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

Photo of water tower in Lincoln County, North Carolina.

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

Photo credit: Joe Nickell’s Snake Oil Collection.

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

An old sign in Trumpistan…

“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?

Hank Willis Thomas’s sculpture, “Rise Up,” at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama.


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

Citizens of Tournai bury plague victims, by Pierart dou Tielt (fl. 1340–1360) — Public Domain.

“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

“First White House of the Confederacy” in Montgomery, across the street from the Alabama State Capitol (2018).

“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.

Wake Forest Law Class of 1903, with Walter Ney Keener seated on the far right, first row — Public Domain.

“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…

Emergency hospital for soldiers from Kansas — a possible geographic origin of the “Spanish flu” (Public Domain).

“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…

Santa Claus, by Thomas Nast (1881) — Public Domain.

“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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