Pilgrim Hall

As I revisit Plymouth this week to soak up the history of the town’s role our country’s history, one important stop is Pilgrim Hall. Today Plymouth is a thriving community of around 60,000 people. In 1620 the population had been reduced from 102 Mayflower passengers to the fifty-one who lived through the first grueling winter. These English survivors established their new Plimoth Plantation on the site of an abandoned Patuxet village. A pandemic had swept through […]

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Mayflower II

This week and next I return to Plymouth and Provincetown where I did some of the research for Mayflower Chronicles: The Tale of Two Cultures. Our first stop is Plimoth Plantation – recently renamed Plimoth Patuxet to acknowledge the community’s name when Indigenous people occupied the area. Plimoth Patuxet is a living museum. People dressed in period outfits talk about their lives in the 17th century. Today there is an in-door museum and theatre and […]

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Earth Day Birthday

Next Thursday (April 22) is the 51st birthday for Earth Day. Happy Earth Day Birthday. A year ago, when the world went into lockdown as we tried to contain the Coronavirus, Mother Nature let a huge sigh of relieve and things changed. Wildlife got bolder, showing up in places where they’d not been seen in decades. Noise pollution decreased. Air quality improved, revealing vistas long hidden in smog. These and other changes make the case […]

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Debra Haaland – New Secretary of the Interior.

I never heard the name Debra Haaland until President Biden appointed this Native American woman to his Cabinet as Secretary of the Interior last December. Our paths will likely never cross, though I would love to meet her and learn more about her tribal affiliation with the Laguna Pueblos. Her appointment is a sign of hope for our multi-cultural continent. Finally, after four centuries, a Native American woman sits at the table where national policies […]

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Land Yields Life

Land. Land yields life. All living creatures depend on the land. No land, no life. We fight wars to determine who has the right to dwell on and drill or dig into the land. We harvest natural resources for shelter, food, and fuel. We go to court to determine whose rights will prevail in property disputes. Our modern ways of managing the land are based on assumptions imported to this continent by early European colonists. […]

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