The True Tale of Grandma Rathbone: An Odd Coincidence At Lincoln’s Birth and Death

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I grew up in Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace and my family traded Lincoln stories like many others in the area. My maternal grandmother liked to say that we were related to the woman who served as midwife at the future president’s More …

Booz Clues

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Edward Snowdon was working for the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton when he ran off to Hong Kong to reveal how the NSA spies on American and foreign citizens. Steven Colbert explained that the firm was named after “our drunkest More …

Where’d He Go?

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I haven’t posted a while because I’ve been writing regular Monday posts at my friend Robert’s Philosophy Bistro. Check the whole site out here:

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A Hard Way to Drive a Dog Mad

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The river in the title is not the one you expect.

My friend Miles recommended Wade Davis’s One River as a good way to learn more about the medicinal and religious uses of plants in the Amazon. I’m pretty late More …

Welcome to Warbassport

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Pioneers in Washington Territory seem to have had a time coming up with appealing names for their settlements. Arthur Denny decided on the name Seattle partially as a tribute to the Duwamish chief who had been so friendly to him More …