Archive for the 'people' Category

John Atta Mills, President of Ghana, dies at 68

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Ghana’s President, John Atta Mills died today at age 68. Mills narrowly won the presidency in 2009 and was reportedly planning to run for a second term in December. According to the BBC, mills died of throat cancer. John Dramani Mahama, his vice-president, has been sworn in as his replacement in a ceremony in the […]

Happy Birthday, Dain’s Place

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Today is Dain’s Birthday and the 5th anniversary of his bar, Dain’s Place! I went there for lunch today and gave Dain a bottle of last year’s barrel-aged Sexual Chocolate stout. Happy birthday, oh Bearded One!  

Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011)

Friday, December 16th, 2011

The best blended Scotch in the history of the world – which was also the favourite drink of the Iraqi Baath Party, as it still is of the Palestinian Authority and the Libyan dictatorship and large branches of the Saudi Arabian royal family – is Johnnie Walker Black. Breakfast of champions, accept no substitute. — […]

It is the woman who pays

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Letter from Kurt Vonnegut to Marianne Brown shared on Letters of Note. Kurt, we miss you.

Recent articles about efficiency in running

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

In the NY Times, Christopher McDougall writes about barefoot running and raves about the merits of a 100-year-old training exercise called 100 Up: It was five months since I discovered W.S. George’s “100-Up,” and I’d been doing the exercise regularly. In George’s essay, he says he invented the 100-Up in 1874, when he was an […]

Togo elections: a new generation emerges

Monday, March 1st, 2010

On March 4, voters in Togo for the first time ever will have a choice between two young-ish leaders, as a new generation of politicians is slowly emerging from the shadows of the aging post-colonial crop of politicians. At least they are supposed to be able to choose. Considering that the election committee that oversees […]

Everil “Peg” Michel, 1908 – 2007

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Laura’s grandmother Peg was born on December 6, 1908 in Trevor, Wisconsin – the same year Bette Davis was born (April 5) and Henry Ford produced his first Model T automobile. She was the daughter of Wayne and Lillian (Frank) Bush. Peg died on December 17, 2007 peacefully in her sleep at a retirement home in […]

Shirley Burwell, 1938 – 2007

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Today was the funeral of my co-worker Shirley, or as West Durham Baptist Church called it, her Homegoing Celebration. The church was full, and the mood was somber, but not depressed. Shirley had touched many people with kindness and generosity, and many of the people who came to bid farewell to her were grateful for […]