Damnatio Memoriae…Again!

I wrote the original post some five years ago, trying to place within context the desecration of memory I saw taking place. Many Americans were judging historical figures based upon our modern ethos and condemning them for not acceding to our modern expectations. Now five years later, I see the renewed and continuing desire ofContinue reading “Damnatio Memoriae…Again!”

Happy Birthday America!

July 4th was just an ordinary day, until the year 1776. We honor that day long ago, and yet not so long, when our forefathers were fighting and dying, the continental congress, as representatives of each new state, made the decision that those lives would be laid down for something greater: a new nation builtContinue reading “Happy Birthday America!”

100 Years After The Great War

April 6, 1917 One hundred years ago today, after repeated demands that Germany end its unrestricted submarine warfare on United States shipping and the publication of the Zimmerman Telegraph, the United States Congress formally declared war on Germany, marking America’s entrance into the Great War (World War I). I want to say thank you toContinue reading “100 Years After The Great War”

A Quick Thought

What is the best point in history to live? As a historian, there are many many time periods I would love to visit, but if Ihad to  choose  one to live out the rest of my days I would choose one of the most boring (regardless of the era). Why? Great wars and calamities makeContinue reading “A Quick Thought”

Only Mere Words…

To a writer this is blasphemy. The power of words is staggering, able to split the heart and soul. Able to move nations to greatness and smash empires into nothing. They can forge friendships between enemies, and betray the trust given by our dearest friends. Words, written or spoken, are a fierce fire that canContinue reading “Only Mere Words…”

A Quick Thought…

Sometimes the mere pursuit of something is worth more than obtaining it. The value of embarking on a journey can be more than reaching its end. How many times have you read a book, rushing to the end, and when you arrive…the end is a disappointment. The story and characters, and setting, it was allContinue reading “A Quick Thought…”

Do You “Like” This?

Of late, I’ve noticed a steadily growing trend for people, and even businesses, to place their sense of success and self worth solely upon the number of “likes” and comments on <insert popular social media here>. In America today, how we are perceived by others has become so important that our desire to be uniqueContinue reading “Do You “Like” This?”

Damnatio memoriae

Memory is one of the most important ways history influences our world. The way in which we remember events of the past can shape our perceptions of present and future events. The historical manuscripts, artifacts, statues, and buildings that our collective history is based upon also influences our cultural identity. The destruction of the sameContinue reading “Damnatio memoriae”