Kee Malesky http://krvs.org en In The Royal Baby Guessing Game, What's The Surname? http://krvs.org/post/royal-baby-guessing-game-whats-surname Plantagenets, Tudors, Stuarts, Hanovers and now what?<p>There's been plenty of speculation about what name will be chosen for the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (better known as Will and Kate). Bets are being placed on Charlotte, Alice, Grace, Charles, George, James, etc. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 23:10:00 +0000 Kee Malesky 29207 at http://krvs.org In The Royal Baby Guessing Game, What's The Surname? Close The Year Out With Some Best-Selling Last Words http://krvs.org/post/close-year-out-some-best-selling-last-words People often make lists of the greatest opening lines in fiction, but closing lines really appeal to me. They're your final moments with a book and can help you remember and treasure it forever.<p>The last weekend of the year seems an appropriate time to consider the final words of our favorite novels and short stories. Here are some that I'm especially fond of:<p><strong><em>The Great Gatsby</em></strong><br />F. Scott Fitzgerald<br />"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."<p><em><strong>Middlemarch</strong><br /></em>George Eliot Sun, 30 Dec 2012 12:50:00 +0000 Kee Malesky 17430 at http://krvs.org Close The Year Out With Some Best-Selling Last Words The Strangely True Tale Of Johnny Appleseed http://krvs.org/post/strangely-true-tale-johnny-appleseed Apples — right off the tree, baked in a pie, pressed into cider or mashed into sauce — are a basic element of American culture. October is the month to celebrate them, thanks, in part, to Johnny Appleseed.<p>You've probably heard of the legendary character who traveled the Midwest planting trees, but he's not a myth. Johnny Appleseed's real name was John Chapman, and he was born in Massachusetts in either 1774 or 1775.<p>He was first noticed by history in 1801 when he arrived on horseback at the farm of John Stedden in Licking Creek, Ohio. Sat, 20 Oct 2012 21:12:00 +0000 Kee Malesky 13673 at http://krvs.org The Strangely True Tale Of Johnny Appleseed Antietam 'Death Studies' Changed How We Saw War http://krvs.org/post/antietam-death-studies-changed-how-we-saw-war In mid-September 1862, the Civil War was only a year and a half old, and many Americans in the North and the South still clung to the view that this war was a noble, glorious, even romantic undertaking. That notion was shattered forever when Alexander Gardner and his assistant James Gibson, working for photographer Mathew Brady's firm, came to Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, Md.<p>Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and George McClellan's Army of the Potomac had collided there in a battle that was, and remains, the nation's bloodiest day. Sat, 15 Sep 2012 12:14:00 +0000 Kee Malesky 11560 at http://krvs.org Antietam 'Death Studies' Changed How We Saw War Feathers And Rubber Bands: A Golf Ball Story http://krvs.org/post/feathers-and-rubber-bands-golf-ball-story If you're Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy teeing off in the final rounds of the 2012 PGA Championship this weekend, you're probably not thinking about the fascinating history of the golf ball. But those of us who are just spectating can take a moment to contemplate this little gem of modern engineering. From wood to feathers to tree sap, rubber bands, cork or compressed air — today's little white spheroid has had an interesting evolution.<p>Back in the mist of history, the game of golf was played with balls carved from hardwood. Sat, 11 Aug 2012 21:12:00 +0000 Kee Malesky 9350 at http://krvs.org Feathers And Rubber Bands: A Golf Ball Story