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Amateur Local History Corner: Cleveland Catholic Parish Closings Introduction

I may not always pick current local history topics, but I am going to start with current ones.  The first topic will be the closings of Catholic parishes between 2009 and 2010. In 2009, the Catholic diocese of Cleveland announced … Continue reading

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Amateur Local History Corner: An Introduction

So, my Mom has argued that I should write about history on my blog, because I double majored in history and theater.  I write about movies and theater, but not history. Part of it was I could not think of … Continue reading

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The Role of Chance in History

Last week, the Brazil National Museum burned.  It is a tremendous loss, not only for Brazil, but for the world. As I thought about the loss, it reminded me of the role of chance in history.  Many of the artifacts … Continue reading

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Taming of the Shrew: Induction

The Taming of the Shrew does not begin with the story of Katherine and Petruchio, or even with Katherine and her sister.  Instead, it begins with Christopher Sly, the tinker who passes out drunk and is made to believe he … Continue reading

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Frederick Douglass’s Fourth of July Speech

I haven’t read this since I was thirteen. This is far better than I remember. It is an excellent speech, and a very brave speech. (I’d kill to write like this.) “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” Fellow … Continue reading

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100 Years Ago Today

Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated in Sarajevo. I remember learning in school that his marriage was morganatic, an unequal marriage. His wife, Sophie, was an aristocrat, but she was not a member of the ruling (or former … Continue reading

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What ARE We Teaching Children in Schools?

In C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, the elderly Professor wonders with disgust, “I wonder what they do teach children in these schools!” I found myself wondering that myself over the past few weeks. It started a … Continue reading

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