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PASTIME WITH GOOD COMPANY

GIVEN COVID-19’S SUGGESTED pastime at home sans company, I got to thinking about fulfilling ways to hunker down. Recently here I cited armchair travel. Today, tidbits touch on Henry VIII … Continue reading

March 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

ON EQUALITY, MATHWISE AND OTHERWISE PART 1

“THE SQUARE OF the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides.” Apart from giving us the pun about squaws sleeping on various hides, … Continue reading

March 22, 2020 · 2 Comments

INTERNATIONAL AIR RACES AND POLITICS—1920

THE ROAR OF the Roaring Twenties could well have been airplanes setting new records. World War I aviation technology would be transformed into peaceful endeavors of air mail and the … Continue reading

March 21, 2020 · 2 Comments

RALLY ’ROUND THE FLAG PART 2

YESTERDAY’S FLAG LORE had theories and practices of political science, religion, combustion, and inversion. Today in Part 2, the flag is monochromatically bland, though we’ll see that white flags have … Continue reading

March 20, 2020 · 1 Comment

RALLY ’ROUND THE FLAG PART 1

THE RALLY ’ROUND the Flag Effect is a political-science concept not exactly evident today. As detailed in Wikipedia, the concept describes an “increased short-run popular support of the President of … Continue reading

March 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

ICELAND—LAND OF OPERA, SCULPTURE, AND STREET FOOD AT 1 A.M.

ARMCHAIR TRAVEL IS a blessing these days. And, for me, old travel books provide the vehicle. Cook’s Traveller’s Handbook to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, 1936, is a fine example … Continue reading

March 18, 2020 · 1 Comment