Category Archives: history

Hasankeyf The Undrowned

The Turkish town of Hasankeyf has existed on the Tigris River for over 12,000 years. This ancient community is now threatened by flooding with the completion of the Ilisu Dam. People had inhabited the spot in the Middle Bronze Age under the Hurrian kings. Its name then is lost to the dust of time, however […]

Yesterday Gone Tomorrow

Back in 2010 my friends left Raspberry Island off Acadia in Maine en route to Millbrook, New York. They experienced a long delay at the Maine Turnpike’s Kittery toll booth. “That’s to be expected there and then.” It was the weekend and everyone was heading north or south. “I was still hell,” said my friend. […]

Handwriting History

Historians attributed authorship of the Declaration of Independence to Thomas Jefferson, despite the Second Continental Congress appointing Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston to aid in the writing of this document. Jefferson wrote the first draft from June 11 to June 28, after which John Adams and Benjamin Franklin revised the text. […]

The First Shot In Anger

150 years ago At 4:30am on Friday, April 12, 1861 Brigadier General Beauregard ordered the secessionist troops manning the artillery batteries of Charleston, South Carolina to open fire on Fort Sumter housing 127 federal troops of which 13 were musicians. Two hours lapse before the Yankee commander allowed Captain Abner Doubleday, the inventor of baseball, […]

No Cinco De Mayo

In the late Spring of 2013 my brother-in-law and I put the dock in the lake. The water temperature was 62 and the sunny air hit 72, which was warm for Southern Maine. David and I went into the water with hesitation, but it wasn’t so bad once we were in the lake. Coming out […]