As I write this, it is still Hunter’s birthday, October 7. We have a few hours left. I have resisted returning to the family eulogy from Hunter’s memorial service, but it seems appropriate to post it today. You’ll find my notes below. I have added the few extemporaneous comments that were not in my original […]
Read More A tribute to my brother
Question: So, history major, what are you going to do with that? Answer: I’m going to work hard and be curious. How we support ourselves is quite a different thing than who we are as people and what we do with our limited time on earth. My wife and I recently returned from a trip […]
Read More History. Hmm. What Are You Going To Do With That?
While I would not have said this about myself 10 years ago, I apparently am flexible and optimistic. I find joy in the toil of life (Ecc. 2 & 3) and in keeping on keeping on. Life is short, and what is better than being helpful and productive?
Read More Every new beginning
I am optimistic about our national recognition of Juneteenth for a number of reasons. Let me explain. Juneteenth is a helpful corrective to the hagiography of the founding era, including our founding documents and the individual founders. July 4, 1776, can rightly be referred to as our conception in liberty, but that’s about it. There […]
Read More Juneteenth is my jam
I don’t think that death springs this April, despite the new Covid wave in Europe and Brazil and despite the impacts of new variants. We do have hope.
Read More Hope will spring this April
A number of Michigan infantry regiments participated in the battle of Stones River, but this post is about the First Regiment of Michigan Engineers and Mechanics who happened to take an active role in combat on January 01, 1863, at Lavergne, Tennessee.
Read More “We Don’t Surrender Much”
We can’t grow younger, but we can always be unfinished.
Read More Going somewhere and becoming something
There is no immaculate platform. All have been designed by someone or some team and restrict a user’s freedom in one way or another.
Read More No platform is righteous, no, not one
It is sobering to consider that a Scottish immigrant family paid such a high cost for the Union.
Read More Some sligh history