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Archaeogrieftourism

I am bored when people weep over the destruction of Nineveh. Their brief public wailing has no tie to the basalt roots carved by waves of conquest and cruelty. Do they imagine that Shamshi-Adad would hold hands with them, and … Continue reading

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Your Enthusiasm for Protecting Antiquities Cost Army Pfc. Edward J. Herrgott His Life

Your Enthusiasm for Protecting Antiquities Cost Army Pfc. Edward J. Herrgott His Life  [Listen to us discuss this and similar issues on the Caraheard Podcast] The full tale of Pfc. Herrgott, the first Minnesotan to die in the Iraq war … Continue reading

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Le Grand Meaulnes (The Lost Domain) and Battlefield Archaeology

Alain-Fournier’s only masterpiece, Le Grand Meaulnes, recounts the twisting journey of 15 year old François Seurel, whose life is buffeted by the arrival of the older boy, Augustin Meulnes.  Together and apart, they wander to a hidden, isolated manor, which … Continue reading

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Farewell, Roosevelt School

The Roosevelt Elementary School (now the Roosevelt Learning Center), burned down Saturday night (6/15/2014).  The building was built in 1920, and featured a beautiful stairway flanked by two huge marble columns.  I walked through those doors many, many times (a … Continue reading

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thro.out greek style

From Jacque Tati’s Playtime.   The clip is from a tradeshow scene, where everyone, even American tourists, can see the wonders of a modernist Paris.  thro.out greek style

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The Hiawatha Asylum

The Hiawatha Asylum is (or was) at terrible place.  I don’t want to write about it.  But it has been in the news today.  This is a pretty good story and video: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/05/sd-native-american-insane-asylum/2137011/  Here is a good article you might … Continue reading

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Not All That Funny

This is a revised post.  I misread the tone and intent of the article “Losing Face”  in the Appendix.  The author and editors quickly listened to my concerns, and I decided I was wrong and hot-headed (not news to some of you). … Continue reading

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The Most Determined Explorer from Breckenridge, Minnesota

An Excerpt from Walter Cheadle, Cheadle’s Journal of Trip Across Canada: 1862-1863 (TouchWood Editions, 2011), pp 127-128. Perry . . . the most determined fellow he ever knew.  He crossed the prairies to the Rocky Mountain and over them. into … Continue reading

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An Interview in a Field In North Dakota

[two trucks in a frozen field, facing opposite directions, drivers talking through the opened windows] I was a railroad engineer and drove the last steam engine.  It’s on display in Bismarck. I went to Korea and got married when I … Continue reading

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County Fair Sketches

The game is County Fair sketch.   Players can sketch only as long as the ride or event lasts.  Then you rush to the next thing.  That’s how County Fairs are done.   

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