Category Archives: history

The Staggering Relevance of Bonhoeffer

Bonhoeffer’s been dogging me for decades and sometimes I do wish he’d back off, because he’s always reminding me that anything of value has a high price. I’m a tight-wad, I don’t like to pay high prices. Continue reading

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D-Day in Color

D-Day in color. By the numbers: 160,000 Allied troops, supported by more than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft, landed along a 50-mile stretch of French coastline. While the Allies sustained major casualties–9,000 killed or wounded–more than 100,000 troops would go … Continue reading

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Women of The French Resistance

A look at the life of another woman of the French Resistance, French housewife Berthe Fraser. Continue reading

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Grieving with Poland

I’ve been emailing back and forth today with a friend in Poland. I’m hosting a young Polish girl this summer, the student of my friend who teaches English there. We went over the details of Julia’s itinerary and plans for … Continue reading

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Suite Française and Irene’s Story

A review of Irene Némirovsky’s stunning novel of humanity in chaos; her book remained undiscovered for 64 years after her death at Auschwitz.
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The French Revolution and the Marquis de Lafayette

Lafayette joins another revolution in his homeland. A look at why it was so much harder this time. Continue reading

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The American Revolution and the Marquis de Lafayette

Without the military and diplomatic skills of this Frenchman, history may have had a different ending.
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Today at the salon…

A salon is a gathering of stimulating people of quality under the roof of an inspiring hostess or host, partly to amuse one another and partly to refine their taste and increase their knowledge through conversation and readings, often consciously … Continue reading

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Free Speech

Another First Amendment right fundamental to a democracy, and why Hate Crimes legislation is eroding this right.
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Religious Freedom

One of the most fundamental human rights that exists; a history of its inclusion in the First Amendment and why this right is under fire today.
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It’s a good thing Raphael didn’t attend public school in modern day Wisconsin

The Tomah Area School District in Wisconsin has a policy that bans Christian symbols in students’ artwork, leading to a high school student receiving a Zero on his illustration depicting a landscape with a cross and the lettering “John 3:16.” … Continue reading

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Altura Maxima: High Altitude Viticulture in Argentina

Following Swiss mulitmillionaire Donald Hess as he grows grapes at an unheard of 9,849 feet.
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The Appalachian Accent

It’s Aloha Friday over at An Island Life. Time to post a fun question for you, and be sure to check out the other participants at the link above. My question for today: What is one tidbit of your family … Continue reading

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Feudi di San Gregorio: Southern Italy’s Ancient Vines

Wine production in Campania is turning heads, combining state-of-the-art winemaking with ancient vines. Continue reading

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Rouge-Bleu: A Newbie Vine Farmer in Provence

Follow the trail of Jean-Marc as he works organically, praying for Mistral and sun in beautiful Provence in the South of France.
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Norman Rockwell: The People’s Painter

Dismissed by serious art critics in his lifetime, yet brilliant in his portrayals of everyday American life. It’s time for a reevaluation of Rockwell.
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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669)

Revered by the Dutch, this artist’s greatest work, Night Watch, has led a fascinating life of its own, reflective of its unique and creative maker.
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Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)

A French artist and leading painter of the Impressionist style. A sometimes starving artist, there were times he couldn’t afford paint. He discovered the color of shadows – and it’s not brown or black.
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Veterans History Project

Would you like to participate in the Veterans History Project? The Library of Congress is collecting oral histories of veterans or civilians involved in war efforts. You can help by contributing a story or conducting an interview! With over 1,000 … Continue reading

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