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For the time being, I have had it with trying to write about the usual things.  With this piece, I am going to confine myself to being a travel writer, recommending here three battlefields tha(more..)


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(By Chris Sharp) A salient aspect of teaching high school students some history is my asking, “How many in this room want to hear another story about John Adams and Thomas Jefferson?”&n(more..)


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For some time now, Saudi Arabia has been served as an introductory course in traditional Islam for our American purposes.   I believe this has been so because there are two key words in e(more..)


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Easter, the principal festival of the Christian church year, celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his Crucifixion. The origins of Easter date to the beginnings of Chri(more..)


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(From history.com) St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, the saint’s religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed t(more..)


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February 14th is Valentine’s Day, a worldwide celebration of love and romance, marked by giving red roses and chocolate hearts or by sending valentines. Often derided as a “Hallmark hol(more..)


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(By Chris Sharp) I have some Facebook posts from friends who know that I was full-time journalist for some 20 years and a freelance writer for more years than that.  So, they have been expecti(more..)


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Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman (more..)


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Throughout history mankind has celebrated the bountiful harvest with thanksgiving ceremonies. Before the establishment of formal religions many ancient farmers believed that their crops contained s(more..)


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(By Chris Sharp) My father William Walter Sharp was 14 years old in the Thanksgiving of 1933, and he was living with my grandfather Walter Eddins Sharp in a large cow barn within the city limits of(more..)