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Fortification Friday: Star Forts and not-so Star Forts

Our discussion of Mahan’s simple “intrenchments” brings us to the star fort today.  And I feel the star fort is the most troublesome form to discuss in public.  965 more words

American Civil War

Michael Phelps Pondered Suicide After DUI Arrest -- Now best of Michael Phelps may lie ahead

Michael Phelps in action in the mens 200m butterfly final in London 2012. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian

Michael Phelps, the American swimmer whose 22 Olympic medals make him the most decorated Olympian of all time, has revealed that he was “in a really dark place” after he was arrested last year for drunk-driving – and admitted to feelings of “not wanting to be alive anymore.” 854 more words

Jennie and Milly the Quilter

I had dinner with Milly the quilter tonight.  She has been such an important part of my classroom over the years.  Her quilts are works of art, and when she quilts with children somehow she creates a magic connection that all children feel.  438 more words

The Star Spangled Banner, the American anthem

The lyrics of the American anthem come from the Defence of Fort McHenry, a poem by Francis Scott Key. He witnessed the British siege of Fort McHenry in the war of 1812. 869 more words

American English

time flying by

Time has been flying by, leaving me with a few joyful memories and sore feet.  Since April, we have celebrated our daughter    Emma’s wedding, survived summer camps and vacations and started back to school. 348 more words


A government-sanctioned shrine

This Labor Day weekend, I had the opportunity to visit Fort McHenry. I knew the fort was part of the National Park System, but I was surprised to see that the large sign outside the visitors’ center said “Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine.” I’ve never heard the term “historic shrine” used to refer to, well, anything. 218 more words

The Fort McHenry

Took this photo behind the Hammond Castle. This Naval Vessel is 610 feet, helicopters and V-22 ospreys can take off and land from this ship. It can hold four hover crafts for landing Marines. 19 more words

Beautiful Industry