HISTORY OF THANKSGIVING: FRIENDLY INDIAN SQUANTO We’ve all heard the story of how the Pilgrims, landing in Massachusetts on the Mayflower in 1620, were ill-equipped to survive the harsh winters of the New World. We’ve also heard how they met a Native American Indian of the Pawtuxet tribe named Squanto who befriended them. He taught them…Read More
HISTORY OF THANKSGIVING The origin of Thanksgiving Day has been attributed to a harvest feast held by the Plymouth Colony. In 1621, Governor William Bradford of the Plymouth Colony proclaimed a day of “thanksgiving” and prayer to celebrate the Pilgrims’ first harvest in America the year after their arrival on the merchant ship Mayflower. The…Read More
HISTORY OF VETERANS DAY On this year, the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I in Europe we remember A professor once commented, “We write things down so we can forget them.” Now, of course, this is wrong, except in the limited sense of writing down appointments so we don’t have to worry…Read More
Why do we vote on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November?Read More
What is the history behind the holidays we celebrate, both sacred and secular? Many of the sacred holidays in our American “Judeo-Christian” heritage have secular associations, while many of the seemingly secular holidays actually have religious roots.
Featuring reviews of movies, concerts, and theatre. I write movie reviews as soon as I see them, which is usually the day they come out (or before). Reviews of Star Wars and Star Trek movies, Lord of the Rings, Hobbit, and Harry Potter films, rock and jazz concerts and theatre reviews.
Articles about current and future technologies and their possible implications. Current discussions are about Apple iPhone and Apple Watch and some innovative technologies from other companies: social media, payment systems, personal data backup, etc.