Category Archives: Welcome

The Town That Was Moved Four Times!

The first of our new “Frontier Towns” series is about the historic Great Plains town of Julesburg, Colorado. At the crossroads of multiple important and historic transcontinental routes lies the quaint Great Plains town of Julesburg, Colorado. This classic western … Continue reading

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Ten Best and Worst City/Town Slogans

Here’s a fun list of the ten (10) best and ten (10) worst city or town slogans from across the United States. If you think there are better or worse ones, please send them along and we will judge them … Continue reading

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What’s your choice for New Zealand’s new flag

And then there were four. Here are the four finalists for New Zealand’s new flag. Personally, of these I prefer the top left, which essentially retains the colors and the Southern Cross star system from the New Zealand’s current flag … Continue reading

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Review of “American Chinatown, A People’s History of Five Neighborhoods”

In American Chinatown, author Bonnie Tsui has written a compelling and reflective historical account of five Chinatowns in the United States. But, what truly brings this text to life are the lives and experiences of those residents who she interviews … Continue reading

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Five Chinatown Gates in eleven days

Here are photographs taken of Chinatown Friendship Gates in Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Victoria, Canada; as well as Seattle Washington during our recent train trip across Canada and the Pacific Northwest. In Winnipeg, there is an especially lovely Chinese Garden … Continue reading

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It’s the only way to fly!

Kudos to Gerald Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan, who announced this past Thursday that Bell’s Brewery will be opening a new brewpub in the Great Hall pre-security shopping/dining portion of the airport terminal. With fantastic beers like Oberon, … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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When China comes to town

This story was first written by me for and published on under the title “Midwestern Universities Wooing Chinese Students.”  A revised and  condensed version is being re-published here on panethos. Michigan State University has been a steady leader among … Continue reading

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A matter of time…the first year of Progressive Blogic

At midnight on November 1st, Progressive Blogic (PB) will celebrate its first birthday. I would like to say it has been  fun for all 365 days to date, but then I would be stretching the truth to the breaking point. … Continue reading

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100,000 page views!

This morning, Progressive Blogic passed the 100,000 page view mark. Thank you to everyone who has visited the site and especially to Molly who helped set it up and co-managed/wrote it with me for the first eight months. Averaging 10,000 … Continue reading

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