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Nuclear nomenclature that’s now commonplace in English


  As I have been researching a variety of Atomic Age topics for this blog, it became apparent that there are common terms we now use that arose from that time period. As a child growing up in a nuclear … Continue reading

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It was forty years ago today…


—– Spoiler Alert – If you don’t want to know what happens in the book, Last of the Donkey Pilgrims, stop here. —– No, it wasn’t “…when Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play.” It was, on Christmas Eve in … Continue reading

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Favorites of 2019


Below are my favorites in film television, books, and music for 2019, subject to possible additions during the last two weeks of the year. Films Released and Seen in 2019 Ford vs. Ferrari – Source: bloomberg.com Favorite Drama Ford vs. … Continue reading

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Two Towns and Two Death Tales of Billy the Kid


Frontier Towns, Chapter 5: Fort Sumner, New Mexico and Hico, Texas Normally, I am skeptical of conspiracy theories. But, I also realize that history tends to be written by the victors. With that, the victors can and will tend to … Continue reading

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The Old West Personified in a Town’s Iconic Name


Frontier Towns, Chapter 2: Pecos, Texas Few names portray a better image of the Old West than “Pecos.” The Pecos River is the natural dividing line between central and western Texas, as to the west of this iconic river the … Continue reading

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Favorites of 2018


Films Released and Seen in 2018 Favorite Drama – Green Book Favorite Musical or Comedy– Mary Poppins Returns Favorite Animated – Isle of Dogs A Star is Born Hearts Beat Loud Black Panther Bohemian Rhapsody Roma First Man Incredibles 2 … Continue reading

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The Beauty of the Contrasting-Chaotic City Form


As urban planners we have a tendency to emphasize the importance and efficiency of the traditional grid street pattern. Compared to the disconnected neighborhoods and subdivisions constructed over the past 75 years, the traditional street grid is far and away … Continue reading

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Doomsday Bunker Cities and Towns


The following post lists known bunker cities and towns that have been built as a way to survive a nuclear or biological holocaust and/or maintain continuity of government. Many were constructed during the Cold War era, some of which are … Continue reading

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“Just Mercy” Will Rip Your Heart to Shreds


* A small commission is earned from purchases that are made using this visual link to Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. In all my years, I have never read a more disturbing, yet compelling book. … Continue reading

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A Tasty Slice of “Tibetan Peach Pie”


* A small commission is earned from purchases that are made using these visual links to Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. If you want to read a book that will put a smile on your … Continue reading

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