ATOMIC FISSION : “IS THERE NO BALM IN GILEAD?”

May 8, 2012 An article in the summer 2012 Washington State University Magazine titled The Atomic Landscape arrested my attention. Discussed is the WWII Manhattan Project and the development of atomic bombs.  Hanford Nuclear Reservation in South-Eastern Washington on the Columbia River is where successful atomic fission  resulted in building  atom bombs.  Hanford is in close proximityContinue reading “ATOMIC FISSION : “IS THERE NO BALM IN GILEAD?””

TEPPANYAKI GRILL AND SUPREME BUFFET – Twin Cities Growing Ethnic Diversity

Recently we came upon the Teppanyaki Grill & Supreme Buffet (2216 E Lake St Minneapolis)  , purportedly Minnesota’s largest buffet.  Located in the Midtown/Phillips  area of Minneapolis, one of the city’s most ethnically diverse sections,  features Asian-Japanese cuisane.  Introduced after WWII  tappanyaki  restaurants and buffets specialize in Western influenced food.

PANAMA/CARIBBEAN – CHINA’S ECONOMIC CLOUT

Recently a phone conversation  with a Comcast help desk technician regarding a laptop problem led to a discussion regarding Panama. He had spent three years in Panama as a radio communications expert. My inquiries regarding the United States’ role in Panama elicited the response that the U.S. role is minimal and that of China paramount.

PANAMA CANAL – THE CULEBRA CUT

April 7, 2012 Prior to our recent trip to Panama preparation involved reading  David  McCullough’s “The Path Between the Seas:  The creation of the Panama Canal 1870-1914”.  What riveted my attention was McCullough’s description of a vast and unprecedented feat of engineering.  My imagination was stimulated to view and understand the working of the “largest (engineering)Continue reading “PANAMA CANAL – THE CULEBRA CUT”

TRAVEL IN PANAMA – IMRESSIONS REPLACE STEREOTYPE

April 2, 2012 My imagination was stimulated by standing where Balboa, hearing that Panama had another coast, crossed the narrow isthmus  of Panama and became the first European to gaze upon the Pacific Ocean.  This is the place where several centuries later the engineering masterpiece of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries a canal was cut throughContinue reading “TRAVEL IN PANAMA – IMRESSIONS REPLACE STEREOTYPE”

THE AKA PYGMY: LESSONS FROM THE FOREST

March 12, 2012 The spring issue of the Washington State Magazine features:  “Lessons From The Forest –  The anthropology of childhood”,  an article discussing anthropological research of Barry Hewlett,  professor at Washington State University – Vancouver.  The article’s focus portrays  paternal infant and child care among one of the last hunter-gatherer populations, the Aka  Pygmies of the Central African Republic andContinue reading “THE AKA PYGMY: LESSONS FROM THE FOREST”

BLACK HISTORY MONTH – Blacks in the Civil War

Historians in assessing the role of black soldiers in the Civil War until World War II and the Civil Rights Era rather consistently minimized or ignored the role of black soldiers in the Union army. Interpretations of the Civil War usually ignored the institution of slavery as a  primary cause of the conflict.  Since the Civil Rights EraContinue reading “BLACK HISTORY MONTH – Blacks in the Civil War”

GORBACHEV – THE COLLAPSE OF THE SOVIET UNION : Twentieth Anniversary

January 30, 2012 Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Union’s last leader and first constitutional president, on the twentieth anniversary of the collapse of Soviet Russia, argues (The Nation, 1/15/2012, p.10-12)  that “a secure and just world order was missed.” Western commentators, Gorbachev observes, tend to celebrate the collapse of the USSR of Stalin and Brezhnev as havingContinue reading “GORBACHEV – THE COLLAPSE OF THE SOVIET UNION : Twentieth Anniversary”

COSTA CONCORDIA AGROUND – LESSONS FROM THE MANCAVE

Each mid-morning a group of Becketwood Cooperative gentlemen meet for coffee hour in the carpentry-electrical workroom, their mancave, discussing  topics of mutual interest.  Virtually all these men are WWII veterans well into their mid-eighties or early nineties. Upon occasion their war experiences surface for discussion. Such was the case on a recent morning when talk dealt with the capsizing andContinue reading “COSTA CONCORDIA AGROUND – LESSONS FROM THE MANCAVE”

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY – “We Shall Overcome” – HAVE WE?

January 13, 2012 The Civil Rights Decade is bracketed  by the Supreme Court Oliver Brown et. al . decision of 1954  ordering that schools were to be desegregated with “all due and deliberate speed”.  The decade’s bookend is marked by  the Civil Rights Act signed July 2, 1964 by President Johnson in the presence of Martin Luther King Jr. The decadeContinue reading “MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY – “We Shall Overcome” – HAVE WE?”