Category Archives: history

Tar In The Blood

My father’s side of the family arrived on the the Mayflower. They were Howlands. My Irish Nana sailed on a ship a deck above steerage in the Year of the Crow. She was 14. In 1966 my parents enrolled my name in the ranks of The Sons of Colonial Wars and Mayflower Descendants. As an […]

George Washington # 1

Three years ago George Washington was voted Britain’s greatest enemy commander by a poll over nearly 8000 people held by the War Museum in London, beating out IRA leader Michael Collins, Napoleon Bonaparte, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. Washington’s posthumous victory was explained by a prominent historian, […]

The Elegance of the Wampanoags

The Wampanoags were not the savages. The people of the dawn were near extinction from a bacterial infection carried the settlers and wars with the Micmacs and Pequots. Despite these calamities the natives living near the Plymouth supposedly helped the Pilgrims celebrated a good harvest in 1621. The event is poorly documented by the colonists, […]

The Dream Is Never Over

After spending a lovely night in Houston, JFK and his wife boarded the presidential jet for a short hop to Dallas. The crowds lining the route applauded the president and his hostess, Mrs. Connolly, commented, Dallas loved him and he replied, “That’s very obvious.” The single bullet and then another struck JFK within a second […]

11-11-1918

My grandfather and grandmother met in France. The year was 1917. They served together in a frontline hospital for the Royal Canadian Medical Expedition. They came home with German helmets, bayonets, zeppelin debris, and medals as souvenirs of that horrible conflict. Neither had much use for God after witnessing the carnage of trench warfare. Today […]