Category Archives: History

Corners — Box-like Homes are Trending

  All corners, that’s my take on this large residence in Palo Alto. Most new homes in Palo Alto are much larger than the home they replace; many are two story with a full basement. And, a popular style is … Continue reading

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Partners — Brexit 1776, Hamilton (the musical)

A slow recovery from pneumonia is more pleasant if you take a good book from your library and play some music — I’ve been listening to Hamilton (the original cast recording) and reading along in Hamilton—The Revolution. Two hours of glorious, … Continue reading

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Curve — American Buckaroo in Action

This buckaroo is all business. The loop of her lasso curves through the air, and that calf is sure to be branded (or marked) before returning to the herd. The scene is the Stewart’s 96 ranch in Paradise Valley, NV. Paradise Valley is … Continue reading

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The Robber Barons—High-speed Rail in California

Where are the poets when you need them? Won’t some poet sing the praises of this beautiful new train? On July 7, 2012 the California Senate approved a bill authorizing construction of a 130-mile stretch of the high-speed rail down … Continue reading

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Homage to Women–International Women’s Day

Homage to Women by Mico Kaufman stands in a small shaded park on Market St. in  Lowell, MA. The statue is part of the Lowell National Historical Park, which celebrates the textile industry that was founded in the mills along … Continue reading

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Gertrude Stein: The Novel Ida, Fame and Celebrity

Alice B. Toklas was 29 years old in 1908 when she left her home in San Francisco for Paris. She met Gertrude Stein the day she arrived in Paris and the star struck Toklas was moved to write: “She was … Continue reading

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Alabama—Crossing Over, African-Americans, Descendants of Slaves

The quilt in the photo was one of bed covers featured in the 2006 De Young Museum exhibition The Quilts of Gee’s Bend. All the quilts in the exhibit were hand-made by the women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Many of … Continue reading

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