In Search of History 4.0

29edf6e7cf452805e848d7975308c1f9Rise of the Super Rich are quite possibly today’s Gilded Age Robber Barons.

Much like Vanderbilt, Carnegie, Rockefeller and JP Morgan, today’s tech giants like Amazon, Facebook, Apple, & Google have amassed incredible wealth and we look upon them, for the most part, favorably. Yet, their growing dominance is giving rise to a trend we should be wary of. For instance, Facebook has a mountain of data on our personal lives, and while it doesn’t produce any news, news organizations are very dependent on social platforms like it and Twitter. Amazon has acquired Whole Foods and dominates the book market. Apple doesn’t produce music, but the the music industry is highly depend on Apple.

Most of us are happily dependent on these platforms as well, but the question is: Should we be? An old proverb states: The way the arrow is bent, is how it flies.

In Search of History 3.0

29edf6e7cf452805e848d7975308c1f9   American mass protests, widespread through the US, have become a distinct characteristic of the 20th and 21st century by Americans involved in civil engagement. Each of the top ten attended mass protests have occurred since 1963 and four of the top five have occurred since Donald Trump took office.

In case you haven’t read the clause recently, here it is:  The right to assembly is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the US Constitution: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or of the right of people to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

When the government sends armed police to break-up and or arrest peaceful demonstrations by Americans, something is going terribly wrong…

In Search of History 2.0

29edf6e7cf452805e848d7975308c1f9  150 years ago, this is how we were treating immigrants.. History repeating itself….

Starving and apparently, disease ridden, these immigrants were seeking refuge from the their home country. Many Americans rebelled against this. They were afraid they would take American Jobs and strain the Welfare system. They were thought to bring crime with them and they were thought to be rapists. But worst of all, they were the despised Irish….

In Search of History

29edf6e7cf452805e848d7975308c1f9 June 17, 1930 President Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Bill, ushering in a new era of protectionsim/isolationism. The Republican sponsored bill placed tariff’s on minerals, chemicals, textiles and farm goods.  These tariff’s amplified the emerging American Depression that lasted until we entered WWII in 1942. ~~~

 

Anne of Green Gables, Prince Edward Is.

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LM Montgomery’s “Green Gables” at Prince Edward Island.

Prince Edward Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia is the most stunning place. Miles of picturesque farms and surrounding sea is a feast for the eyes. We stayed in Charlottetown which is a wonderful place for walking tours and shopping, not to mention the coastal restaurants where lobster rolls melt in your mouth!

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This is the bedroom where LM Montgomery imagined the stories for her novels. Maud (without an e) Montgomery insisted, lived with her grandparents on their farm. She spent much of her time isolated from her peers, but her imagination soared.  The copper colored dress at the closet door was one Maud actually wore.

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This is the path leading to the haunted woods where Maud and her imaginary friend, Anne, (with an e, Anne insisted) walked on her way to the school house.

The lands surrounding the farm are strikingly beautiful and just a short trek through the woods to the ocean.

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This is the dining room inside of Green Gables, restored to the way it would have looked when Maud lived there.

Prince Edward Island is a place I hope to visit again. The ferry ride alone was worth the trip with views to the coastal island and Nova Scotia. And the lobster rolls on board were to die for. I’m a big fan nowadays of Lobster Rolls.

(If you have read the novels or  have seen the movie versions, you’ll understand the references to ‘e’)

More to come about Halifax, Nova Scotia…

White Point Lodge, Nova Scotia

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We stayed a week at White Point, and it was such a wonderful place to vacation. The lodge is so spacious and the food is delicious, especially the breakfast buffet.

We had our own bungalow with a large fireplace and a large flat screen. Cool! Though we didn’t spend much time watching TV as there was so much to do and see.

Rabbits run free and they are so friendly. In fact, there is a sign posted to be aware of rabbit crossings.

The weather was still cool and many of the trees had yet to green up, but the birch trees stood like bare sentinels from out side our deck. Hiking is a must and we took trails that led directly to the ocean.  I highly recommend this wonderful vacation place. ~~~

 

 

Vacationing in Nova Scotia

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Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

This is a beautiful coastal town we visited this week.  So many art galleries, book stores and other shops.  Great food.

The indigenous people are the Mi’Kmaq Indians who settled in Nova Scotia about 10,000 years ago after the glaciers retreated some 13,000 years ago.  In the 1500’s French Acadians (Catholics) fisherman and fur traders settle here and fought alongside the Indians against the British.  But, by the mid 1700’s, peace was obtained with the “Burying the Hatchet Ceremony.

More on Nova Scotia to come…..