Calendar Origins

It is near the end of January, the first month of a new year.  By now we should all have our new calendars hanging up, which will soon be marked up and down and scribbled with all our plans.  The calendar we use is something ubiquitous in our day-to-day activities.   By this we plot out…
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Natchez

In early autumn throngs of travelers descend upon a small town up on the bluffs of the east bank of the Mississippi River about an hour’s drive north of Baton Rouge.  This is Natchez, a picturesque town rich in history.  Its name came from a local tribe based in the area who were among the…
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Books for Stargazing

Astronomy might be a science, but it also one of humankind's oldest pastimes.  For our distant ancestors the unblotted night sky was a heavenly tapestry woven with the stories of gods and heroes, and we still call the planets by the Roman names of the Olympians.  Over centuries, astronomers studied the stars and speculated about…
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001.9

If you have browsed nonfiction, you may have noticed that at the end of general knowledge (Dewey Decimal 001) and right before books about books (002) there are some titles on unusual topics.  You might encounter Atlantis, Area 51, bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and other subjects worthy of The X-Files under the call number…
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