Ulysses S. Grant – A Badass to the Very End

General Ulysses S. Grant managed to put Robert E. Lee in such a tight spot it forced him to surrender, thus ending the Civil War. During the signing of the surrender treaty, Grant showed up at Wilmer McLean’s house in Appomattox Court House straight from the field. He was looking a little rough around the edges, […]

July 4th, 1976

July 4th, 1976 – July 4th, 2016 It’s hard to believe it has been 40 years. In 1976 the United States celebrated its Bicentennial Celebration. It’s 200th anniversary of being an independent country. The Vietnam War ended just a year before. Despite the civil unrest that war caused, it seemed patriotism was at a high in 1976. There were so […]

Of Death During War

This passage was written by Robert Leckie (1920-2001), a Pacific Theater WWII Marine Veteran, after one fight during the Battle of Cape Gloucester, from December 1943 through April 1944. Nothing else I’ve read brings home the gravity of death during war, with more clarity. I moved among heaps of the dead. They lay crumpled, useless, defunct. […]

Going Back In Time In Newport, RI

August 1, 2015 – Newport, Rhode Island Loly and I took a road trip to Newport, Rhode Island. A place I had always wanted to go. Since I was a teen, I wanted to tour the mansions of the “Gilded-Age”. They were built during the late Victorian period of America when industries of all types grew […]

Mary Rowlandson’s Tragic Story

In 1675, King Philip’s War raged in New England. On February 10th, 1675, Native Americans attacked the town of Lancaster, Massachusetts. As the Indians went from house to house slaughtering or capturing the colonial inhabitants, Mary Rowlandson recounted what she saw and experienced on that day, and her subsequent 11-week captivity, in her narrative, The […]

100 Years Ago Today Archduke Francis Ferdinand was Assassinated.

One Hundred Years ago today, June 28th 1914, a presumptuous, idealistic young man of 19, Gavrilo Princp shot and killed the Austro-Hungarian  Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and his pregnant wife Sophie, in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. This singular act by a Serbian nationalist would change the world forever. It set events in motion leading to a World War, which […]

D-Day + 70 Years

June 6th, 2014 During the 70th D-Day Commemoration, I looked upon these old men, these veterans of World War II. The camera shows their faces softened, rounded, and wrinkled by time. Their hair is white and sparse, and the head and hands of some shake subtly and uncontrollably. They wear medals earned in battle on their tired, […]

Our Time In The Sun

I was in the Nashua Town Hall on Main Street, waiting for my wife to complete some official business. I stared fascinated at a mural sized picture from the city’s past. The picture was taken from a high vantage point on a building that no longer exists, next the Main Street Bridge that spans the […]

The Hobbit – 75th Anniversary

The Hobbit written by J.R.R. (John Ronald Reuel) Tolkien was first published 75 years ago today (September 21, 1937). Tolkien created Middle Earth and several languages including Elvish, and has enchanted the minds of millions for generations. What’s your favorite scene in The Hobbit? Keep updated on 1,000 Words A Day. Enter your email address […]