June Is Bustin' Out All Over!

I’ve mentioned my penchant for playing an internal soundtrack based on whatever is going on around me. Just like clockwork ? or calendar-work ? June 1 of each year brings a rock-solid guarantee that the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “June Is Bustin” Out All Over,? a raucous celebration of the turning of the seasons, will […]

Memorial Day and Our Oldest Vets

Sorry about the ?radio silence? for much of the past few days ? it’s a function of the slam-bang schedule we?ve been having. I simply could not, however, merely drift into Memorial Day without writing this post. I’m as excited as anyone that this weekend marks the unofficial start of summer in the United States. […]

My Blog-Editing Philosophy

It has been suggested that I should consider altering the opening line from my recent post about a poetry reading I attended: ?Attending poetry readings seems like one of the great fringe benefits of my job, except that occasions such as last evening?s are free and open to the public at large.? The implication was […]

Today in History: Quadricentennial Edition

“America” has a lot of birthdays. There’s that familiar one dating back to July 4, 1776. And we’ve written about one recent 500th birthday for “America.” But today’s “TIH” marks another major milestone for this country. On this date in 1607, the first permanent English settlement in North America was established at Jamestown in what […]