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Column One: Pick your historic day

posted: 07/27/2014 2:08 a.m. Discuss

Alert Reader, in this case a history professor here in Arkansas, noted a considerable gap--78 years--in my regularly revised July the Fourth column, which lists memorable dates in American history. There was no entry between November 19, 1863, when Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address, and December 7, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy" because of Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.

Column: The beauty of blight

posted: 07/23/2014 3:23 a.m. Comments 7

It's not every day that the New York Times blog devoted to photography--it's called Lens--runs a piece about Pine Bluff, Ark. (pop. 47,000).

Column One: Quick, hide the past!

posted: 07/20/2014 2:12 a.m. Comments 4

"Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past."

Columnists: The fragmentary South

posted: 07/16/2014 3:13 a.m. Discuss

Years ago, a decade ago, an old friend emailed me a classic Southern news story. It went down straight. Neat. Like a shot of Early Times. The story came out of the Mobile Press-Register down in Alabama back when it was still a daily.

Column One: Can we do this again?

posted: 07/13/2014 2:09 a.m. Discuss

It's a highlight of my year: a visit to Governor's School at Hendrix College in Conway. That summer program brings together promising young people from every corner of the state during the summer between their junior and senior years in high school. It's an occasion to anticipate the whole year long, then enjoy, and most important of all, to learn from. I always leave refreshed, cheered, buoyed. There's hope after all!

Columnists: Saving Private Turner

posted: 07/09/2014 3:26 a.m. Discuss

Pfc. Due W. Turner is no longer Columbia County's unknown soldier. At last his name will be where it belongs--on the monument to the country's veterans at the courthouse in Magnolia.

Column One: The Alien Patriot

posted: 07/06/2014 2:07 a.m. Comments 2

Americans have many blessings to count, not least among them the foreigners who come here to learn from us and wind up teaching us. The most insightful of them understand us better than we do ourselves, can see us more clearly than we see ourselves, and in their own way become more American than the Americans.

Columnists: Holiday Assortment

posted: 07/04/2014 2:15 a.m. Comments 5

What are the most significant dates in American history? The question makes a good parlor game, or just something to talk about while you're waiting for the fireworks to begin this evening. The answers may reveal less about history than about your own values and interests, and how they shape your pursuit of happiness, to borrow a phrase from the Declaration of Independence.

Columnists: Man in the middle

posted: 07/02/2014 3:15 a.m. Comment 1

The news that Howard Baker had passed at the age of 88 set off a kaleidoscopic swirl of memories, impressions, recollections and reflections--so many it was surprising, for he was not a particularly memorable politician, and certainly not a colorful one.

Column One: The office

posted: 06/29/2014 2:03 a.m. Discuss

The scene would be familiar to those of us of a certain age: a gray sea of metal desks at which clerks sit from 9 to 5 clacking away at typewriters or old-fashioned adding machines, making carbon copies (remember them?) of letters or records that no one may ever look at, or recording rows of figures to be filed away.


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