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What were they thinking?

  Occasionally, a book comes along that just makes you go “Huh?” I’ve got one like that now. It is the German language Praktisches Kochbuch für die Deutschen in Amerika, (second American edition) by Henriette Davidis, published circa 1897 by Geo. Brumder … Continue reading

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Autumn Meditation – a poem in terza rima form

I’ve been wanting for years to capture the way I feel when I look at autumn foliage, and I’ve finally approached it with an old rhyme form: terza rima. Dante used it to write The Divine Comedy, and much latter, … Continue reading

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A cartoonist in wartime – WWII editorial cartoons

On a beautiful Midwest autumn morning, with sparse cotton candy clouds dotting a deep blue sky, I was walking across the parking lot toward my ten-story office building when a co-worker got out of her car and said there was … Continue reading

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On naming things

An interesting question appeared on one of the newsgroups I frequent. The poster wanted to know the name for the symbols publishers sometimes put between sections of a text. These symbols take a variety of forms. Someone working on a modern … Continue reading

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To write no more

…if some educators get their way, writing — cursive writing, longhand, penmanship — is on the way out. What does that mean for inscribed books? Continue reading

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