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CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS ON THE WAY TO THE NORTH POLE 1907 -1908

Before 1908, other than Santa Claus, no human being had reached the North Pole, although many had tried and failed. Some had unfortunately died for their efforts. In the year 1908, two serious contenders were preparing for victory over nature. One was a respected medical Doctor and explorer with very little financial support and no friends  Continue Reading »

A PRESIDENTIAL INVITATION TO MADNESS

  154 years ago this month, April 14, 1865, Mary and Abraham Lincoln invited a young couple to join them to see the popular English comedy play “Our American Cousin.” As it turned out, the  simple, kind invitation doomed the recipients to madness and death after they witnessed President Lincoln’s assassination. AN UNCONVENTIONAL COUPLE    Continue Reading »

WOMEN WHO FLY

It’s Women’s History Month and I’ve been researching some of the women pioneers of aviation. Perhaps the most famous woman aviator was Amelia Earhart and I have been fortunate enough to publish an audiobook of one of her memoirs, “20 Hrs. 40 Mins.”  But Earhart followed a long line of women pioneers. Consider, for example,  Continue Reading »

THE WORLD FAMOUS AUTHOR WHO VANISHED

On the chilly Sunday morning of the 14th of November,1909, a 65-year-old experienced sailor and world famous author, Joshua Slocum, began his last journey. On that morning, in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, Joshua Slocum cast off the dock lines of his 37 foot wooden sloop, “Spray,” as he had hundreds of times. As usual, he was  Continue Reading »

HOW TO MURDER A CHINESE EMPEROR

There is a secret in this picture I took last year outside the Summer Palace, Beijing, China. Inside that building, all the doors and windows are blocked by an inside wall so the occupant, the Emperor of China, could not escape. In the year 1898, the Emperor was a prisoner in his own house.      Continue Reading »

THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT TRAIL THROUGH THE MOST DANGEROUS JUNGLE

Building a border wall between Mexico and the United States is a hot subject these days. Some people regard the border as the beginning of the illegal immigrant trail into the U.S. But actually, the border is the end of a long trail for would-be illegal immigrants, I recently discovered. Most have traveled along the  Continue Reading »

YOUR VALUE AS A CUBAN SLAVE

If you or I were plantation slaves in Cuba in 1859, our value would have been set by law at $1,000 a person, which is equivalent to $28,316.68 in today’s US currency.   This was a considerable investment by the plantation owner. A large plantation might have around 200 slaves, with a human value in  Continue Reading »

THE REVOLT THAT CHANGED THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST

The invaders had been brutal. They turned the population into slaves. Those who weren’t slaves were taxed on anything of value. When there were objections, they chopped off the right foot of every man over 15. Worst of all, they trashed the fundamental religious beliefs ingrained in each person and forced the natives to worship  Continue Reading »