A major sea change: why COVID-19 is a turning point in history. So, it is the end of March 2020, and many of us are sequestered in our homes, trying not to get the virus that’s now sweeping the globe and has already overwhelmed the health care systems of numerous countries. People are talking about … Continue reading A MAJOR SEA CHANGE: WHY COVID 19 IS A TURNING POINT IN HISTORY – SEAN MUNGER
IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Eric Larson It's not a new book, but it is nonetheless a relevant book. I have rarely been more conflicted about a book than I was about this one. It was gripping, sometimes mesmerizing. Simultaneously appalling and annoying. William Dodd … Continue reading IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS BY ERIC LARSON – Marilyn Armstrong
In the course of my school days, I had a handful of great teachers to whom I will be eternally grateful. They taught me to learn, to love reading, to make up stories and write them down. To write non-fiction that was complete, accurate and unbiased. To find humor in physics. To love history, religion, … Continue reading GREAT TEACHERS: A VERY LONG DEFERRED THANK YOU – Marilyn Armstrong
The Christmas truce (German: Waffenstillstand; French: Trêve de Noël) was a series of widespread but unofficial ceasefires along the Western Front during the Christmas season of 1914. During the days leading to Christmas day, German and British soldiers left their trenches to exchange greetings. To talk man-to-man, exchange personal information, share food and drink. World … Continue reading THE WORLD WAR ONE CHRISTMAS TRUCE – 1914 – Marilyn Armstrong
The day before the earthquake hit San Francisco in 1989, I decided I needed to go home a day early. I wasn't feeling well (I actually had the flu, but didn't yet know it) and most of my work was done for the moment. It was like a little whisper in my ear telling me … Continue reading WHISPERS IN YOUR EAR – Marilyn Armstrong
I run this every year because people forget. We should not forget where blindly following a leader can take you. This happened. I remember it. Everyone who was alive and able to read or watch TV remembers. On this day, the 41st anniversary of the Jonestown Massacre grew a saying everyone uses. "Drink the Kool-Aid" … Continue reading THE JONESTOWN MASSACRE – Marilyn Armstrong
This is the third installment of photos from my trip to the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. We only covered the furniture and decorative arts section of the American Wing. Here are more photos, this time of miscellaneous things that caught my eye.