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Children and Ovens

Arriving at the border seeking asylum is an ancient practice among civilized societies, one that has been legally sanctioned in society for decades, in some cases centuries. If you have found a way to justify children being torn from their parents at our border, rest assured you will find a way to justify when they are ...

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Moose Safari

It was not in my youth that I developed a lasting affection for the moose, and that is not unusual, given that I grew up in southern Illinois where any sighting of a moose would have been a harbinger of the apocalypse. It’s possible that my first taste of moose love began in college when ...

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Collector Extraordinaire #1: Cynthia Elyce Rubin

By the time Cynthia Elyce Rubin had finished the renovations in her Manhattan apartment on the Upper West Side, acting as her own general contractor as she tore down walls and made two tiny apartments into one, she hadn’t thought about her postcard collection in a while. A student in folk art, in fact the ...

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The Mounds and The Arch

I grew up in southern Illinois, near St. Louis, so I went to the Arch dozens of times, but I never went to Cahokia Mounds. The Arch is an amazing architectural structure, and the view from the top is remarkable (even if it is a little unsettling on windy days when you can feel the ...

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Great Graves: John Hancock

John Hancock. Patriot, revolutionary, President of the Second Continental Congress, first and third Governor of Massachusetts. Also a Mr. Big Bucks, one of the richest men in the original thirteen colonies. Like many of our super-wealthy, he didn’t do diddley to earn that fortune but rather inherited his uncle’s mercantile business. Thus, perhaps it shouldn’t ...

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Grandma Moses and the Bennington Museum

Before we get to Grandma Moses, I need to make a public service announcement: If you are driving to Bennington, Vermont, from the west, once you hit Hoosick, New York, you will be told that in that village you can visit a home, not the home but a home, of Chester A. Arthur, America’s 21st ...

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