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 … Continue reading Smokey reminds you about Forest Fires

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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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading Antonio Gramsci, Father of Italian Communism

Azzedine Alaia fashion designer


Azzedine Alaïa,  died on Saturday in Paris. He was 82. His company said the cause was a heart attack.  Alaia was called a sculptor of the female form, and his couture were worn by women from the First Lady Michelle Obama to Rock Star Lady Gaga. “I dressed women directly on their body, by intuition. … Continue reading Azzedine Alaia fashion designer

#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 … 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, … Continue reading September 6 2017 Full Moon