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: Violence now a disturbing norm

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The good news is that the statistics for all types of violent gun deaths in the U.S. have been essentially flat since about 2000, following a sharp drop since the 1990s, when such deaths peaked. There were about … 0

Blagg: Nightmare just beginning

Sunday, June 8, 2014

It was interesting, and sobering, to watch the various memorials to the D-Day landings on Normandy back in June of 1944. Dignitaries went to ceremonies honoring the dead and soldiers of different nations who had participated were asked, … 0

Blagg: ‘Korengal’ worth seeing

Sunday, June 1, 2014

After the Civil War, Union veterans formed the Grand Army of the Republic, and posts — which offered convivial settings where members could reminisce about the war and offer support for each other — were established all across the country. Greenfield’s was Post No. 174, named after Edwin … 0

Blagg: Placing stamp on air travel

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Back in 1929, a giant airship, the Graf Zeppelin, slowly left its mooring at Lakehurst, N.J., and moved east, flying over New York City, its five engines roaring and headed out over the Atlantic. Twenty-one days later, the airship was back in New Jersey, having circled the world … 0

Blagg: I like Justice Stevens’ thinking

Sunday, May 18, 2014

As you may remember, I’ve been advocating for some time for two amendments to the Constitution that I believe would go a long way toward helping our country get back on the democratic path envisioned by the Founding … 1

Blagg: Someone you could count on

Sunday, May 11, 2014

An old friend of mine died the other day. I don’t make it a practice to write about these sad but inevitable events but I think Bill White deserves special mention. Bill, who many knew through his years … 0

Blagg: Prescription for trouble

Sunday, May 4, 2014

We live in a society that is increasingly uncomfortable with pain. Whether it’s psychological or physical, pain is something to be avoided, to be shunted aside, dealt with — instead of borne with fortitude. The loss of a … 1

Blagg: Last run for bomber plant?

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Ford’s Willow Run aircraft plant is a monument to American manufacturing. The factory, dedicated to building B-24 “Liberator” bombers, was the largest under one roof in the world — enclosing some 3.5 million square feet with an assembly … 0

Blagg: A loving response

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Way out in Topeka, Kan., just down the street from a McDonald’s and a Sonic Drive-in, sits a tidy white ediface called the Westboro Baptist Church. Hanging from one end of the building is a banner inscribed “godhatesamerica.com.” … 0

Blagg: Time may be running out

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Somewhere on the bottom of the Indian Ocean, some 1,000 miles west of Australia, three miles down, there may be an answer to the mystery that’s been baffling the world for the last month. Is the wreckage of … 0

Blagg: Shortchanging dollar coin

Sunday, April 6, 2014

What the heck is wrong with the idea of a one dollar coin? Why do Americans persist in disdaining those pretty little gold-colored representations of Sacagewea and her baby, or the 11-sided Susan B. Anthony version, with its depiction of Apollo 11’s landing on the moon? Just about … 1

Blagg: ‘Year without a summer’

Sunday, March 30, 2014

OK, I admit it, I’m hankering for a bit of spring warmth — birds building nests, green shoots sprouting up through last year’s plant debris, enough sun to warrant sitting out on my bench and luxuriating in its … 0