What’s Left of the Past: The Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar in Sarasota, Florida

Originally posted on …said the Fox:
Taking my dad to visit a local institution that has withstood the ravages of ferocious growth. Some things remain intact in my hometown… It’s a different town. That’s all I can say when anyone asks me what I think of Sarasota today. When I grew up here, there were few buildings higher than two stories. It was affordable, or at least affordable enough that a family of four could come down and start over in a stilt house on a shell drive in a part of town so close to the water that retiring… Continue reading What’s Left of the Past: The Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar in Sarasota, Florida

The Civil War: Myths vs. Facts (Examiner Link)

It’s never easy for a society to have an honest discussion about something which is both painful, divisive, and factual. America is experiencing that painful time with the calls to remove all symbols of the Confederate States of America, such as the rebel flag, statues glorifying Confederate generals and politicians, and ending government funding of cemeteries which hold the remains of Confederate soldiers. Activists on both sides make some very compelling (READ FULL STORY) Continue reading The Civil War: Myths vs. Facts (Examiner Link)

In honor of Ben Franklin, an “Off Path” Independence Day proposal

Independence Day is the time of year where we seem to get a very good survey of America’s founding, but what’s often lost on us is some of the more amusing anecdotes of American history.  This week’s trek off the path takes us to one of America’s Founders, and a matter which is as timeless and egalitarian as its originator is. The person is Ben Franklin and the subject is flatulence. Yes, you read right – Ben Franklin once became involved in a dialogue (likely satirical) to improve the smell of human farts.  The man who loved French women as … Continue reading In honor of Ben Franklin, an “Off Path” Independence Day proposal

Some Easy Ways to Discern Real History from the Junk on the Internet

Originally posted on John's Head:
Thucidydes is considered the father of modern western history. “It is the habit of mankind to entrust to careless hope what they long for, and to use sovereign reason to thrust aside what they do not desire.” – Thucydides Had the man known as the “Father of History” seen today’s internet, he would be astonished by the accuracy of that quote. The internet has created a wealth of information for everyone to share and research, but it’s too easy for well-meaning individuals to fall prey to individuals.  Recent controversies in the United States have… Continue reading Some Easy Ways to Discern Real History from the Junk on the Internet