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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Talk: A Tale from Africa

This entertaining story was adapted from the book The Cow-tail Switch: And Other West African Stories by American anthropologists and folklorists Harold Courlander and George Herzog, and was written by yours truly in Simplified Gregg for the blog. Attachment: talk-a-tale-from-africa.pdf

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