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Frances Perkins

Today-May 13th-is the Feast Day for Frances Perkins, in the Calendar of Lesser Feasts and Fasts of the Episcopal Church that named Perkins a “holy woman.” As Secretary of Labor, Perkins was the first woman in a presidential cabinet and … Continue reading

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The Crazy History of Thanksgiving Day Parades: Ragamuffins, Hobos, Scary Masks, and Trick or Treat!

Recently an “audio engineer” came to my house to interview me for a program on America’s Test Kitchen with host Christopher Kimball. The program aired 11/21/15: Here the description and link:  It’s 50 minutes. I come in at about 16 … Continue reading

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Understanding Death

Linda isn’t always free to come to my talks. But she was last night when I spoke at the Bernards Township Library, Basking Ridge, NJ.  My “official” photographer, she took this photograph of my silhouettee against the slide of the … Continue reading

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Author Questions and Answers

FYI: Here is the list of questions my editor asked me to answer as new bonus material in the August 2015 reissue of “Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of Burial.” For me, it is easier to write about anything … Continue reading

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On Dealing with Death

Just got a heads up from a friend that the reissue of my book Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of Burial in a trade paperback edition with a new cover and bonus material, including a Q & A and … Continue reading

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Toilets, Bathtubs, Sinks, and Sewers

Because I’m the author of  Toilets, Bathtubs, Sinks and Sewers: A History of the Bathroom, (revised edition, 2011), a producer from Iowa Public Radio contacted me to talk about the history of the bathroom on “Talk of Iowa” hosted by … Continue reading

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