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Powered Flight

Great blue herons twist and bank overhead Like a Wright Brothers contraption, a few years after Kitty Hawk. Advertisements

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Thinking Outside of the Box (Way Outside of the Box)

I just received a copy of The Saukie Indians and Their Great Chiefs Black Hawk and Keokuk.  My copy is one of those print-on-demand books–the original was published in 1926, and was written by Amer Mills Stocking.  This is a … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 73: Valentine’s Day

Henry Webster Parker’s Book Poems sat in the library at the University of California for a century and a half. You may remember that Henry was the poet, preacher, and college professor whose name is on the description of the … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 13: Henry Gets a Little Weird

Henry W. Parker, the poet who described the Poweshiek skipper seemed to have a fairly consistent theme in his poetry.  Unless it was for some special event, his poetry always seemed to have some kind of religious theme and never strayed too … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 11: The Poet Who Described the Butterfly

Henry W. Parker wrote the scientific description of the Poweshiek skipper, now called Oarisma poweshiek. In 1865 the Iowa Wool-Grower’s Association had a sheep-sheering festival in Grinnell, Iowa.  The Reverend Henry W. Parker had recently moved to Iowa, and was … Continue reading

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