Days of remembrance, such as this anniversary of the Challenger disaster, remind us that along with the memories and thoughts of what we felt comes a responsibility to teach the past and the lessons from it. Not just for recording the events, but in explaining to those who didn’t live through them what it was like.
Linky Friday is Ordinary Times’ end-of-week tradition of bringing you stories and links from across the web and around the world. This week, remembering Pearl Harbor, 77 years later.
“Cross-section of America” is a phrase that gets overused. In the lines snaking their way through the Capitol and around a rotunda occupied by the 41st president lying in state, it was made manifest. A living, breathing example of E Pluribus Unum, queued up in neat rows waiting to pass by the honored George HW Bush.
The 41st President, George Herbert Walker Bush, has died at 94. His biography, from shot down naval aviator in WW2, to election to the House, failed Senate candidate, UN ambassador, leading the CIA, and VP to President Reagan before his own rise to the White House, is astonishing.
Linky Friday, Ordinary Times’ end-of-week tradition of bringing you links from across the web and around the world. This week, A Bit of History with stories, photos, videos, music, and more for you to read, share, and discuss.
41 years after Youngstown’s “Black Monday” meant 5,000 lost jobs immediately and tens of thousands more to follow, the Mahoning Valley endures another day of 4-digit job loss with closure of General Motor’s Lordstown complex.
Your Ordinary World links for 29 Nov 2018 with Scott J Davies bringing us links about education to read, share, and discuss.
When AR-15s are carried by white people, they are run-of-the-mill firearms used for hunting; when black people carry them, they are assault rifles.
Your Ordinary World for Thursday, 1 Nov 2018, with a focus on history and featuring links to great writing, unique takes, and interesting POVs, plus Throwback Thursday from the Ordinary Times archive.
To expand Columbus Day to encompass other adventurers of all American epochs would be most fitting, and allow today’s far more diverse American citizenry to embrace a common thread in our shared history. So why not rename it Explorers Day, simultaneously celebrating entrepreneurship and discovery, and encompassing all intrepid adventurers, of land, sea, air, and space.
I can attest that this a truly fascinating subject and book because I’ve also written a book on something very closely related.
Ignorance of the law is not a defense for breaking the law, as the old saying goes. But how exactly has the law been communicated to the people over time?
I can’t say for certain when the first time I ever heard an Aretha Franklin album was. Her music was simply always there, in the the same way that Ella’s music was always there. I was weaned on her music, and to it.
Ordinary Sunday Brunch is Ordinary Times cultural quick links for you enjoyment. This week; music, art, history, food, and architecture.
While on a trip to Israel and Cyprus with my father this past May, I attempted to see as many of its physical remnants as possible.
Why did fascism fail in 1930s Britain? And what lessons can we learn to make sure that it fails in the 21st century?
Gods, prophets, and founders of nations of man.
A jazz loving serial killer walked the beautiful but vaguely ominous streets of 1918 New Orleans, chiseling his way into back doors of the homes of local merchants…
You know the old saying, “as American as baseball, apple pie, and George Washingtons personal recipe for beer.” Or at least, that is Anheuser-Busch’s latest idea. For a Budweiser that was formerly labeled “America”, there is only one step further to go to make it even more patriotic and historical:
A Look to the Past Looking Forward
A critical analysis of German grand strategy during the period 1933-1945.
But an Empire, in the same sense that a chihuahua is a dog.
Finally, with cannibalism!
Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Revisionism
What does it take to be remembered?
Every so often I ever so fleetingly have hope
Really, what did King George III do that was so bad anyway?
It was supposed to be only a five hour tour…
An adventure in obsolete culture wars
American conservatives should consider the example of Robert Peel in trying to figure out the way forward.
John Quincy Adams, as a Calvinistic Christian, was open to the notion that John Milton, Homer and Virgil were divinely inspired along the same grounds he believed the inspired parts of the biblical canon were. He also endorsed the notion of a “partially inspired” biblical canon.
A guide for the bewildered.
The Democratic Party is collapsing, and has been collapsing for a decade. Having the Presidency just hid all the rot happening elsewhere. Now we face the prospect of one party rule in a way we have not seen before, led by a type of President we have not seen before.
Nearly entirely baseball-free, but with a free bonus of presidential politics!
Academia, Neocons, and the Curse of Being Relevant.
Truman, Oppenheimer, and the H-Bomb