Author: Prof Patty

BY OLIVIA B. WAXMAN  MAY 22, 2020 from Time.com Nowadays, Memorial Day honors veterans of all wars, but its roots are in America’s deadliest conflict, the Civil War. Approximately 620,000 soldiers died, about two-thirds from disease. The work of honoring the dead began right away all over the country, and several American towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. Researchers have…

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Britain and France conclude Sykes-Picot agreement On May 19, 1916, representatives of Great Britain and France secretly reach an accord, known as the Sykes-Picot agreement, by which most of the Arab lands under the rule of the Ottoman Empire are to be divided into British and French spheres of influence with the conclusion of World War I. The…

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Trying to Do Fewer “Bad ” Carbs So…after going to my doctor for a physical, and seeing that I am both an inch shorter than I’ve been my whole life (!!!!) and have gained 8 pounds over the past 7 weeks (sigh) I decided to do something about all this. I can’t make myself taller…

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Today I was in the mood for some southern-style cooking. I was born in the Midwest, grew up in the Midwest and Southwest, and lived among southerners and the descendants of Southerners. My thinking about food is influenced by the deliciousness of southern cooking, that is, the cooking done by black women in their hot…

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CT trooper barred from public interaction after profanity-filled traffic stop By Ben Lambert Updated 6:23 pm EDT, Tuesday, May 19, 2020 NEW HAVEN (ctpost.com) — Connecticut State Police are investigating after a trooper was filmed berating a motorist during a profanity-laced traffic stop on the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, with the trooper barred from interacting with the public, according…

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Winter Favorite: Apple Slices (Actually all year round favorite) When I was a kid in Chicago there used to be a bakery on 63rd and South Park at the foot of the EL (I know this shows how old I am…) South Park is now MLK and the bakery no longer exists. They always had…

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The Atlantic: The Coronavirus Was an Emergency Until Trump Found Out Who Was Dying. The pandemic has exposed the bitter terms of our racial contract, which deems certain lives of greater value than others. Adam Serwer Staff writer at The Atlantic MAY 8, 2020 […]The underlying assumptions of white innocence and black guilt are all part…

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 I enjoy concerts and Broadway plays and musicals. In these days of Covid 19, we aren’t able to go to see live events. Here are 2 recommendations: One World Together at Home  Join Global Citizen, the World Health Organization, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, and many more artists and healthcare experts as we raise…

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When I spoke at Faith Church earlier this year about the new normal, I had no idea that what the new normal looked like then would morph into what it looks like now. None. Nada.  I saw the new normal as a political problem – foolish me. My flights of fancy, impacted by 8 years…

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