“A [true] Witch Story” (from 1899) that still resonates.

In 1899, The Newton Enterprise tells us “A Witch Story” that’s apparently true and seems to have some relevance to current events. Chris Detter claimed to be a witch doctor and “represented himself to [Martin Smith] that his sister, an inmate of his house, was bewitched.” …

Pass the green tea, dark chocolates, and muscadine grapes…

“Some of the loudest, most proudly ignorant guessing in the world is going on in Washington today. Our leaders are sick of all the solid information that has been dumped on humanity by research and scholarship and investigative reporting. They think that the whole country is sick of it, and…

Try Bad Moon Rising or just stick with the Tulsa playlist…

“Where words leave off, music begins.” ― Heinrich Heine (as quoted in Peter’s Quotations, 1977)

Leonard Cohen’s Estate was “surprised and dismayed” that “Hallelujah” was played at the Republican National Convention in August and suggested that they might have considered approval of “You Want It Darker” instead. …

And why are their monuments still standing on public property?

“I think it well…not to keep open the sores of war, but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife and to commit to oblivion the feelings it engendered.” — Robert E. …

“It concerns the years past and the shadows they cast…”

“I believe that a thought has just gotten caught, In a place where words can’t surround it. It concerns the years past and the shadows they cast, And my path as I walk around it.” — John Prine, “The Third of July” (2003)

I couldn’t watch much of the dystopian…

Personal and historical reflections on this past week

“Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as you obey Christ.” —Ephesians 6:5

In three U.S. states, his birthday is celebrated as a public holiday. A statue in his honor stands in the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol, and his Presidential Library…

Annotated by a third cousin twice removed, with timeline.

“What’s natural is the microbe. All the rest — health, integrity, purity (if you like) — is a product of the human will, of a vigilance that must never falter. The good man, the man who infects hardly anyone, is the man who has the fewest lapses of attention.” …

Thanks to my father’s brother by another mother…

“Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.” — Ernest Hemingway (1932)

In 1915 my dad’s older brother by another mother, George, was born and my great grandfather (also named George, or “GW” — short for…

With an important purpose and timely message for us all…

“In theory, there is no difference between practice and theory. In practice, there is.” — Jan van de Snepscheut (1986), “overheard at a computer science conference.”

When the “jolly old elf ” made his first appearance (1862) in a Union Army camp during the American Civil War, the modern image

Wilhelm Kühner

Pruning the “tangled thicket” of Kühner (Keener) Genealogie in Amerika and reflecting on its relevance to current events.

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