Category Archives: Gorgeous Piece of Writing

The best piece heralding 2019 is a portrait of America. In 1919

Over the past few years, I’ve relished the gorgeously written essays by historian (and Renaissance man) Ted Widmer who appears occasionally in the New York Times. I think there’s no more stirring and surprising way to welcome 2019 than reading … Continue reading

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A real hero just died. His story is thrilling

I don’t remember when or how I first learned about what a small group of Norwegians did during World War II, to ensure that Werner Heisenberg, a Nobel-prize winning German physicist, would not get his hands on heavy water, a … Continue reading

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The essence of capitalism at a mining company shareholders’ meeting

A summary of events leading to the excerpt that will follow: Two years before this general shareholders’ meeting, there had been a catastrophic explosion in the mine. The company’s highly valued superintendent had been at the disaster and had been … Continue reading

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