Monthly Archives: April 2020

Poker Alice

Life in the old west was hard on everyone, but it was especially difficult for the ladies.  In the post-Civil War period, it was common for proper young ladies to accompany their new husbands into the western territories.  It was … Continue reading

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Land and Conflict

The entire purpose of European exploration and settlement/colonization was to discover new lands and harvest their resources toward the accumulation of wealth, power, and prestige.  The world’s colonial empires were humongous, and like the vast expanse of the Roman Empire … Continue reading

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Another Fast Gun

“Then Jesus said to him, ‘Put your sword back into its place; for all who take up the sword will perish by the sword.’” Young people develop romantic notions, limited only by their imagination and circumstances.  It is the primary … Continue reading

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Boot Hill

A boot hill is defined as a burial ground, especially for men killed in gunfights, owing to the fact that they died with their boots on.  The definition belies the truth; not everyone who died with their boots on was … Continue reading

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