The Geography of Friends and Family

My sisters and brother-in-law just finished a visit to North Carolina, so I have been thinking about a recent post on Scatterplot about "the geography of friends." The post highlights an analysis of friendship links on Facebook from the New York Times. The article cites existing research as showing: "The typical American lives just 18 … Continue reading The Geography of Friends and Family

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Merging My New Year’s Resolutions with My “To Do” List

I know people have differing views of the value of New Year's Resolutions, but I always do them. They give me a moment to reflect on the previous year's aspirations, successes, and failures, and to articulate some new (or, often, continuing) aspirations for the coming year. One problem, though, is that I don't often revisit … Continue reading Merging My New Year’s Resolutions with My “To Do” List

Verizon Wireless’s Fool-Proof Plan for Losing a Customer

Final Update: Somehow "Brandon" in the corporate office got my blog post yesterday. He apologized on behalf of Verizon and said he would call financial services on my behalf to get me taken off "cash only" status. Thus resolves my 2 month issue. As compensation for my trouble, Verizon waived the remaining $240 I owed … Continue reading Verizon Wireless’s Fool-Proof Plan for Losing a Customer

Pilgrimages to Japanese-American World War II Internment Camps and Isolation Centers

This page collects all of my previous posts about the interment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and provides a home for my (hopefully) growing list of pilgrimages to the sites of internment camps and isolation centers. Previous Posts Discovering Japanese-American World War II Internment Camps Historical Background to the Internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII … Continue reading Pilgrimages to Japanese-American World War II Internment Camps and Isolation Centers

Directions to Leupp Isolation Center (World War II Japanese-American Detention) Site

As noted in my previous post, there is no official historical marker for the Leupp Isolation Center for Japanese-American detainees during World War II. Nor is the location marked on Google Maps (though I submitted a request that Google add a marker). For anyone wanting to go see the site, here are the directions I … Continue reading Directions to Leupp Isolation Center (World War II Japanese-American Detention) Site

Pilgrimage to Dalton Wells Isolation Center, Moab, Utah

The resistance to the unjust authority felt by Japanese-American citizens who were forcible evacuated from their homes and imprisoned in concentration camps during World War II went beyond the organized efforts against the loyalty questionnaire I discussed in an earlier post. And the resistance was not without consequence. One of the best known detainees at … Continue reading Pilgrimage to Dalton Wells Isolation Center, Moab, Utah

President Donald J. Trump – 10 Initial Gut Reactions and Reflections

I do not follow politics closely anymore, so I am not well-placed to comment on the recent election as anything other than a regular, half-awake citizen. So instead of thoughtful, informed commentary on the political future ahead, I am offering my initial gut reactions and reflections on the election of Donald J. Trump as President … Continue reading President Donald J. Trump – 10 Initial Gut Reactions and Reflections