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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A Boy’s Plans for Self-Improvement

Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography is considered the most readable book published in America in the 18th century. He wrote it at odd moments during the last twenty years of his life. The first five chapters were in the form of a letter written in 1771 to his son, the then Governor of New Jersey, and were…

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Remarks upon Receiving the Nobel Prize

American novelist and short story writer William Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1950 “for his forceful and independently artistic contribution to modern American fiction.” Here is his Nobel banquet speech, transcribed in Simplified Gregg by yours truly. Attachment: remarks-upon-receiving-the-nobel-prize.pdf

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Mystery Post-It Notes

These two Post-It notes were recently found on a cork/bulletin board in the office/sewing room of an 88-year-old woman’s home. It is believed she learned shorthand in her late teens/early 20’s …so 1950’s. They appear to be reminders of where she had placed certain important items in her home. I’ve been able to decipher some of…

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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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On Skates

Figure skating is a very popular sport around the world, and part of its popularity is due to the achievements of Dick Button, two-time Olympic champion (1948, 1952) and five-time World champion (1948–1952), and the only non-European man to have become European champion. Button was the first skater to successfully land the double axel jump…

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Where Bush Pilots Fly

The airplane has been called “the backbone of transportation” in Alaska. Scheduled flights over established routes connect all cities and towns. Daring bush pilots fly their own planes anywhere at any time, often to remote areas far off the regular routes. In this selection from his book Alaska, the Forty-Ninth State, Willis Lindquist describes the…

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