Category: American History

The Coqui: One’s National Treasure is another’s National Menace

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In 2012, on our Hawaiian honeymoon my wife and I had just finished an incredible tour of the volcanos on the Big Island.  We arrived at the airport in Hilo and as we were getting our things together I heard

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There is no J St.

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Washington D.C., for all its terrible traffic, was a planned city. The core of the city was put on a grid. Number streets going North-South, with letter streets going East to West, and just for fun, Diagonal Streets named after

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JHU Seminar 3/28/2017 Mount Vernon…It’s Complicated

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  I love going to Mount Vernon, I always get something out of a visit there. Mount Vernon has already inspired me to write two of my Pre-Seminar Blog Posts. (Feel Free to check them out!): Who Owns George Washington’s

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The IDEA of being Irish

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today is a day to celebrate not so much Irish national pride, but a view of a shared Irish heritage, which is why St. Patrick’s Day has transcended purely being about Irish nationalism.   Like I

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A Key With no Door…but Today Opens a lot More

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When visiting Paris, visitors want to take in the great sites of the city. Even if they do not know much about the City of Light, they will know, by reputation, a handful of sites: The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre,

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On the 12th Day of Christmas…The Three Kings Arrived

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I am often befuddled when I see neighbors taking down the Christmas decoration before the new year… Often there are statements of “blank slates” and “new starts,” but my reaction is, Christmas is not over! For me, the decorations and

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Fun Fact of the Day: The Six Flags of “Six Flags”

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Why are the Six Flags theme parks called “Six Flags?” Six Flags theme parks, whose first park was in Texas, takes its name from the six flags that have flown over Texas: Spain, France, Mexico, The Republic of Texas, The

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Coffee Over Tea in the United States

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It seems odd on that surface that in the United States, with its cultural roots in England, coffee is preferred over tea.  This was not always the case, and perhaps is also no longer as distinctly the case as it

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For the Love of Dog

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I was interested in the idea of “universal values” and began looking at examples around the world that show this special connection.  One thing that to me seems fairly universal is the special bond formed between humans and dogs. I

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What Makes Piscataway Park Special?

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What makes Piscataway Park Special? I recently started work for the National Park Service. Because I have some writing experience I was asked to do a write up about three of our local parks answering the question “What makes this

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