Letter to Abigail Adams

President John Adams (1735-1826) and Abigail Smith Adams (1744-1818) exchanged over 1,100 letters, beginning during their courtship in 1762 and continuing throughout President Adam’s political career (until 1801). These warm and informative letters include his descriptions of the Continental Congress and his impressions of Europe while he served in various diplomatic roles, as well as…

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How a Chutist Feels?

If you have ever wondered what must it be like to stand before the door of a plane waiting your turn to leap out into the open sky, George Weller in his book “The Story of the Paratroops” tells us in vivid detail of just such experience in New Guinea during World War II. Here…

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The Story of Basketball

The game of basketball has millions of fans all over the world. In this selection written in Simplified Gregg by me for the blog, you will find out how that popular sport began. Attachment: the-story-of-basketball.pdf

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The Buffalo Trail

The Cumberland Gap National Historical Park is located in the border between Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. The Cumberland Gap is a narrow pass through the long ridge of the Cumberland Mountains that served as a key passageway for not only settlers, but Native Americans, and migratory species, such as the buffalo. A team of frontiersmen…

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The Great Musician

Here is the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice, as retold by British-born American writer Olivia Coolidge. I rewrote it for the blog in Simplified Gregg. Attachment: the-great-musician.pdf

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Spaceman Glenn

This is an excerpt from an article that appeared in the March 2, 1962 issue of Time Magazine about John Glenn’s first orbit in space that I wrote in Simplified Gregg for the blog. Attachment: spaceman-glenn.pdf

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Grandfather’s Country Store

This essay evokes one of the most important institutions in remote places, the general store or mercantile functioned as among the most important connections local residents had to the wider world, providing them with the latest consumer goods, news, and mail. More than that, as author Phyllis Fenner remembers of her grandfather’s country store, these…

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