Blackbeard and the Use of Power

Under the rules that existed in his time, Blackbeard sometimes operate legally with a royal pardon, and sometimes without the pardon. However, Blackbeard’s power and popularity rested on his position as a sea captain and commander of a large fleet, regardless of legalities.

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Learning about American History

My own children have no living memory of any major war: World War II, Korea or Vietnam.   They and their children know nothing about the gas shortages of the 1980s and Jimmy Carter’s inflation that destroyed our small community banks. They do know about wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the destruction of the twin towers in 2001.  My grandchildren don’t even remember that. What do they teach in American history courses in today’s high schools?

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A Virtual Graduation

We have attended many graduations, and this was the first one where we heard every speaker and actually saw the face of the graduate.

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Washington’s Shadow: New Review

Washington's Shadow was featured in a review in Chesapeake Style Magazine, April 2020 edition, written by Ann Skelton:     Barbara McLennan’s latest historical fiction, Washington’s Shadow, is set thirty years after the long winter at Valley Forge in 1778....

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Birds and Flowers in a Lock-down

We have become much more vigilant about the immediate surroundings, and not just the construction.  This year we really saw the coming of spring, and the birds and flowers have been stunning..

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Corona Virus, Technology and Communicating

New technology appears to be accompanied by old jokes.  Over these last two weeks, I’ve received, over the internet, samples of stuff that apparently keep people from going crazy with boredom.  The jokes fall into several categories, all somehow related to coping with the corona virus. 

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Coronavirus and a Spring Sale

The coronavirus epidemic, coming in March, has coincided with the beginning of spring and my birthday. Certainly a memorable birthday, celebrated with a carryout dinner. My husband and I have behaved according to the rules. We stay at home, away as much as possible...

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Happy New Year and a New Scan for Me

I wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year. For me, in the health department, the past year has been a challenge. In July 2018 I began a series of treatments for an aggressive case of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The regime of six treatments took me to November 2018. Since...

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