Category Archives: history

Building a peaceful community with good planning


Building a peaceful community does not just result from how we treat one another (see previous post), but can be literally develop based on how we design our communities and allocate funding. The days of the “wrong side of the … Continue reading

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American civilian airports at former World War II POW camps


I was quite surprised to learn recently how many sites of current civilian airports in the United States once were the location of a World War II prisoner of war camp. It was certainly not an aspect of American history I had ever … Continue reading

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Classic car nameplates/hood ornaments


Took these photos (and many others) of classic car nameplates and hood ornaments over the past holiday weekend during the National Cherry Festival Classic Car Show. Enjoy!

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Sweet Tooth Cities


Here’s is the list I came up with. Any additions or corrections are most welcome. These cities are not meant to be specifically named for something sweet, but instead include a sweet item in their name. Agua Dulce (Sweet Water), … Continue reading

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Mackinac’s hidden gem – St. Ignace


Too often those visiting the Mackinac Straits area of Michigan will concentrate their trip on Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City, when there is a charming, entertaining, and very historic city just across the bridge in St. Ignace. St. Ignace was … Continue reading

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“Brainbelt” cities


I recently completed reading an interested and insightful book entitled The Smartest Places on Earth. Written by Antoine Van Agtmael and Fred Bakker, the book identifies and concentrates on those Rustbelt cities in the North America and Europe that have … Continue reading

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Rain shadow cities and planning


Rain shadows are a fascinating geological and meteorological phenomenon that results from moisture being squeezed out as weather systems pass over higher elevations on the windward side of the mountains, leaving the leeward side much drier, sometimes even with a … Continue reading

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