After my aunt took me to Hawaii as a college graduation present, I came home with a newfound distaste for pineapple. It didn’t start that way. I used to really like pineapple. But after a week of having pineapple served… Read More ›


Just a week shy of my fourth birthday, my family I moved to the small rural town where lived until I graduated from high school. I lived there again briefly after college. As we settled into small town life, my… Read More ›


Warning: This is a post about the election. If you’re sick of reading about it, stop now. You’re still reading. You’ve been warned. This is your last chance to turn back. Still here? Well okay then. Here we go.  … Read More ›


In the days leading up to the Cub Scout camping trip that we went on in October, my son asked over and over if we would be able to go fishing while we were there. He had asked to go fishing numerous… Read More ›

Recent Posts

  • Return to Sender

    As if getting hearing aids at 38, bifocals at 41, and having creaky knees wasn’t enough, I got this in the mail yesterday. I really don’t want or need any help feeling older than I am, thank you very much…. Read More ›

  • Resolutions

    One year when I was young (I don’t remember how old…elementary age), I asked my mom what her New Year’s resolution was. She said she didn’t have one. This struck me as odd. I thought all grownups HAD to have… Read More ›

  • Soul

    One of the primary reasons I enjoy history is because it helps me to gain perspective. As bad as things may seem now, there is always the distinct possibility that someone, somewhere has been through this (or worse) before. Yet… Read More ›

  • Freedoms

    As a teacher (and forever a student) of US History, one of my favorite presidents is Franklin Roosevelt. Whether or not one agrees with his policy actions, the thing that most impresses me when I read about Roosevelt is how… Read More ›

  • Hiatus

    It seems I’ve taken an unexpected hiatus from my blog for a while…not that I expect many people noticed or cared. And that’s fine by me. Sometimes we just need a break, even from things that we really enjoy doing…. Read More ›

  • Movies

    As soon as I was old enough to drive, I started going to the movies whenever I could. I still have all of the ticket stubs from the movies I watched my senior year in high school and my freshman… Read More ›

  • Sapiens

    Another book recommendation that showed up on my Kindle recently was Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. I’d seen the book at the store and on the Internet, but I had no idea what it was about except that it said… Read More ›

  • Graduation

    So my adventure in getting rid of most social media ended sooner than I expected. But before you think of me as weak-willed, let me explain. In the past few years, my main activity on Facebook is to watch over… Read More ›

  • Hamilton

    One of the nice things about being a history nerd is that it’s often easy to find good deals on books. If you’re patient enough, even highly acclaimed books will show up in the bargain section of the book store,… Read More ›

  • Simplicity


    Recently, there was a set of articles in the Style section (strangely enough) of the New York Times that discussed Generation X and the oddities of the 1990s. Of course, I didn’t think the 1990s were weird at all. My… Read More ›

  • Superheroes

    Helping Hands

    Like any decent pre-Internet teenage boy, I got hooked on comic books when I was in junior high. By hooked, I mean I would spend my entire $20 allowance on comics without thinking twice. I very carefully read every word… Read More ›

  • Reset

    So…we moved into our new house a little over two weeks ago. I was hoping for the process to go by quickly, but I never expected this. Once we put our house on the market, it sold in 11 days!… Read More ›

  • Moving

    I intended to write more often in 2019. Not so much a resolution…just a desire to get these random thoughts out of my head. There’s a saying about good intentions, but hopefully that doesn’t apply here. Instead, much of my… Read More ›

  • Football

    I realized recently that despite the name of and inspiration for this website, I’ve never really actually written anything about football or any other sport. Today, I’m going to right this wrong…or write this wrong…whichever. Football was one of the… Read More ›

  • Stories 11/2/18

    News To Me These stories may not interest you much, but they were all News To Me. Vox has a Q&A with Marion Nestle, author of Unsavory Truth, a book about how the food industry has influenced much of the research… Read More ›