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A History-Love Letter for My Husband

At the end of October/beginning of November 2019, my husband Erik called my attention to the astonishing accomplishment of one of our high school classmates, Steve Peck. Steve, who was known as Casey as a kid, grew up the street across from me. He became an architect and one of his buildings made the news recently. Steve designed a building that is a giant guitar for the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood,…

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Sherlock Holmes in Minnesota

I was paging through the University of Minnesota Press’s current holiday book guide and ran across a couple of entries that stopped me cold. Like, I haven’t even looked through the rest of the guide, stopped cold. Two books by author Larry Millett, who has written architectural history books, caught my attention. They were “Sherlock Holmes and the Eisendorf Enigma” and “Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders.” Whoa! Two books about Sherlock Holmes set…

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History Is Embedded in Language

I just finished reading a novel by Alena Graedon called “The Word Exchange.” The basic plot is that technology, both in the form of handheld devices called “Memes” and a wearable called “Nautilus,” causes what is called a word flu, wherein people start substituting regular words with nonsense words. For some, the flu, which also causes other physical symptoms, is deadly, or it may cause a permanent “silencing” of individuals. Of course, corporate greed and…

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