“Tin-Can Island” Comes To Life

The island of Niuafoʻou (meaning “many new coconuts”) is the most northerly island in the kingdom of Tonga. It has been an active volcano for thousands of years. The 1946 eruption was a particularly violent one and in December 1946 Niuafoʻou’s inhabitants were evacuated and resettled on the island of ʻEua. ʻEua and Niuafoʻou share…

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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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“The 7 Social Sins” – Notehand

Here are “The 7 Social Sins” (also known as “The 7 Deadly Social Sins” and “The 7 Blunders of the World”) in Notehand.  This list was originally written by Frederick Lewis Donaldson, but is often attributed to M. K. Gandhi because he published it in his newspaper Young India in 1925.  For a key, click…

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I used my shorthand!

I’ve been reading shorthand for about two years now, after abortive attempts to learn about 25 years ago.  I’ve done a little writing, but nothing regular.  Mostly, I’ve been reading. This weekend I used it for real!  During a certain training session, I was assigned to be an observer, to notice how the trainee interacted with…

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The Last of the Wayanas – Part 2

In this second and last part of his essay, Dr. Bois describes the public health challenges that this fascinating tribe faced in the 20th century. The selection is written in Anniversary by yours truly. Attachment: the-last-of-the-wayanas-part-2.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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