Category Archives: History

What Will Be?

My life looks nothing like the one I had a year ago right before the virus hit. It feels as if I’m living someone else’s, having no clue how to get the old one back. I remember working downtown on … Continue reading

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Did You Know…American Civil War Edition

At 4:30 a.m. on April 12th, 1861, the American Civil War began. Four years later on April 9th, 1865, after 620,000 men mostly boys many between the ages of 13 and 17 died, ended. President Abraham Lincoln being told, there … Continue reading

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War Is Hell

I was perusing Bruce Catton’s classic book, Surrender at Appomattox, when I came across William Tecumseh Sherman’s famous quote, war is hell. After accepting the pandemic as a foreign enemy we just can’t see, I’ve concluded, it sure is. Seems … Continue reading

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Susannah’s Spring, Summer Reading List…2021

I’ve been on a French kick… so try picturing me in a beret with an Hermes scarf tied coquettishly around my neck, humming Frère Jacques. Books can do that, change your identity so even your own mother wouldn’t know you. … Continue reading

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Best Story of the Week…March 19th

I’m en route to the dentist way downtown. I have two. Dr. Levine whose fees rival college tuition, and the place my insurance overs. I choose the latter hoping they can tell me without emptying my wallet, why my gum … Continue reading

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Did You Know…Hollywood Edition Part 2

 In 1977, Carrie Fisher was only 19 years-old when she played Princess Leia in the legendary film, Star Wars. Sophia Loren turned down the amour of Cary Grant for director Carlo Ponti’s, instead.   Was she dropped on her head? … Continue reading

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Lights Still Shining

There are stars whose radiance is visible on Earth though they have long been extinct. There are people whose brilliance continues to light the world though they are no longer among the living. These lights are particularly bright when the … Continue reading

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Did You Know…Everything But The Kitchen Sink Edition

The Statue of Liberty has an 879 size foot, a 35 foot waist and a face 8 feet long. Now that’s what I call a big girl.   French President, Charles de Gaulle was 6’5, an inch taller than Abraham Lincoln, … Continue reading

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If You Don’t Know, Ask

There’s nothing wrong with not knowing something. Unfortunately many people are ashamed to ask. I was like that, feeling small because I hadn’t attended college. When people now are surprised by this, it makes me smile. A woman I knew … Continue reading

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A Little Historical Lore

Since one plague can lead to another… Dr. Samuel Mudd (1833-1883) comes to mind, remembering the Yellow Fever epidemic that broke out at Fort Jefferson in the Gulf of Mexico, in 1868. Dr. Mudd was imprisoned there for setting the … Continue reading

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