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Ben Franklin's bifocals Sunday, February 21, 2010

Alice Freeman Palmer    Educator Alice Freeman Palmer
[1855 - Alice (Elvira Freeman) Palmer, educator, born in Colesville, New York]

Washington Monument
[1885 - The Washington Monument is dedicated]

Classical Guitarist Andrés Segovia
[1893 - Andres Segovia, classical guitarist, born in Linares, Spain]

Poet W.H. Auden
[1907 - W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden, Pulitzer Prize poet, born in York, England]

Actress Ann Sheridan
[1915 - Ann (Clara Lou) Sheridan, actress, born in Denton, Texas]

The New Yorker First Cover
[1925 - First issue of The New Yorker is published]

Director Sam Peckinpah
[1925 - Sam Peckinpah, director, born in Fresno, California]

Writer Erma Bombeck
[1927 - Erma Bombeck (Fiste), humorist, columnist, writer, born
in Dayton, Ohio]

Soul Singer Nina Simone
[1933 - Nina Simone (Eunice Waymon), singer, born in Tryon, North Carolina,]

Congresswoman Barbara Jordan
[1936 - Barbara Jordan, lawyer, educator,
U.S. Congresswoman, born in Houston, Texas]

DNA spinning
[1953 - F. Crick & J. Watson discover structure of DNA-molecule]

Malcolm X
[1965 - Malcolm X, black Muslim leader,
assassinated in New York at age 39]

The political philosophy of black nationalism means that the black man should control the politics and the politicians in his own community; no more.
Malcolm X

Are We There?

We are like children trapped by our own impatience in the back seat, capable only of pestering the adults in front with repeated cries of: "Are we there yet?"

The answer is as plain as the nose on your face (or on the face of the sage). It can be found in any shopping mall. Go to the intersection of the paths and you will find there a map of the small commercial universe. Plainly marked on it is the spot called: "You are here."

Earth as seen from Mars

William's Whimsical Words:

nothing special.

galaxy lens showing Earth's position in the Milky Way

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