The Making of Books by Monks

There was a time when books were so precious that librarians chained them to the walls for fear they would be stolen. In this selection transcribed by yours truly in Simplified Gregg, the author tells us what books were like in those days. Attachment: the-making-of-books-by-monks.pdf

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Variety in English

The English language is spoken by about 400 million people as a native tongue, and by approximately 700 million people as a foreign language. The phonology of English differs from one dialect to another, and differences in vocabulary between countries exist as well. This article explains some differences between British, American, Australian, and New Zealand…

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Homemade Gold

The first chemists were alchemists who hoped to make their fortune by turning cheaper materials into gold. This article written in Simplified Gregg by yours truly explains how alchemy helped to develop the science of chemistry. Attachment: homemade-gold.pdf

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Undercover Ink

Throughout history, tattoos have played an important role in the espionage game. This article from history.com tells the story. I wrote it for the blog in Simplified Gregg. Attachment: undercover-ink.pdf

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Thomas Jefferson’s Last Letter

This letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Mayor of Washington DC, Mr. Roger Weightman, was written on June 24, 1826. He wrote it using his left hand, as he had broken his right hand and it never healed. He was very ill: he will become bedridden two days later and die on July 4. I…

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Higher than Man Ever Was

The X-15 was a hypersonic rocket-powered aircraft that set altitude records in the 1960s, reaching the limits of outer space. It was designed to be carried aloft and drop launched from under the wing of a B-52. In this selection from the August 22, 1960 issue of Life Magazine and transcribed by yours truly in…

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