Willman on October 30th, 2010

I may have forgotten much of my childhood, but I think I will always remember that day in third grade when we learned that a classmate had lost his entire family to the Pittsfield (OH) tornado of 1965. It was April 11th, Palm Sunday, and unsettled weather across much of the Midwest spawned 47 tornadoes [...]

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Willman on October 11th, 2010

Many years ago, while traveling around eastern Africa, Beth and I spent a couple of days in Mombasa, a sleepy Kenyan city on the Indian Ocean. For our first morning there we had planned a long, lazy walk around town. As we left the hotel we were stopped by a young boy, perhaps eight years [...]

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Willman on October 6th, 2010

When I was a kid, my dad smoked. It didn’t seem too unusual back then – many people smoked in the U.S. in the 60s. In fact, 1966 was a high point for smoking – more than 57% of young men between the ages of 20 and 24 lit up, while more than 42% of [...]

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