Monthly Archives: August 2015

Amber’s Swedish History – Chapter 14

(Click on photos to enlarge.) It’s been a while since my last history post. I’ve taken a lot of time off this summer – a Swedish tradition. So . . . Where was I? Gustav II Adolf 1549 – 1632. … Continue reading

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Robert Crumb’s Birthday

  Taken from Writer’s Almanac – 30 August 2015 It’s the birthday Robert Dennis Crumb, born 1943. His father was a combat illustrator for 20 years while serving in the Marines. Crumb’s mother was addicted to diet pills. It was … Continue reading

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Friday

Friday at Last I sent out invitations to summon guests. I collected together All my friends. Loud talk And simple feasting Discussion of philosophy Investigation of subtleties. Tongues lessened And minds at one. Cheng-Kung Sui

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New Orleans Birthday

Taken From Writer’s Almanac 25 August. On this day in 1718, French immigrants founded the city of New Orleans. Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville named the new settlement for Philippe II, the Duke of Orléans. The duke was the regent … Continue reading

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All Great Men

Names and faces “Great men are almost always bad men.” Quote: John Dalbergd-Acton, a historian, been dead a hundred years now. His definition had nothing to do with morality, wisdom, or great accomplishments. He was thinking of ‘great’ in terms … Continue reading

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Bukowski’s Birthday

Today is the birthday of Charles Bukowski, who The Washington Post called, “The poet laureate of sour alleys and dark bars, of racetracks and long shots.” Born in Andernach, Germany (1920). He wrote more than 45 books of poetry and … Continue reading

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Berlin Wall

Grafitti on remaining section of wall. 20 Anniversary of the fall – 2011 (Click to enlarge) Construction of the Berlin Wall began on this date – 1961. After World War II. Berlin lay completely within Soviet territory, but it was … Continue reading

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