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President Franklin Pierce: The Lowell Connection

President Franklin Pierce: The Lowell Connection Thanks to Juliet Mofford for her excellent story (posted yesterday) about President Franklin Pierce and the tragic death of his son, Benny. While many probably knew that Pierce was from New Hampshire (the only president from our neighboring state), few may realize that Pierce’s…

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Recalling the 2000 Presidential Election

The extra-Constitutional drama that accompanied yesterday’s procedural (as opposed to adjudicatory) counting of state electoral votes by Congress made me recall the contested presidential election of 2000. Here is an essay I wrote back then. It is in two parts: one before the outcome was determined; another afterwards. Remember as…

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Frank Wagner: A New Poem

Five Rows Down and Three Across by Frank Wagner   Five rows down and three across Through wild high grass of the burial ground We looked for old laid bones that could not be found. A generation has passed since his body was laid, Under piled dirt this skin and…

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Pandemic Glossary

Terms commonly used during 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic Aerosol – virus particles emitted by an infected individual that are small enough to be suspended in the air for an extended period of time which may infect others. AstraZeneca – A drug company that teamed with Oxford University to create a Covid-19…

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Book Review: The Rise of the GI Army, 1940-41

Paul Dickson’s 2020 book, The Rise of the G.I. Army, 1940-1941, has the subtitle “The forgotten story of how America forged a powerful Army before Pearl Harbor.” Forgotten indeed! I found the story in this book startling, although I should not have. Like many others, I just assumed that on…

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Cemetery Gates: A Tour of Lowell Cemetery

Lowell’s Matthew Ludvino is a professional filmmaker and editor whose documentary credits as an editor include Year of the Bull and The Man in the Mask. This year, Matt focused some of his considerable talent on creating a film version of one of my Lowell Cemetery tours. In this effort,…

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Battle of the Bulge

On a cold pre-dawn walk this week, my companion and I lamented the soaring rates of Covid-19 infections that plague us today. Coming after the lull in the virus during the summer and the good news of an imminent and effective vaccine, this most recent blow is almost enough to…

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Pearl Harbor Day

Today is the 79th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which was the home port of the United State Pacific Fleet. At attack was a complete surprise and brought the United States into World War II. On December 7, 2017, I was the guest speaker at the Greater…

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