The Fourth of July in Westminster Abbey

Phillips Brooks was an American Episcopal clergyman and Bishop of Massachusetts. Renowned for his charismatic preaching, he was invited in 1880 to preach at Westminster Abbey in London and at the Royal Chapel at Windsor before Queen Victoria. After his sermon on July 4 of the same year titled The Candle of the Lord, he…

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Viruses

The two most common causative agents of infectious diseases are viruses and bacteria. Both are invisible to the naked eye, allowing for their stealthy transfer from person to person during an outbreak of a contagious disease. Here is a small selection discussing viruses, transcribed in Centennial Gregg for the blog by yours truly. Attachment: viruses.pdf

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The Tame Deer and the Mirror

William Byrd II, American planter and author, from colonial Virginia, is considered the founder of the cities of Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia. His writings in the form of diaries or journals gave in an entertaining way the incidents and observations of his long and varied career. Byrd and his neighbors lived like English gentlemen. In this…

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The Pony Express

Traveling by stagecoach to Virginia City, NV, Mark Twain and his companions watched eagerly for a glimpse of the fleetest messenger of the day, the Pony Express. Here is his description from his book Roughing It, and written for the blog in Centennial Gregg by me. Attachment: the-pony-express.pdf

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Captured by Mohawks

In the mid 1600s, Pierre-Esprit Radisson, the French fur trader and explorer (and for whom the Radisson hotels were named after), was hunting fowl near his Trois-Rivières home in Quebec, when several of his hunting group were killed by Mohawks, and himself was later captured by the Iroquois. He wrote detailed accounts of his travels…

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The Holy Night

This is a beautiful Christmas story by Swedish author and teacher Selma Lagerlöf, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. I transcribed it in Centennial Gregg. Attachment: the-holy-night.pdf

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The Discontented Pendulum

This timeless (no pun intended) classic was written by the English poet and novelist Jane Taylor (famous for the words to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star). I transcribed it here in Centennial Gregg. Attachment: the-discontented-pendulum.pdf

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