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Trying to piece together the young life of my great grandmother, Minnie Florian Wise

The woman to the right is my great grandmother. Her name was Minnie Florence Wise, and she was born on December 9, 1892, in Montgomery County, Kentucky, which is about 30 miles east of Lexington, where, if I’m not mistaken, her grandfather, John Anderson Wise (1823-1893), fought on the side of the Union during the […]

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As some Republicans begin to stand up against Trump and McConnell on white nationalism and gun control, the fight shifts to Walmart and the corporations underwriting Trumpism

It’s now been a few days since a white nationalist gunman took the lives of 22 people in El Paso and there are any number of things that we could discuss. I’m inclined to focus on Mitch McConnell’s continued refusal to bring House Resolution 8 to a vote in the Senate, but I really don’t […]

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My great-grandfather’s story of theft aboard The Robert E. Lee

The family and I have spent the last four days in the Maine woods, where my aunt and her husband had rented a cabin so that our extended family could celebrate my father’s 75th birthday together. Aside from falling in Maine’s largest lake while completely clothed, having to scrub vomit from the upholstery of a […]

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Curtis Florian

This is my great grandfather, Curtis Florian. He was the father of my dad’s mother. According to my dad, this particular photo was taken of him in 1915, as World War I was getting underway. My great grandfather would have been about 23 years old at the time. He was a tobacco farmer in Kentucky, […]

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