The Battle of Blair Mountain

Battle of Blair Mountain plaque

Here is an excellent note from Congressman Alan Grayson (D-Orlando] that shines a light on a little-known part of our nation’s history: “This weekend marks the anniversary of the most brutal confrontation in the history of the American labor movement, the Battle of Blair Mountain. For one week during 1921, armed, striking coal miners battled scabs, a…

A Short-cut to a Thousand Words

…The effect of methamphetamines on a face sculpted in water-based clay [was] made as a tool for D.A.R.E. This sculpture was originally created for the artist’s young daughters to show some of the effects of drug abuse. The lesions and more graphic aspects were deliberately not depicted…  —from Meth-Amorphosis, YouTube video

The Day I Began to Rebel Against Authority

A few months before I graduated from high school, in 1966, my World Literature teacher assigned a book report that would change my life. We could read any book we desired, from any author, on any subject and write a report on it. The score on the report was a major part of our final grade for the period.…

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