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My First Iconic Baseball Hero — Minnie Minoso

Tyler Kepner's Case for His Placement in Cooperstown. I didn't need today's New York Times story on Minoso to believe he deserves to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame -- with former teammates, second baseman Nellie Fox and shortstop…

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Save the Hibiscus; Save the Fern [and 1 other]

Last year, during one wave of the plague, the two hibiscus plants on the deck were welcomed to the basement office for winter hibernation. Sad to say, only one survived. This year, Lillian has rallied to save the survivor from…

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Playing the Race Card — In the Civil War

The Birth of "Miscegenation" and Fake News A few months after the bloody anti-draft riots in Manhattan in 1863, the New York World fanned already combustible racial fears smoldering in the city with its "news" of a "bawdy interracial ball."…

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At the Polls Today, Not Friday

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we did not join the 400 plus Fairfax County residents who chose to vote at a nearby community library. When we checked Friday, after the unexpected delay, the line was long and there were…

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The 10-Foot Tall, 21st Century Terra Cotta Warrior

So we have heard much of China’s rise as a military power in recent days, as Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States inked a deal for Canberra to build nuclear-powered submarines using the highly restricted propulsion technology of…

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Our 11th Anniversary — A Little Late

Before Lillian and I set out to mark our 11th anniversary, two days late, I shot these images. The first shows the splendid growth of a unique exchange of a plant from a contractor to customer for our courtesy. The…

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Children of the Same Foul Spirit

Bells being rung at Shanksville, Pa., commemorating 20th anniversary of terrorist attack on the United States. (Photo: NBC News) I certainly never believed that George W. Bush was much of an orator, always looking like a smirking prep boy when…

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