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Some years ago, genealogical research led me to the knowledge that ships such as the Mayflower in 1620 carried a great amount of beer because it remained more pure and drinkable than water on long … more
WE HAVE ENTERED A PRELUDE TO EXTINCTION. Some guy or other on TV is always bragging about having 7 or 8 kids, it seems; and Republicans, opposing women’s reproductive freedom, are forever … more
This is a continuation of my May 17 blog, in which I mentioned both of the occasions pictured here. The era was 1964-65, and as best I can recall it was sort of “cat’s away the mice will … more
AS NEAR AS I CAN FIGURE IT, our president still can’t see the forest for the trees when it comes to the matter of tariffs. Surely he can’t just be trying to con the public with a fake, … more
IT ALL TRANSPIRED 55 YEARS AGO, so I guess I can’t get in much trouble over it now. Anyone else involved in even the … more
GLOBAL WARMING, COUPLED WITH RACISM, in my mind, is paving the way for these horsemen. The apocalypse, whether inspired by the judgment of a god or by Mother Nature, is real and it’s coming our … more
My days of anticipation of when the carnival arrived in town have long since passed, but I’ll always remember those days of my youth when Washington Street in downtown Port Townsend was closed … more
CRUELTY RULES THE ROOST—As columnist Charles M. Blow (New York Times) stated recently: “Trump elevated the coarsest constituencies of the party—the racists, the Nazis, the white … more
“THIS COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED on the ideas of justice, of liberty, of the pursuit of happiness. But these core beliefs are under threat. Each and every day. We are under threat by an administration … more
It was early in March of 1891, just a couple or three years after the above photo was taken, that “Oyster Charley” Larsen expired after downing 13 glasses of whiskey in a row. Charley was the … more
IT SEEMS OBVIOUS TO ME that we’re locked in combat between the colossal ego of the presidential poseur in the White House and a would-be inclusive society struggling to maintain ethnic, judicial … more
‘BLANKET BILL’ JARMAN, ADVENTURER—When I published my first book of local history in 2000, my introduction to a section on Port Townsend’s founders lamented history generally ignoring H. C. … more
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