School House Rocks

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten. – B F Skinner I found this old broken country school house as I drove across Ohio from one shuttered smokestack to another.   Not sure if It is lost or if I was.

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No Man is an Island

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. – John Dunne, Meditation XVII Factories and their smokestacks didn’t pop into existence in a mythological big bang of prosperity.  Instead, prosperity is built over time by educated scientists, engineers, apprentices and entrepreneurs relying on previous experiences and advancements […]

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Steel and Lace

I like The Eiffel Tower because it looks like steel and lace. ― Natalie Lloyd   Only the French would use steel to build something so beautifully unique, delicately intricate and sexually suggestive. Ironically, it was intended as a “temporary” display for the 1889 World’s Fair to be dismantled in 1909 when ownership of the park reverted back to the City of Paris. […]

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The Ghosts of Bethlehem

Over the next several weeks I am going to write a bit more about Bethlehem Steel and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (and eventually Bethlehem Steel aka Lackawanna Steel, Buffalo, NY) because so much of this Bethlehem’s story is unknown outside the area. For now I will simply say, that at its manufacturing height, Bethlehem Steel Corporation was the United States’ second-largest steel […]

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Chasing smokestacks

The wonderful part of my job and professional life is that I am free to chase smokestacks. It is not that these monoliths to American history, ingenuity and industry are running but so often I am. About five years ago my life changed and I took two weeks at the end of March and drove […]

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