Monthly Archives: June 2011

Stamptuary Hall: Jason Lee


Last week I wrote about Oregon’s John McLoughlin, who shares a stamp with his other state statue honoree, Jason Lee. Lee can be found in Statuary Hall. He would have been 208 years old two days ago, on June 28. … Continue reading

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Catalogue of Photography


My brother and sister gave me a cat camera for my birthday one year. We put it on our two indoor cats, one who was more upset by it than the other. (She tends to be more upset than the … Continue reading

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Stamptuary Hall: John McLoughlin


Who remembers playing Oregon Trail? I remember a really old-school version from elementary and middle school: two colors on the screen, shooting at pixelated buffalo that lumbered near the trees. I don’t remember how often I actually got to Oregon, … Continue reading

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One Quotable Nation


When Sarah Palin announced her One Nation bus tour, I looked forward to hearing which historic sites she would choose to visit. Though I am not (full disclosure) a Palin supporter, I am a visiting-historic-sites supporter. I knew I would … Continue reading

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What I Look Like at Work


The photo you’ve all been waiting for. Thanks Meredith!

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“A collection of items that everyone can actually identify with”


I recently read about Croatia’s new Museum of Broken Relationships, which I expect will have no trouble continuing to expand its collection of objects people don’t want anymore because the objects are bitter reminders of an ex. One line in … Continue reading

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Stamptuary Hall: Robert Fulton


Robert Fulton’s statue and stamp both show that for which he is most famous: his invention of the steamboat. In fact, his statue depicts Fulton seated, hard at work, eyes toward his model steamboat rather than the viewer. The Fulton … Continue reading

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