Smokey reminds you about Forest Fires


 With all the fire raging out in California, it is odd that his birthday, August 9th, was so overlooked, but is it since the WaPo and SF Gate are now blaming him for them in what is the oddest turn of events yet.  Smokey was a U.S. Forest Service creation from Munich-born Albert Staehle a popular illustrator in the  1930s into the mid-1960s. Another of his … Continue reading Smokey reminds you about Forest Fires

Olympic Ralph Lauren


Ralph Lauren is a on a roll.  Last year he designed the first lady’s dress for the inauguration.  This year he created the USA Olympic Team’s couture (our header image is an illustration). Born Ralph Lifshitz in the Bronx, New York on October 14, 1939, he grew up there on Moshulu Parkway, itself a creation of New York civic planner-architect Robert Moses. The area was … Continue reading Olympic Ralph Lauren

Lucy Maud Montgomery of Canada


Montgomery’s ancestors were among the wealthy and educated immigrants who came to the Island of Saint John (now Prince Edward Island) from Scotland in the 1770s. Her maternal great-grandfather, William Simpson Macneill, was a member of the provincial legislature from 1814 to 1838, and Speaker of the House of Assembly. Her paternal grandfather, Donald Montgomery, served in the provincial legislature from 1832 to 1874 and was appointed by Sir John … Continue reading Lucy Maud Montgomery of Canada

Antonio Gramsci, Father of Italian Communism


Gramsci’s rectified chart. Gramsci’s ascendant is 29 Aries, that Dr. Gordon, calls an “independent and domineering disagreeable character” one who stands in his own in his insistence of being correct.  “Through his overbearing nature stands to become a social outcast and at some point in time sustains great loses through ostracism.”  Maybe, but in Europe he became a folk hero.  There are several Marxist sites … Continue reading Antonio Gramsci, Father of Italian Communism

#101 Dr. Alexis Carrel & the Dakin Solution


Before Dr. Alexander Fleming invented penicillin, Dr. Carrel developed the Dakin Solution, a type of hypochlorite solution made from bleach that is diluted and then treated to decrease skin irritation. Chlorine, the active ingredient in Dakin’s solution, is a potent antiseptic that kills most forms of bacteria and viruses. This simple solution saved many men in World War I and is still used when people … Continue reading #101 Dr. Alexis Carrel & the Dakin Solution

September 6 2017 Full Moon


This week as we visit Bristol Connecticut we get a full moon.  The home town of writer Joel Anthony, Bristol a town in Hartford County, about sixteen miles away from the Capitol, Hartford, is in the central part of the Nutmeg State. Situated on the Pequabuck river, Bristol was a major manufacturer of woollens, hardware, and brass ware. Bristol Clocks were first manufactured after the War of … Continue reading September 6 2017 Full Moon

Confirming Rex Tillerson


  Forbes Magazine rates Rex Tillerson as the 24th most important person in business for 2016.President-elect Donald Trump must have agreed, as he tapped Mr. Tillerson over his staunch friend ex-Mayor of New York City,  Rudolph Giuliani, for the Secretary of State post.   Trump later made him Cybersecurity chief. Download the rex-tillerson chart Information on Mr. Tillerson is slight.  He started his career at ExxonMobil in … Continue reading Confirming Rex Tillerson