"Ron they lobbed boys into these institutions from around 11 or 12, especially if Irish and if tall, from age 10. High School was not a term in the 1820s-50s. I used the term to denote the rough ages of the boys, and recall: over…"
"Ron my grad work was on the Philadelphia House of Refuge which, naturally, required me to learn abt in detail, via original source materials from various historical societies, the many such 'schools', in Cincinatti, Boston, New…"
"Public education in the US has its origins in the purposes and curricula of the dozens of Houses of Refuge (reform schools) in every major city in the eastern half of the country, beginning in the 1820s. Their uniform purpose was to corral…"
"Amy Pepsi's far better than Coca-Cola.
BTW the reason Coke won China over Pepsi back in the '80s is bc the words Ke-Ke, Ke-Le, om Mandarin, can mean Tastes Great, Tastes Happy.
(Who says the Communist Masses…"
I can't seem to get to my inbox, but thank you for your notes!
My one question about the piece itself, is, does the first paragraph seem to be outside the rest of the piece? I ask because it's not meant to, it's meant to read as the first paragraph *of* the piece. Someone asked me about that the other day....
Flint is a sad statement of America today, we must stop interfering in other countries - occupying them and destroying their infrastructure and REBUILD our infrastructure. Too many towns in the USA are bankrupt or on the verge of bankruptcy.
I don't know if you will recall, but I wrote on Open Salon under the name "eyespye" and was an avid follower of your blog. I stayed with Open until they literally shut it down but have been reluctant to join Our Salon because I couldn't seem to find my "groove" (if you will) here. Anyway, I went ahead and signed up if only to read/comment ... when I saw you were here ... kinda sealed the deal. :-) Hopefully the writing wall I hit a while back will fall away, and I will be able to contribute more than just a comment.