Monthly Archives: May 2016

Beech trees in Newport, RI (and elsewhere)

Nothing lasts forever. Trees live a long time, but they too succumb. I noticed the many beautiful beech trees in Newport. I also noticed that they were not all in the best of condition. A quick research confirmed. The beech … Continue reading

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A classy guy

When King George VI visited Hyde Park, Mrs Roosevelt (mother Sara) wanted to take down a collections of revolutionary cartoons ridiculing the British monarch. Somebody forgot and when the King & Queen came in, they seemed to go immediately to … Continue reading

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FDR – heroic age of conservation

The first half of the 20th Century was the heroic age of American conservation. The Forest Service was founded in 1905, the National Park Service in 1916. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Works Progress Administration (WPA) came out of … Continue reading

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FDR tour 1 – The ecology of leadership

Franklin Roosevelt was the most consequential president of the 20th Century and our United States would be very different w/o him. Studying FDR is one of my hobbies. He was a fantastically complex and interesting character. He broke all the … Continue reading

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Newburgh Conspiracy

I wanted to stop off at the place where Washington ended the Newburgh conspiracy, so I went to where I thought it was, i.e. Washington’s headquarters in Newburgh. I found a nice museum and a beautiful location, but not the … Continue reading

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Finished the longleaf pine seminar in Franklin, Virginia

            Longleaf used to be the dominant ecosystem in much of the tidewater south and even into the piedmont. It was an extremely diverse and rich ecosystem, combining a forest and a grassland. Longleaf pine … Continue reading

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