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John Wesley Hardin: Bad or Misunderstoo...

John Wesley Hardin, Bad or Misunderstood? John Wesley Hardin was born near Bonham, Texas on May 26, 1853 to parents James “Gip” Hardin and Mary Elizabeth Dixson. Hardin’s father was a Methodist preacher, and in those days, preachers often had huge territories to cover to save souls, so they were known as “circuit riders.” In […]

Double Life of William Brodie

  Photo Credit Double Life of William Brodie In the late 18th Century, a man named William Brodie was greatly respected in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. Brodie hobnobbed with society and other uppercrust folks of the city. Known citywide as Deacon Brodie, wherever there was a prestigious event, he was inevitably there, holding court. […]

Death Valley: Strange But Beautiful

A Visit to Death Valley: Unlike Any Other Place on Earth   All photos courtesy of Judy Schweitzer, from our family album, unless otherwise indicated. Death Valley is a composite of oddities and anomalies that covers an area of about 3,000 square miles of otherworldly views and scenery that may make you feel as though […]

Death of Meriwether Lewis

Photo Credit Courageous Ventures Into The Unknown Captain Meriwether Lewis and 2nd Lieutenant William Clark led an expeditionary group to explore the far reaches of the wild country of the North American continent. In this quest, they became the first white people to cross what is now the Western portion of the United States. Commissioned […]

A Light Bulb Burning For 115 Years?

Photo Credit A Light Bulb Burning For 115 Years? In a Livermore, California firehouse, hangs a bare bulb, now known as The Centennial Light. It’s burned almost continuously for 115 years. Impossible? Yes it is now, but it wasn’t when the bulb was originally made by Shelby Electric. True, it doesn’t shine as brightly now […]

Wearing The Green

Wearing The Green Photo Credit March 17th is the Wearing of the Green Nothing celebrates St. Patrick’s Day, with all its festivities, as much as wearing the green. You’ll see more of the Irish green in that day than any other. There’s a reason for that and it’s this:  On St. Patrick’s Day, everybody is […]

 
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