Society’s Slender Threads Are Fraying. How Can We Restore Them?

In my first Substack post in January, 2021, I wrote: "Society's Slender Threads Are Fraying. How Can We Restore Them?" Things have only gotten worse since then. I outlined an 11-point mission statement for a newsletter and online community. Read. A weekly e-newsletter is free. Full access to all content is just $5 a month … Continue reading Society’s Slender Threads Are Fraying. How Can We Restore Them?

Mark Shields on Politics and the Political Life

"In addition to being great fun, politics is basically the peaceable resolution of conflict among legitimate competing interests," wrote Mark Shields in an essay for National Public Radio in a series called "This I Believe."  "I Believe in Politics," he said. He pointed out that "compromise is the best alternative to brute muscle or money … Continue reading Mark Shields on Politics and the Political Life

Traveling Back in Time to the 1100s

"What are you reading this summer? Do you have any books to recommend? I wanted something to expand my vision and transport me beyond the concerns of contemporary American life. I found the vehicle in Ken Follett’s bestselling historical novel, “Pillars of the Earth,” a book that has sold 26 million copies. Many members of Goodreads.com designate … Continue reading Traveling Back in Time to the 1100s

New Respect for Native American History in DC Region?

As professional football season gets underway, history is made as a decades-long debate over the name "Washington Redskins" has ended, with the team re-branded as the "Washington Commanders." (News). "We can finally end the debate over our sports team’s exploitation of Native American culture, a controversy that threatened to spur barroom fights for 30 years," … Continue reading New Respect for Native American History in DC Region?

Critical Thinking: Resources for a Unit

Adding to my collection on Critical Thinking on my Substack site, I've posted 7 Meditations on Logical Fallacies, Critical Thinking, Over-generalizing, Prejudices, and the Dying Art of Disagreement. + Confirmation Bias & Conspiracy Theories + Skills to Reduce Polarization on Social Media. And Why Learn History When It's All On Your Phone? History courses should … Continue reading Critical Thinking: Resources for a Unit

Inflation Is At A 40-Year High

Old-timers like me can vividly remember 1982's misery index, and might predict what's next economically. You don't need a one-armed economist to figure things out. (Remember that President Harry Truman requested a one-armed economist after tiring of all the practitioners of this dismal science who said to him, "On the one hand...On the other hand.") … Continue reading Inflation Is At A 40-Year High

How to Read and Take Notes Like A PhD Student

The RedHead Academic, a PhD student in history and African American Studies at Yale University and Oxford, has more than 52,000 subscribers and 2.6 million viewers of her Youtube channel, which has dozens of videos. In the video below, she offers tips for reading fast and efficiently for slow readers and recommends Notion software, which … Continue reading How to Read and Take Notes Like A PhD Student

How Did the Scottish Clan System Collapse?

HistoryMarche: "Why Did the Scottish Clan System Collapse? Many pinpoint the bloody Battle of Culloden in 1746 as the moment where everything changed for Scotland’s clan system, as King George’s troops crushed the Jacobite rebellion. In what today might be considered ethnic cleansing, the ruling King of England ordered all supporters of the Jacobite cause … Continue reading How Did the Scottish Clan System Collapse?

Warm-Up Quotes from Ken Follett’s ‘Pillars of the Earth’ to Reflect Upon

Pick one or two and reflect: 1."The book gave Jack a feeling he had never had before, that the past was like a story, in which one thing led to another, and the world was not a boundless mystery, but a finite thing that could be comprehended." 2.""You never know," Jack said speculatively. "There may … Continue reading Warm-Up Quotes from Ken Follett’s ‘Pillars of the Earth’ to Reflect Upon

Rep. Shirley Chisholm Was First Black Woman to Run for President, in 1972

Crash Course Black American History #43: "In 1972, Shirley Chisholm ran for president of the United States of America as a Democrat. She didn't win, but this was not the beginning or the end of her career in politics. She held a congressional seat in the New York delegation for decades, and Shirley was a … Continue reading Rep. Shirley Chisholm Was First Black Woman to Run for President, in 1972