United Air Lines. Here in Part … Continue reading

February 24, 2022 · 1 Comment

AIRWAYS OF AMERICA—1933 PART 1

“THE SENSATION OF FLYING is not what most people imagine…. There is perfect calmness, possibly a feeling of exhilaration, never one of fear.” This, from cartographer and artist Armin K. … Continue reading

February 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

NORTH KOREA TRIPPIN’

ARMCHAIR TRAVEL CAN be enlightening and entertaining. To wit, Michael Palin’s North Korea Journal. British polymath Palin is a member of the Monty Python comedy group and is also a … Continue reading

February 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH—COMEDIC BARISTA

GLORIOUS BACH. OF COURSE. Majestic Bach. Sure. But comedic Bach?? And a purveyor of coffee??  Yes, as confirmed by his Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, BWV 211, aka Kaffeekantate. Wikipedia describes … Continue reading

February 21, 2022 · 1 Comment

PALM SPRINGS MODERNISM WEEK 2022

I SUSPECT MY mathematician’s appreciation of rectilinearity attracts me to Midcentury Modern. SimanaitisSays has already celebrated this architectural genre in “California Cool” and “Postwar Architecture: Specialists’ Views.  Now from February … Continue reading

February 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

JOHN W. BURGESS—MUSEUM CURATOR/ARTIST/DIRT TRACK RACER

JOHN BURGESS KNEW AUTOMOBILES extremely well and also admired the American West. I have proof positive of this through his artwork and through knowing him as director/curator of Briggs Cunningham’s … Continue reading

February 19, 2022 · 1 Comment