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We Owe Paris

Did you know Samuel Morse was an accomplished painter before he developed the code that bears his name and changed telegraphy forever? Did you know Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., among many others, studied medicine in Paris and brought his knowledge home, to the great benefit

Would You Give This Guy a Ride?

Those of a certain age may remember when hitchhiking was a thing that one (or at least one’s older siblings) might just do without too many second thoughts about it. Didn’t seem especially dangerous or anything like that. Those of a certain age may also

Being Amazed Never Gets Old

I just finished reading, ‘The Wright Brothers’ by David McCullough. It is a terrific way to rekindle the awe that we should feel about being Americans. Every country throws off both good and bad, for however long history allows it to last, but some glow

Back From the Dead and Onto Bookshelves Everywhere

There are books you fly through. There are books you put down and never pick up again. And then there are books, like Peace Like a River, that you savor. You promise yourself you’ll just read one chapter because you want it to last longer.

The Future of Libraries? Probably Not What You Think

Like many people, I have fond childhood memories of my public library. I borrowed science fiction books and passed many summer afternoons. Libraries remained important throughout my education. They combined the solitude needed to study with on-demand socializing (especially when studying with friends), and access