The News That Was: Krakatoa 1883

One of the most frustrating things about living through current events is that we don’t yet know the final results. Our knowledge builds over time until eventually, sometimes, the whole story is known. But I’m always interested in what people knew at the...

Drugs, the Press, and Congress

If you pay much attention to U.S. politics, you have probably heard that some aspects of our current situation can be compared to the Gilded Age in the late 19th century. The most commonly noted similarities are social problems and increasing wealth disparity. Of...

Random Bits of History

Sometimes I start to research a topic and decide, for a variety of reasons, not to do a full post. But some of those bits are still interesting, so I’ll share some of them with you. Hat Trick A hat trick is a term used in sports to signify the completion of three...

Why a Cog Railway?

Today’s post is a special request from my dad, Jim Hanson. He was watching Jay Leno’s Garage and saw a segment about the train that takes visitors to the top of Mount Washington in New Hampshire. My dad’s last base before he retired from the U.S. Air...

What’s Your Type?

I love to read about people who were a little (or even a lot) out of step with the norms of the era in which they lived. And I mean stepping forward, not backward. Katharine Cook Briggs (1875-1968) was lucky enough to be born into a family with new-fangled ideas about...