Down the Mountain – Part 1

The sport of bobsleigh or bobsled has been part of the Olympic Games since the first Winter Games celebrated in Chamonix, France, in 1924. This article, transcribed by yours truly in Anniversary Gregg, explains some of the features and dangers of the sport, as well as some of the experiences of those who practice it….

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Welcome, Butterflies!

Every fall, thousands of Monarch butterflies flock to Monterey County in California, settling in at forest groves to wait out the winter. Though the butterflies congregate in areas from Big Sur through Monterey, their best-known wintering-over spot is in Pacific Grove. This area, filled with pine and eucalyptus trees, is the preferred Monarch butterfly habitat…

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The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes

In early June 1912, a cataclysmic explosion occurred in a remote area of Alaska, about 250 miles southwest of Anchorage. The explosion was so massive that its effects were felt in places as far away from the explosion as Washington D.C., as high-altitude haze robbed the northern temperate zone of about 10% of the Sun’s…

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John Adams: In Favor of Independence

Daniel Webster delivered a speech in Boston on August 2, 1826 as a celebration of the lives of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who had both died on July 4, 1826, 50 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed. The complete speech can be found in his book Daniel Webster for Young Americans: The…

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Shorthand Books Available

I received an email from a lady that wants to donate the following shorthand books (pictures are of the actual books, first come, first served): 1. Gregg Speed Studies – Second Edition (Anniversary) 2. Gregg Shorthand Manual Simplified Functional Method – First Edition 3. Gregg Shorthand Manual Simplified Functional Method – Second Edition 4. Gregg…

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The Son

The city of Dana Point in Southern California was named after American politician and lawyer Richard Henry Dana, who described the area in his book Two Years Before the Mast. The following essay from the book The Idle Man was transcribed by me in Anniversary Gregg for the blog. Attachment: the-son.pdf

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