The Ultimate Reading Challenge: Ghost Liners

Have you ever gone through reading phases where you end up reading the same type of book over and over until you’ve gotten your fill for the rest of the year? Well, I’ve been reading a lot of books about disasters at sea lately. First it was A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice by …

Sea of Ice: The Discovery of the Endurance

Photo credit: CBC.ca You know you’re a history nerd when a shipwreck’s discovery elicits an “Oh my God!” instead of an “Oh, cool.” I was ecstatic to learn yesterday that the wreckage of the Endurance, the vessel commanded by Sir Ernest Shackleton in his 1915 attempted expedition to the South Pole, had been discovered – …

Timbits

50 Timbits. 10 deserving girls. The rest of the class, hoping their friends will take pity on them and give them a free handout. This is the scene that plays out in my classroom on a dreary Thursday afternoon. As I sit here typing this on my cellphone, timbit-less, students are milling in the hallways …

The Only Plane In The Sky

Recently, on the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, my dad wrote a review of a book called The Only Plane In The Sky, written by Garret M. Graff. This book tells an oral history of the events leading up to, during, and after September 11th, 2001, and draws from hundreds of transcripts of …

June 6th, 2020

Today is a day like any other. Summer temperatures are setting in, so people are taking full advantage of the beautiful weather to ride their bikes, have socially distant visits with friends, and go for walks. Everywhere you look, children are playing, and the sky above is a bright blue, dotted with puffy white clouds. …

The RMS Titanic And I

Today, April 15th, 2020, marks the 108th anniversary of the sinking of one of the greatest ships to ever sail the sea: the RMS Titanic. Her tragic story has captivated millions, so much so that the liner is still talked about in the news to this day. She may lie roughly 12, 500 feet below …

How To Turn That History Frown Upside-Down

You know the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”? Well, today I’m going to make some quality figurative lemonade. Before March Break, one of the projects I was working on at school was a presentation on a topic of my choice. But since it looks like I won’t be heading back to school …