Yearly Archives: 2016

China, The Political Football

It is interesting how nearly every politician seeking national office blames China for a major part of our economic ills, as if the China aristocracy has masterminded a plot to take over the world using cheap labor and ruthless acquisitions

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Richard Traylor. WA

Here are my thoughts after reading the book. Lives of the Spirits by John Anthony Pappas Actors like Robert Duval believe that art should never corrupt or misrepresent the truth. Well, Mr. Pappas obviously subscribes to that philosophy in this

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Pokin’ Around in the Fog and Dust of Time

Before the internet was invented research was different. I used to peruse obscure libraries and secondhand book stores for technical or historical information I needed. Looking for the right books required a great deal of searching–often in old bookstores with

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The Curse of Book Jackets

Don’t you love to gaze upon a dazzling book cover and then read the back hype and know this is a book you’re going to really like? You look forward to a great story. Then you get 40 pages into

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Thomas Jefferson & Sally Hemings

This post is a reprint of a reply I sent to Bob Turner at the University of Virginia. We met online over a movie that had been made regarding the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. I have done

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Where did the Chinook go?

The fall of 1780 brought the first widespread Curse on the Northwest Coast. It was called a curse because they couldn’t see it. They couldn’t fight it or protect their families from it. Blisters appeared in their mouths, faces, all

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Robert E Brown, Russellville AR

I read When Wolf Comes, then I re-read the book. And the second time was better than the first. An extremely good story, a wealth of detail, and the sense that the author not only knows his subject, but loves

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K.J. Baker, Monroe, WA

Amazing new author found! I usually hesitate to read books from authors with whom I am not familiar and was very pleasantly surprised with John Pappas’s When Wolf Comes. I enjoy reading about Native American lifestyles but am not really

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Captain Robert Gray

Gray claimed discovery of Big River (what the natives called it) and named it after his ship, the Columbia, in the spring of 1792. Vancouver was there a few weeks ahead of Gray but failed to cross the bar at

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