Lady Carlotta and the Forest Fire

Mary “Lady Carlotta” Myers and her husband Carl lived in a house near Mohawk, New York, that became known as The Balloon Farm. In the summer months, it was often surrounded by half-inflated balloons, which gave the appearance of strange crops growing on the lawn.

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The School at Cuckfield

About 500 years ago, a school was opened in the English village of Cuckfield. Sixteen men–among them, several of my ancestors–sat down to draw up the rules, apparently without the help of a Powerpoint projector.

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