Reading Time: 2 minutes Today is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. At one time we celebrated it as a national holiday. Today, though, the world little notes nor long remembers it. This display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Illinois, is titled “Lincoln Fights Fake News.” The book is an unauthorized biography a friend sent him to fact-check after […]Read More Week in Review: Week 6
Reading Time: 2 minutes Visitors to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library may be surprised that the man who held together the North and South is admired in the East as he is in the West.Read More Abe Lincoln in China?
Reading Time: < 1 minute Abraham Lincoln had two faces: A gentle, humorous right side and a “primitive” left side. Doctors explain why.Read More The two faces of Honest Abe
Reading Time: < 1 minute Writers often have to decide which is more important: literal accuracy or historical truth. Screenwriter Tony Kushner said he had his reasons.Read More The wrong side of history
Reading Time: < 1 minute Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day popped up on the calendar this past week, and my post about it got the most views of any post so far this year. Since the start of this blog more than three years ago, the most-read post is The birth of Bubble Wrap, so that’s no surprise. Probably that’s because […]Read More Week in Review: Week 5
Reading Time: < 1 minute The simplest solution to avoid the whole pronoun identity problem is to avoid the third person singular entirely. Each person has a name. Use it.Read More Those pesky personal pronouns
Reading Time: < 1 minute The whole groundhog-seeing-his-shadow thing an example of a false dichotomy. (And yes, I know the picture is a prairie dog. I’ll explain.)Read More the groundhog never loses
Reading Time: 2 minutes Every day is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day for the first kid to ever pop the plastic bubbles. That would be me.Read More It’s Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day!
Reading Time: < 1 minute I took some time off this week to work on other projects. They weren’t all creative; I’m working on some reports and major projects for a nonprofit group.Read More Week in Review: Week 4
Reading Time: < 1 minute There are chilling similarities between 1942 and 2022, both in Europe and in the Pacific. Here, too. “I bet they’re asleep in New York. I bet they’re asleep all over America.”Read More “Vive la démocratie!”