History

The subversive power of political parties

This post first appeared on Pied Type back in February 2011 under the title “The Prescience of George Washington.” With the increasing absurdity of our current presidential campaign, election day still months away, and Washington a hopelessly gridlocked partisan disaster, it seems… Read More ›

A bit of Flatiron history

Some readers might recognize these rock formations as The Flatirons, a Boulder, Colorado, landmark. Symbol of the city, they rise from the foothills just southwest of town and are visible from miles away. (Weather permitting, they can be seen with… Read More ›

The more things change …

One hundred fifty years ago today, on April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth. The president died the following morning, just a week after the end of the Civil War.

More on ice chips and horses

An addendum/correction to my earlier post about ice deliveries in the 1940s: I got a note from my older brother last night regarding my recollections about ice deliveries, ice chips, etc. He’s nine years older than I and has a much… Read More ›