Winter Solstice

Washington, DC, July 29, 2009 -- NLE'09 in the FEMA Sim Center.  FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Master, Peer, Ward, Puppet

In 1886 a terrible drought turned the plains of Texas to a vast expanse of dust. The United States Congress responded by appropriating $10,000 for seed for Texas farmers, who were in dire straits. This proposal was not folded into some enormous all-or-nothing bill, but was its own thing, to be voted for or against, [...]

Light Amid Darkness: A Christmas Meditation

On first hearing the news that Calvin Coolidge had died, humorist Dorothy Parker impishly asked, “How could they tell?”  I thought of that the other day when a friend told me that the Winter Solstice was coming, thus giving us the shortest day and the longest night of the year.  Living in a place where, [...]