For Whom the Bell Tolls (for Students at the University of Arizona, that’s who)

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US Army Captain Wilber (Bill) Bowers was in the shipyard at the Puget Sound Naval Station in Washington, in 1944, looking for “something to signal gunmen with,” according to one newspaper account. What exactly what that would have been, I … Continue reading

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My Favorite Things 2016

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I don’t seem to have strayed far from home in 2016. Too busy with the move, I suppose. But I did do a lot of activities in the DC area — a “last chance before I leave” thing.  So here’s … Continue reading

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Presidio San Augustin del Tucson

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“La forma!” shouted the commander to his troops.  At least, that’s what it sounded like to me. I don’t speak Spanish — except the few words I remember from lessons in a past century — so it’s just a guess. The troops … Continue reading

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Dia de Muertos

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A pint-sized Dracula stood at my door.  “I want blood.” “Sorry, all I’ve got are Kit Kat bars,” I said, dropping one into his open bag. He mumbled his thanks and, more mouse than bat, scurried off into the darkness. … Continue reading

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No Hell in Helldorado

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“Let’s take a break from this,” I said to Mr. History Tourist last Saturday, indicating all the unpacked boxes that cluttered our new house in Tucson, “and go to Tombstone.” He lifted his head out of a bin of 1000 … Continue reading

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National Museum of African American History

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I know that I said I wouldn’t be posting again until I moved to Tucson, and I’m still in DC but….  The Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture opens today and I had to opportunity to … Continue reading

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The Final Fourth

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Happy Independence Day! It commemorates (for my non-US readers) the day — July 4, 1776 — that the American colonies claimed their independence from England. Each year, the US National Archives — which is the keeper of the original Declaration … Continue reading

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