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My old Fourth of July post holds up surprising well…

I was feeling a little nostalgic this morning, thinking about how, this year, there would be no Ypsilanti Fourth of July parade. So I decided to look through the archive and see what I’d said about the parade in the past. Following is one of my posts from a few years ago. I’m curious to […]

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On the eve of unveiling his plan for the “holistic revitalization and recovery” to black America, Donald Trump says he won’t “even consider” renaming U.S. military bases named after Confederate Generals, and announces that he’ll hold a rally on Juneteenth, near the site of the Tulsa Race Massacre

Three days ago, word came out through various channels that our embattled president, facing intense criticism for his handling of the Black Lives Matter protests which swept our nation this past week, was likely going to make a public statement on race. Most notably, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson told CNN’s Jake Tapper […]

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It looks as though my great, great, great, great, great grandfather, Clark Wise, may have been with Washington at Valley Forge

While I’m tempted to make the case that my family’s Wise line goes all the way back to Colonel John Wise (1617-1695), who is thought to have arrived in the Virginia Colony from England in 1635, I think it’s probably more likely that the first Wise in my family to step foot in America was […]

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Introducing my great, great, great grandfather, Joseph Phillip Florian

This, I’ve been told, is my great, great, great grandfather, Joseph Phillip Florian. From what I’ve been able to ascertain, he was born in Poland on November 22, 1831, and arrived at the Port of New York on June 9, 1840 aboard a ship from Le Havre, France called the Robert Parker. [This would have […]

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75 hours in Baltimore…. celebrating the Monkey Power Trio’s 23rd day as a band

The weekend of October 21st marked the 23rd meeting of my one-day-a-year pseudo-band, the Monkey Power Trio. For those of you who might not be familiar with our origin story, it all began back in 1995 with a promise between old friends one hot, summer afternoon in Brooklyn. On the spur of the moment, we’d […]

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