Author Archives: kihm

The Blind Reader

I think it’s safe to say that Della Donner and Patti Collins met but once, in December of 1913. Although both lived in Washington D.C., they moved in different circles. Della Newsom Donner “liked to go about a great deal.” Her former husband, William H. Donner, was “a home-loving man” who made $4,000,000 when U.S. […]

Sorting Out a Festering Fleshpot

In 1817, Spain’s hold on its American colonies, including Florida, was weakening, so much so that an adventurer named Gregor MacGregor was able to take possession of Florida’s Amelia Island with an amateur army of 100 men. But within a few months of yellow fever and not much to eat, MacGregor abandoned his possession, which […]

Bull Dog House on West Lake

Plans are underway to demolish an existing structure on West Lake Street and build a replica of the Bull Dog Café on the site. A Los Angeles architect has been given the assignment of recreating the original as a weekend home for a financier from New York City. “Everything will be a little larger in […]

A Christmas Story

I was a child of the Sixties, and glad of it, and one of my favorite places during that time was The Dragon’s Emporium, at the corner of South Beech and Trinity Place in the Westcott Nation of Syracuse, N.Y. At first glance it could have been loosely categorized as a “head shop,” but the […]

Coffee — Tell It Like It Is

When I was in the Air Force, I was stationed for a time at the National Security Agency. It was 1970, still part of the Sixties really, and so a great many people were enjoying marijuana and a great many others were trying to make them stop. Part of the latter campaign included articles like […]

Speak English

“These foreign people have thrown a circle around themselves… they have studiously striven to exclude everything American and to cherish everything foreign… There must be an interpretation anew of the oath of allegiance… It means that you will speak the American language, sing American songs; that you will begin earnestly to study American history; that […]

The Stow Ferry

When I was a boy, in the 1950s, my father’s parents had a summer cottage on Hadley Bay of Chautauqua Lake. As everyone knows, the word “chautauqua” is Seneca for “bag tied in the middle,” a reference to the narrow point in the middle of the lake, and it was there that the Bemis Point-Stow […]

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