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The Clipper Ship Era: An Epitome of Famous American and British Clipper Ships, Their Owners, Builders, Commanders, and Crews, 1843-1869

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Hey folks, this is another review in my series on the Tea Clipper Races. This one gets a bit into the weeds (both the review and the book itself), but hopefully you can find something useful here. For someone new…
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Some Thoughts on Garrison Keillor’s Final Show


  I sit in a 24 hour diner as I write this. It’s 2am, and this place is packed to the gullet with pre-drunks, post-drunks, rascally high schoolers, moony couples, and first shift insomniacs—a regular cross-section of America. A few hours…
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30+ Reasons You Should Not Vote Trump

Photo by Michael Vadon. Shared under creative commons attribution license.

I don’t write political pieces. I’m not a terribly active politically. I leave it to others to wrangle and yell and hash out their relationship with the half of the country that disagrees with them. I am registered as an…
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Films For Creative Types

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Artists often work alone. While isolation naturally draws introverted personalities into the richness of their inner life, it can also leave creatives feeling confused about their progress and place in the world. Is all this a waste of time? Who…
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Movie Review: In the Heart of the Sea [Part 2]

InThe Heart of the Sea Movie Poster

I’m a fan of nautical stories (Read: The Famous Tea Clipper Races), particularly those based in the 1800s, I also am a big fan of the National Book Award winning tome this movie was based on (Read: My Book Review)….
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Book Review: In the Heart of the Sea [Part 1]

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This review comes some fifteen years after the book was originally published. I picked it up recently both because of my interest in the nautical goings on of the early 1800s, (and because of the movie, review here). In the…
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Learn to Sail LA’s Official Tall Ships (For Free!)


My love of tall ships goes back a ways, but given my recent research dive into the great tea races, it’s taken on an outsized portion of my attention lately. Back when I was working at a tea importing company,…
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Early American Dominance in the Great Tea Races

Card Advertising the a Clipper Ship bound for San Francisco

There are many factors that lead up to the world famous tea clipper races in the mid 19th century, where merchant companies raced each other three quarters of the way across the globe to command the best price for tea….
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