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Mark Twain admits to setting a wildland fire at Lake Tahoe

When young Samuel Clemens first came to the Nevada Territory in 1861, he thought he would be given an easy office job assisting his brother, Orion, who had been named by President Lincoln to be the first and only Territorial Secretary for Nevada. 914 more words


Digital identities

Fingerprints are unique to every individual. And so are biometrics. 646 more words

Odds & Ends

The Girl in the Portrait: Emma Beach and Mark Twain

The rain came down on wind-blown seas in New York Harbor on June 8, 1867, when about sixty-five passengers boarded the side-wheel steamship Quaker City… 1,295 more words

Mansion Musings

Jew of Oklahoma

If you appreciate Kinky Friedman then you’ll certainly enjoy Mark Rubin of Bad Livers fame. The seamless confluence of many styles is an authentic distillation that marks this debut out for serious consideration, shot through with a wonderful self-deprecating sense of humor. 101 more words


Writing is easy

Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.

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I’ve been through some terrible things

I’ve been through some terrible things in my life, a few of which actually happened. — Mark Twain