Famous Common People I Have Known, Miss Spassky, the Little Sparrow

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My own school closing down, I spent my last three years of high school in another coal camp a few miles up the creek. I had many adventures there since I was still a virgin...

Famous Common Places I Have Known, Ma Martin’s on North Lime

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Rick Wilson's really poor affectation of hillbilly mannerisms and slang put me in mind of one of my fondest memories of my college days, a bar on the other side of Lexington, Kentucky where...

A Brief Natural History of Historians; Telling a Horse from a Mule

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While people are being hornswoggled about the good intentions of journalists, they also should consider similar intentions of some historians. You see, there are the historians who report insights and facts about the past, and there are the journalists who then bake...

Protecting “Democracy in America” from Hot-Tub Socialists

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Gunnar Myrdal was a Swedish Nobel Prize academician who was many thing to many people; social scientist, economist, and classic social liberal of the 1940s and 50s. So far as I know, however, he...

Mrs Brophy and the Ring Dang Doo

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I've told stories of my mountain home before, and also stories about the differences between racial feelings about blacks and whites in the South and in the North at the time of Martin Luther King. We had two major...

Judging Beauty, Goodness and Virtue

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"If you judge Beauty or Goodness or Virtue solely based on what you see in the mirror you will likely die a painful death...whether old or young. Just ask Kurt Cobain" from St George Frederick, an old friend returned.