Author: Ray Hahn

  • Banks Built in the Dutch Style

    Banks Built in the Dutch Style

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    When I was a young lad of twelve, my teacher gave our class an assignment to create a career book.

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  • Crimes Against the First Amendment

    Crimes Against the First Amendment

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    One day about a decade ago a French postcard became a Napa Valley wine bottle label. The wine was fabulous, but a state agency decided it was unfit for distribution in their state because the content of the label – not the wine, the label was not appropriate in a public setting.

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  • The Legend of the White Canoe; by William Trumbull (1861-1933)

    The Legend of the White Canoe; by William Trumbull (1861-1933)

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    Long before the solitudes of western New York were disturbed by the presence of the white man, it was custom of the Indians to assemble occasionally at Niagara, and offer sacrifice to the Spirit of the Falls. The sacrifice consisted of a white birch-bark canoe, being sent over the terrible cliff, filled with ripe fruits…

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  • The Last Serious Thing!

    The Last Serious Thing!

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    [elementor-template id=”3378″] The Last Serious Thing (I plagiarized this title from Bruce Schoenfeld*.) Bullfighting. The very word raises the hackles of some people, and you know who they are; I shall be quiet about who – for now!  I have opinions about a lot of things but not bullfights.  This is a topic that is…

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  • The Perdicaris Kidnapping

    The Perdicaris Kidnapping

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    An ancient expression of frustration tells us. “There is nothing new under the Sun.” The story of Ion Perdicaris is proof.

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  • Oh . . . Olana, an Awesome Surprise

    Oh . . . Olana, an Awesome Surprise

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    To work in such beauty is certainly a distraction, but Frederick Church made the best of the Hudson Valley and became America’s highest paid artist. Read about his home than visit it. You will be awed beyond belief.

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  • S. S. Athenia: the first victim of war

    S. S. Athenia: the first victim of war

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    [elementor-template id=”3378″] S. S. Athenia: the first victim of war Sadness touched Fredericksburg, Virginia, earlier than most communities at the start of World War II–two years before the USA was officially involved in the war. It was a fact starkly driven home to me when I stumbled upon the memorial stone to Robert Shenton Harris…

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  • Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

    Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

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    [elementor-template id=”3378″] Wynken, Blynken, and Nod This Wynken, Blynken and Nod bronze statue sits in the center of the village green. It commemorates “The Dutch Lullaby” that was penned by Eugene Field in 1889. The statue was erected in 1938 to honor Elizabeth Cameron Bailey by her husband Fred Bailey. Fred and Elizabeth Bailey were…

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  • Oscar of the Waldorf

    Oscar of the Waldorf

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    [elementor-template id=”3378″] Oscar of the Waldorf History is not full of men and women known by only one name but Oscar is one such individual and we have almost forgotten him. Oscar was one of the truly charismatic people of the early 20th century.  His given name served to identify him to a world of…

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  • Cooks Forest State Park

    Cooks Forest State Park

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    [elementor-template id=”3378″] Cooks Forest State Park Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) wrote in his epic poem Evangeline:This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks,Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight,Stand like Druids of eld, with voices sad and prophetic,Stand like harpers hoar, with beards that rest on their bosoms.…

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There are words and phrases in our language which tug at our heartstrings. One such is the old expression about ships passing in the night. It is cherished because it conjures emotions that foster companionship without commitment. These powerful postcard images still evoke extraordinary feelings. Don’t just look; examine them!

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