Blues Fallin’ Down Like Rain

This week, the photo blog of the Denver Post posted a remarkable set of photos here by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, taken in the late Thirties and early Forties. Apparently, they are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town … Continue reading Blues Fallin’ Down Like Rain

Dead Men Talking

For reasons I can’t quite grasp, I was meditating on “famous last words” the other day. And not just any last words. Over the years I’ve amassed something of a mental collection of final utterances of the good and the guilty, as spoken on the gallows or on the way to the electric chair or … Continue reading Dead Men Talking

4th of July (Flags of Our Fathers)

In his seminal, eye-opening and mind-expanding survey of early American history Albion’s Seed, Doctor David Hackett Fischer explores how the folkways of four different regional cultures from the British Isles underlay American history and culture and there continuing influence up to the present day. Fischer’s cross-disciplinary study (history, anthropology, geography, music, gender studies, folklore)  is fresh and … Continue reading 4th of July (Flags of Our Fathers)