Category Archives: History

I’m Your Goomba, No Matta What

Goomba is Italian slang for friend, and I’m a good one, and stay one, no matter what you do. “Oh, so they dug up heads in your backyard? Hmm, are you in jail? Can I bring you anything?” “I just … Continue reading

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Jefferson Survives…July 4th, 1826

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, both died on July 4th, 1826. Adams was 90, Jefferson, 82. They had been friends, foes, then friends again much of their adult lives. Adams was the one who coaxed Jefferson into writing the Declaration … Continue reading

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Bobby Kennedy Remembered

I was just 14 when Robert Kennedy died, so my reverence for him came much later. It began with journalist, Jack Newfield’s 1998 documentary film…Robert F. Kennedy: A Memoir, taken from his book of the same name. It begins with … Continue reading

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Mary and Jack

Mary McGrory (1918-2004) and John Kennedy (1917-1963) were friends.  They actually dated when they were just cubs making their way in Washington. He became the president, and she, the top woman journalist in D.C. manning a daily column for the Washington … Continue reading

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Those Mystic Chords of Memory

Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address is my favorite speech, especially its final paragraph. It’s always explained my built-in patriotism so easily ignited. As Americans we’re connected, hands held by our ancestors despite not necessarily knowing their names. I remember the … Continue reading

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A Nutty Word.

I’m on a novel kick these days, a real change from memoir and historical bios. I’m so enjoying the language, like the word chestnut, I found twice in two different books. Not the nut roasting on an open fire, but the term for … Continue reading

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Yare, One Neat Word

I was watching The Philadelphia Story (1940) with Katharine Hepburn as Tracy Lord who,  describing a boat she and her ex owned (C.K. Dexter Haven played by Cary Grant) called the True Love says, “My, she was yar.”  I always … Continue reading

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Susannah’s 2018 Spring & Summer Reading List

When people tell me they don’t read, I literally, don’t know what to say being the serial reader that I am. I agree with JFK who said..I just feel a whole lot better when there are books around. A Rift … Continue reading

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Yarn, a Spun Word

I ran into a friend who said, he really enjoys reading the yarns I tell on my blog. The term yarn took me back for a second since I just read in a bio on Lincoln, he loved spinning a … Continue reading

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Those Wacky Presidents

After a friend read, I can name all the U.S. Presidents, he demanded to know how, so I told him. Boy, was he sorry. Washington, the first, is a no-brainer. John Adams the 2nd, Thomas Jefferson, author of The Declaration … Continue reading

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