Tim Blagg

Blagg: Oz, Baum and me

Sunday, September 28, 2014

I owe a lot to the “Wizard of Oz” ... not the movie, particularly, but to L. Frank Baum, the guy who wrote that wonderful series of books about Dorothy Gale and her friends and their adventures in a marvelous world of make-believe. You see, that book, and the 13 sequels Baum wrote, got me started on reading ... and taught me to speed read, an attribute that has served me well throughout my whole life. I was slow to start reading, back at Zia Elementary School in Albuquerque, N.M. in the late 1940s. But the school was unusual for that time, in that it … 0

Blagg: ‘Green’ energy mix can be done

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The other day, newspapers across New England carried a story that heralded the fact that Burlington, Vt. is claiming that 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water, and biomass. With the purchase of the 7.4-megawatt Winooski 1 hydroelectric project on the Winooski Rive, the story said, the Burlington Electric Department crossed a long awaited threshold and … 0

Blagg: Connecting history’s dots

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Every once in awhile, the stars align and mysterious — and interesting — things happen. That was the case the other day for me. I was listening to NPR in the morning, as usual, when I heard a story about the anniversary of the creation of our national anthem. Francis Scott Key, it turns out, scribbled the words to “The Star Spangled Banner” … 0

Blagg:McKinley's assassination shocks the nation

Sunday, September 7, 2014

One hundred and thirteen years ago, on Sept. 6, 1901, at about 4 in the afternoon, President William McKinley was shot at point-blank range by an anarchist, Leon Czolgosz. McKinley was shaking hands at a reception at the … 0

Blagg: Railroad town at heart

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Wow! That’s what I thought when I read the story in The Recorder about Gov. Patrick chugging into town on a special train to announce that the state is spending a pretty good chunk of money — $17 million, he said — to get ready for Amtrak’s Vermonter. … 0

Blagg: New-age holy war

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Back in the year 613, when the Prophet Muhammad was preaching to the first few converts to what would become Islam, his message was one of peace. When he and his followers were expelled from Mecca, a small … 0

Blagg: Rules of engagement

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The phrase “rules of engagement” — or ROE — is a familiar one to soldiers and police officers around the world. The rules, which should be drilled into anyone going into combat, or who routinely carries a weapon … 0

Blagg: Nothing to fear

Sunday, August 10, 2014

It’s a ghastly disease. Its victims suffer terribly, sweating and drooling and racked with pain — and they pass their malady on through the exchange of bodily fluids. Once the symptoms appear, only herculean efforts on the part of attending physicians can save an afflicted person’s life. Despite … 0

Blagg: Switch from gasoline to ethanol linked to higher ozone levels

Sunday, August 3, 2014

We’re all familiar with the fact that when we fill up our cars with gasoline these days, what flows into the tank is really not all gas. Ten percent of that very expensive liquid with which we fuel … 0

Blagg: Before war was unleashed

Sunday, July 27, 2014

It was nearly 100 years ago next month that the opening salvos of the Great War thundered across the Belgian countryside — the Great Powers of the world were throwing their manpower and industrial might at each other in a titanic struggle that would change the world forever. … 0

Blagg: Middle East missiles

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The news from the Middle East just keeps getting worse and worse. Teenagers kidnapped and murdered, young children hit by artillery fire, thousands of rockets being fired at random into neighborhoods and now the Israeli army is making … 2

Blagg: More meow than roar

Sunday, July 13, 2014

It was 1931, and the League of Nations, formed after World War I to “prevent wars through collective security and disarmament and settle international disputes through negotiation and arbitration,” was just a dozen years old. Since its formation, … 0

Blagg: Shipwreck mysteries

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Reading about the purported discovery of the wreck of the Griffin, the first real ship ever to sail the Great Lakes, took me back to my Bermuda days. One summer in the ’60s, while I was living with my parents during summer break, I worked as an instructor … 0

Blagg: Ivory ban enforcement hits sour note

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The other day, poachers used a poison arrow to kill Satao, one of Kenya’s most adored elephants. They then hacked off his 61/ 2-foot-long tusks and carried them off to sell for their ivory, reaping a large reward … 1

Blagg: Still searching for Earhart

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Most people have heard of Amelia Earhart, even though she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared into thin air 77 years ago over the South Pacific during an attempt to be the first woman to fly around the … 0