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September 17, 2019
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Hi! Len and I returned home at 1:30AM from our 15-day road trip through eastern Canada and Maine and more.  

September 17, 2019
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Sault is a French word that mean topsy-turvy as in the rapids on the St. Mary river that tumbles between the US and Canada. Or summersaults. Isn’t that cute?

July 3, 2019
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I’m reading a new book about the Upper Midwest, late 1500’s - 1750ish.  The book is Indian Women and French Men; Rethinking Cultural Encounter in the Western Great Lakes, by Susan Sleeper-Smith - and I am reading it as avidly as my granddaughter listens to story hour. 

May 5, 2019
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 I finally finished reading “Empire by Collaboration” by Robert Michael Morrisey. It is a history of the Mississippi River from what is now the general St. Louis area down to its confluence with the Ohio River. This is the area Len and I traveled to see the solar eclipse in August 2017.

November 1, 2018
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Happy All Saints Day.

Today (though it will probably be yesterday by the time I get this written) we are going to discuss Catholic missionary types who proselytized Mississippi watershed country in the mid-to-late 1600’s.

January 17, 2018
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Do you go to museums? I enjoy them, but I think they are more complicated than we give them credit for.

December 7, 2017
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This is my take on a slow podcast that somewhere along the line became fascinating.  Ben Franklin’s World - https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/episode-161-smuggling-american-revolution/

November 7, 2017
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This is my first published writing. It appeared in 1984 in The Other Side, a social-activist evangelical publication based in Philadelphia, PA.

August 7, 2017
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Instead of marinating in the political dysfunction around us, let's watch how an imperfect but worthy politican acted in his time and his crisis. 

August 6, 2017
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“As I understand it, laws, commands, rules and edicts are for those who have not the light which makes plain the pathway.” Anne Hutchinson

 Who was Anne Hutchinson? 

This Puritan woman was strong and smart. She PERSISTED in teaching Bible studies to women in her own home, which irritated Puritan male leaders who weren't as beloved ... and it didn't end well.