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Norm

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On September 14, 2021

Well, this sucks: Norm Macdonald, whose laconic delivery of sharp and incisive observations made him one of Saturday Night Live‘s most influential and beloved cast members, died today after a nine-y

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This is the grave of Carrie Chapman Catt. Born in 1857 in Ripon, Wisconsin (a town famous for hosting the founding of the Republican Party just three years earlier), Carrie Lane grew up in Charles City, Iowa. Despite it being quite uncommon to send girls on to higher education, her parents were sort of supporters […]
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Condors!

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On September 12, 2021
Let’s start Sunday with a cool story! Two years after Zion National Park saw its first wild-hatched condor take to the skies, another has accomplished the same feat. California Condor nestling #1111 in late August took off from its nest cave on the cliff just north of Angels Landing. Condor #1111 is the sibling of […]

Music Notes

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On September 11, 2021

I spent last weekend at the Rhythm & Roots Festival in Charlestown, Rhode Island. This is an annual folk festival on the coast near the Connecticut border. I’d never gone before, largely bec

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This is the grave of Louis McLane. Born in 1786 in Smyrna, Delaware (is this first time I’ve ever visited a grave of someone from Delaware; I know I’ve never visited a grave in the First State), McLane grew up in the Early Republic elite. George Washington had named his father the Customs collector for […]
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