Thanksgiving Day

An extract of the Thanksgiving Sermon: The Family as an American Institution, delivered by American clergyman Henry Ward Beecher, on Thursday, November 26, 1868, here transcribed in Centennial Gregg by me for the blog. Attachment: thanksgiving-day.pdf

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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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Potency of English Words

This nicely written essay describes the richness of the English language and reminds us about the power of our word choices. I transcribed it in Centennial Gregg for the blog. Attachment: potency-of-english-words.pdf

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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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History

Here is a small essay written by English historian James Anthony Froude, transcribed by me in Simplified Gregg. Attachment: history.pdf

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