Char Miller

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Urban Scrawl

by | Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 6:43 pm CST
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The Shelf Life of the Presidential Mind

Presidents read. Or so they tell us. They believe in the power of the book. Or so some have professed. The cousins Roosevelt were up-front about their love of the mindful engagement that reading demands; so were those wonks-in-chief, Woodrow … Read More

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Ike’s Wake

Galveston looks like a war zone. Sections of the 61st Street pier still stand, but the rest was splintered in Hurricane Ike’s churning surge. Winds clocked at 110 mph collapsed the roof at City Hall; famous seaside restaurants imploded and … Read More

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Ike’s Wake

CORRECTION: The following story contains an error. Based on inaccurate initial news reports, the Observer reported that Galveston’s bronze seawall memorial to the victims of the storm of 1900 was destroyed by Hurricane Ike. The memorial, in fact, survived. Galveston … Read More

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Ike’s Wake

The following article contains an error requiring clarification as noted. Galveston looks like a war zone. Sections of the 61st Street pier still stand, but the rest was splintered in Hurricane Ike’s churning surge. Winds clocked at 110 mph collapsed … Read More

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Body Politic, Rest & Motion

Human history is about the movement of people through space and across time. Americans especially have made a totem of this idea. It’s embedded in Puritan prayers for safe passage to a new Canaan, in the literary musings of James … Read More

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Earthly Emancipator

Harriet Tubman: Imagining a Life They called her Moses. Her given name was Araminta Ross, shortened to “Minty,” a nickname she bore until she became Harriet Tubman. It’s difficult to pinpoint when this particular shift in identity occurred. Yet there … Read More

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Corps Failure

The Storm: What Went Wrong and Why During Hurricane Katrina—the Inside Story From One Louisiana Scientist Just when you thought fate couldn’t become any crueler for post-Katrina New Orleans, it did. A December article in Geophysical Research Letters concluded that—in … Read More

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True Grit

The Worst Hard Time: In China, the dust is flying. Stinging sandstorms have been billowing up from Inner Mongolia and the Tibetan Plateau and are sweeping east to blot out the skies over Beijing; so powerful are these night-dark surges … Read More

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Half Empty

When the Rivers Run Dry: Water—The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-First Century Hot enough for you?I know summer has arrived when I hear this rhetorical question, and was not disappointed last April as temperatures surged over the century mark and … Read More

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