Category Archives: History

The story of how my dad came to meet me

Today, at 3:09 PM EST, I will have completed my 51st trip around the sun. To mark the occasion, my father, who I’ve never known to write much in the way of family history, wrote a long, detailed letter about coming to see me, after hearing that my mother had gone into labor. Here, because […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

A few years ago, I made the decision not to write anything new for Thanksgiving, but, instead, to recycle something that I’d written the year before. And, ever since then, I’ve been posting the same damn thing. Well, here it is again. I was tempted to remove some of the old references, and replace them […]

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Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day in France with Donald Trump

There are a lot of reasons not to like Donald Trump. Some, admittedly, are better than others. Today, I have a really trivial one to add to the list… Given his antics in Europe right now, he’s forcing me to change my annual post about how I prefer Armistice Day to Veterans’ Day. Here’s what […]

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With midterms approaching, the evil of the right is on full display

With the midterms fast approaching, and the prospect of both houses of Congress, as well as several statehouses, potentially flipping, Republicans across the country are becoming increasingly desperate. And, as you might imagine, this desperation is manifesting itself in truly terrible ways. In Texas, with the young, dynamic Beto O‚ÄôRourke gaining momentum, Ted Cruz has […]

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Video of Ypsilanti during the summer of 1970 is discovered

Ever wonder what #Ypsilanti looked like in the summer of #1970? Well, thanks to my friend Barry LaRue, now we know. Here's the recently unearthed 8mm footage shot by LarRue when he was 14. Note the old Michigan Ave porn shop, and the "Art" theater. https://t.co/FYgRSroVDx — Mark Maynard (@MarkAMaynard) October 19, 2018 I’ve now […]

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