Kids COVID-19 Coin Curriculum?

Or: How I learned about EVERYTHING from a coin. I like to collect money. Who doesn’t? But I’m talking about weird money. If you travel, it’s actually not strange to see different sorts of money, but 35+ years ago when I first stumbled across a coin bearing non-Latin characters, it seemed a magical treasure. A … Continue reading Kids COVID-19 Coin Curriculum?

Me Writing About Me Writing About Me Writing

Or: I used to write a weekly column. I've got a big piece about coins and COVID in the works, but it's been stuck at the 88% done mark for a few weeks. Maybe this'll help to break the blog content logjam? (It did!) Well, I actually have drafts of several mundane blog posts gathering … Continue reading Me Writing About Me Writing About Me Writing

WWII, Australia, Paintings, Families, Rocks

I found this story under a rock a while ago. (figuratively speaking) ...Which is fitting, because it's a tale of things hidden under a rock. (figuratively speaking) It starts on a farm My Granddaddy John grew up on a farm in Virginia.  It was a big farm.  It is possible that his family owned slaves … Continue reading WWII, Australia, Paintings, Families, Rocks

#DumpDrumpf

Here's the thing. The Drumpf movement is just making fun of somebody's name that changed when they immigrated to the United States. I have many friends with "weird" names, or whose Americanized/Anglicized names aren't the names their ancestors had a few generations ago. Should we make fun of their names? Are they worth less because … Continue reading #DumpDrumpf