Tag Archive: American culture

Aug 06

“The tour from hell” turned into a dead end.

As tribute to the late Jerry Garcia, I have established August as a month to celebrate his musical achievements here on the blog. This article explains some of the details associated with the final months of his life and, on a more positive note, shares a link to one of the more fun Grateful Dead …

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Jul 11

North Carolina Style Pig Roast

At the annual Green family picnic this year, Rich and Kim decided to try a different method for roasting the pig. This is different from the manner in which they cook pig for their restaurant. This method is called the North Carolina style. It involved splitting the hog in half down the spine and slow …

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Jul 01

Thinking of America

As the Independence Day Holiday approaches, I reflect on the land in which I was born and raised. Robert Frost, one of America’s greatest poets, wrote a short but interesting verse about our nation. It is titled, The Gift Outright – In the sixteen lines of this poem, Frost tells the American story from colonialism, …

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Mar 10

Manhattan Island

Manhattan is one of the five boroughs (counties) that make up the city of New York. Manhattan is an island in New York City surrounded by the Hudson, East, and Harlem rivers. 13½ miles (22 km) long; 2½ miles (4 km) greatest width; totaling 22¼ sq. mi. (58 sq. km). The first Europeans to reach …

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Mar 01

Body Language, Gestures, Hand Signals and Sign Language.

Understanding non-verbal communication is an important part of improving your overall communication skills. Some of my long term students have read the Mind Tools article about Body Language to help them become more effective communicators in the business world. Both of the previous links are valuable resources that should be referred to often. The language …

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Feb 10

Back in the Land of Coca-Cola

Just about two years ago I posted an article detailing a short trip to Atlanta, Georgia and my surprise at how big Hot ‘Lanta – the City in the Forest had become. Recently, I returned for another brief visit and took in some more of the local attractions. Echo was attending the yearly trade-show exhibition …

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Jan 15

Loudon Wainwright III

Free ad for Loudon Wainwright III. It was 1973 when Loudon Wainwright made it big with the hit single, Dead Skunk (in the middle of the road). A fun little ditty that became a popular sing-along among people young and old. This and The Swimming Song are remembered by many a summer camper. The Swimming …

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Jan 07

Carl Sagan

The month of January seems to be developing a theme related to forward thinking. I say “seems to be” because I really don’t have any set idea about what I will find while searching for interesting material to add to this blog. I merely get up every day and do my usual reading. Along the …

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Jan 03

Johnny Appleseed

Born September 26, 1774, in the town of Leominster, Massachusetts, John Chapman – aka Johnny Appleseed was an American pioneer frontiersman. In American folklore his name is legendary, but much of the legend is simply blown out of proportion. Many myths surround his life-story, but one thing is for sure; he was responsible for propagating …

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Jan 01

A 10,000 Year Clock?

In my ramblings around the interwebs I occasionally stumble into some fascinating websites with captivating reading material. One such site called, longnow.com offered an article about the development of a 10,000 year clock! Yes, that’s right, a very curious concept for development of a clock, that is currently under construction, by a host of interesting …

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